31 new COVID-19 deaths in Alberta as 989 new cases reported Saturday
A campaign worker steams the wrinkles from a large Alberta flag at the venue where United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney with address supporters Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 16, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
EDMONTON -- Thirty-one more Albertans have died due to COVID-19 as the province reported 989 new cases on Saturday.
The province has now recorded 1272 coronavirus-related deaths and 110,641 total cases.
Saturday saw a significant increase of 809 active cases, the largest one-day jump since late November.
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Saturday's active case increase marks the second day in a row and third time in the past six days that active cases have increased. Prior to Jan. 4 they had fallen every day over the past three weeks.
Hospitalizations fell for a fourth straight day, down 35 to 827. The number of patients in intensive care also fell, down five to 132.
The province recorded a 7.07 per cent test positivity percentage based on 13,540 tests.
More than 42,000 Albertans have received a COVID-19 vaccine through yesterday.
The province will provide another data update on Sunday. The province's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, will return for an in-person update on Monday.