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Alberta reports 908 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations remain steady

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By Canadian Press	
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The total number of COVID-19 cases that Alberta has reported throughout the course of the pandemic is now sitting at 221,467, with 200,496 individuals having recovered from the virus.

With the exception of those in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - where the rate of active cases remain high - all Alberta students will return to their classrooms following the long weekend.

There are 152 active cases of COVID-19 in Medicine Hat on Thursday.

There are 10 new cases in the city today and 13 new recoveries.

New COVID cases and test positivity rates continue to fall in Alberta as the province's vaccination campaign sets new records.

The Alberta Health Services Calgary zone is home to the bulk of those cases, however, with its 6,964 active infections making up 45 per cent of the provincial total. There are now 15,502 active cases in the province, the fewest since April 14 and significantly below the third-wave peak of more than 25,000 active infections.

Hospitalizations dropped by 20 to 685 and ICU admissions dropped by eight to 177. Pharmacies and clinics across the province have now given 2.46 million doses.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw asked Albertans to continue to follow the public health rules over the May long weekend so the COVID-19 numbers will continue their downward trend.

Li says not enough time has passed to account for everyone to get vaccinated, and kids under 12 are still at risk.

The map includes information on the percentage of people who have received at least one dose, the percentage of those who have been fully immunized and the total number of doses that have been administered in communities across Alberta.

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