Monday, May 16, 2022
Home Covid-19 Alberta records 349 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional coronavirus death

Alberta records 349 new COVID-19 cases, 1 additional coronavirus death

There were 349 new COVID-19 cases identified in Alberta over the past 24 hours, the provincial government reported on its website Friday afternoon.

The province’s positivity rate was reported as being 3.56 per cent.

Despite the new cases, the total number of active coronavirus cases in the province dropped to 4,440 on Friday, down from 4,539 the day before.

The Calgary zone continues to have more active COVID-19 cases (1,749) than any other region in the province, followed by the Edmonton zone (1,166), the North zone (653), the Central zone (537) and the South zone (329). There are six active COVID-19 cases that have not been linked to any particular zone.

The total number of Albertans to have died from COVID-19 has risen to 3,258, up one from Thursday.

Story continues below advertisement

As of Friday afternoon, there were 395 people in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19, with 78 of those patients being treated in intensive-care units. While the number of hospitalizations was down from Thursday (419), Friday’s total number of ICU patients with COVID-19 in Alberta was actually two more than a day earlier.

READ MORE: Travelling amid Omicron: What COVID-19 tests are needed to get to Canada, U.S.

Alberta Health did not provide an update on the presence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the province on Friday. On Thursday, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that a fourth case of the variant of concern had been identified in Alberta.

The World Health Organization has warned that the Omicron variant’s high number of mutations could suggest that it may be more transmissible than previous strains.

READ MORE: Canadians 18+ should be offered COVID-19 booster 6 months after 2nd shot: NACI

On Friday, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization announced it strongly recommends everyone 50 years of ago or older get a booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation came about following a request from the federal government for information on the role of COVID-19 vaccine boosters in fighting the new Omicron variant.

READ MORE: Don’t wait for potential Omicron booster – Delta still dominant, top doctors say

Story continues below advertisement

On Friday afternoon, Hinshaw tweeted out a reminder that Albertans 60 years of age or older are eligible to book a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, as long as at least six months have passed since their second dose.

“Appointments start Dec 6 and can be booked online at or by calling 811,” she tweeted.

–With files from Laura Osman, The Canadian Press

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Most Popular

McDonalds to exit Russia after more than 30 years amid Ukraine war

McDonald’s Corp said on Monday it would sell all its restaurants in Russia after more than 30 years, making it one of the biggest...

UK’s Johnson threatens to act unilaterally on Northern Ireland border if EU won’t

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday renewed British threats to break a Brexit agreement with the European Union, blaming it for a political crisis...

Amber Heard returns to stand as Johnny Depp defamation trial continues

NOTE: This article contains details and descriptions that are graphic and disturbing. Please read at your own discretion. Court proceedings in the defamation trial that...

Massive fire ravages Saint John home, several vehicles go up in flames

By Mitchell Bailey Global News Posted May 16, 2022 8:56 am Smaller font Descrease article font size -A Larger font Increase article font size A+