Alberta reports 1,608 new cases of COVID-19, second highest number during pandemic

The total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta grew to 15,692, according to the province.

The Edmonton zone has the highest number of hospitalizations and people in the ICU

The SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., are shown in a 2020 electron microscope image. (NIAID-RML/Associated Press)

Alberta reported 1,608 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths on Sunday.

The total number of active cases in Alberta grew to 15,692, according to the province. There are 435 people in the hospital, including 95 in intensive care. 

The nine deaths bring the provincial total to 533. Five deaths were linked to the outbreak at the Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre in Edmonton. They include a man and woman, both in their 80s, who died on Nov. 25. They had underlying conditions.

A man in his 70s who died on Nov. 26 also had underlying conditions. Another man and woman in their 90s who died on Nov. 27 had one or more additional conditions.

The remaining deaths include a man in his 90s linked to the outbreak at Westlock Continuing Care Centre in North zone. The province did not confirm if he had underlying conditions. Another man in his 90s in South zone who died on Nov. 28 had underlying conditions.

A man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at Laurel Heights Retirement Residence in Edmonton zone died on Nov. 28, and a man in his 80s who died Nov. 29 was linked to the outbreak at Clifton Manor in Calgary zone. The province could not confirm underlying conditions for either.

A regional breakdown of cases as of Saturday shows the impact of COVID-19 in different parts of the province:

  • Calgary zone: 5,756 active cases

  • South zone: 642 active cases

  • Edmonton zone: 7,230 active cases

  • North zone: 857 active cases

  • Central zone: 1,101 active cases

  • Unknown: 106 active cases

The majority of people in hospital and ICU are from the Edmonton zone. There are 222 people hospitalized in Edmonton and 50 in intensive care. In comparison, Calgary has 138 people in hospital and 33 in intensive care. The remaining zones' hospitalizations are in double digits.