Alberta reports 240 new COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths
Alberta reported 240 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, but no new Omicron infections.
The province has 4,105 active cases of the disease, including 11 of the new variant, unchanged from Monday’s report.
"It is likely that we will continue to detect more cases and respond to them as we have to date," Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
"We will not stop transmission. Our goal is to slow initial spread to give us more time to learn about the variant."
The province also reported five more deaths on Tuesday. They ranged in age from 50 to more than 80 years old with two in the Central Zone and three in the Edmonton Zone.
Fourteen people have died over the last week.
There are 373 patients in hospital with COVID-19, 76 of whom are in ICU.
More than 60,000 children aged five to 11 have received one vaccine dose.
Among all Albertans, 77.3 per cent have had at least one dose of vaccine, and 71.9 per cent have had a second dose.
The next COVID-19 data update is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.
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