EDMONTON -- Alberta's top doctor reported 25 more COVID-19 deaths and 1,413 cases on Friday.

The province's positivity rate sits at 7.4 per cent after Alberta Health Services conducted just over 19,500 COVID-19 tests on Thursday.

There are currently 19,607 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, and hospitals are caring for 759 of them, including the 141 people in ICU.

A total of 87,581 Albertans have tested positive for the coronavirus since March, and 815 have died.


Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's top doctor, highlighted that Tuesday's case count of 1,286 was the lowest daily announcement since Nov. 26 and that the current active count is the smallest since Dec. 5.

But "our fight is far from over," she cautioned. "We expect that hospitalizations and ICU admissions will continue to rise in the coming weeks, as these are lagging indicators.

"I'm asking all Albertans to remain vigilant and following the restrictions in place. I know many people are still busy preparing for the holidays and shopping for groceries and gifts, but we all need to do so in the safest manner possible."

The chief medical officer of health will give an update Monday afternoon.