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Alberta reports 243 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death Wednesday

On Wednesday, Alberta reported 243 new cases of the disease as well as one more death. Since March, the province has seen 21,199 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Edmonton zone woman in her 30s dies, only the second death among Albertans aged 30-39

The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta continues to creep upward after being relatively stable through September. (Credit: iStock/Getty Images)

While the number of new and active COVID-19 cases in the Alberta rarely mushroom, they are climbing inexorably upward.

On Wednesday, Alberta reported 243 new cases of the disease as well as one more death. Since March, the province has seen 21,199 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The latest numbers showed there were 2,689 active cases in Alberta as of Wednesday, up from 2,615 the day before. Two weeks ago, the number of active cases was still hovering around 1,500, where it had remained for much of September. But since Oct. 1, the number of cases has been growing.

There were 100 people in hospital with the disease on Wednesday, including 14 in intensive care.

The death was a woman in her 30s from the Edmonton zone. The death was only the second in the 30-39 age group in Alberta and only the third death of an Albertan under the age of 40.

A total of 287 Albertans have now died from COVID-19.

Here is the regional breakdown of active cases:

  • Edmonton zone: 1,473 cases, up from 1,444 Tuesday
  • Calgary zone:  791 cases, up from 754 
  • North zone:  124 cases, down from 127 
  • South zone: 177 cases, up from 160 
  • Central zone: 108 cases, down from 109
  • Unknown: 16 cases, down from 21 

The number of tests completed Tuesday was 14,881, which takes the total number of tests done in the province to 1,571,176.

There are now 21 schools under watch, meaning they have recorded at least five cases of COVID-19. There are 68 schools with two to four cases.

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