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Number of Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19 drops below 1,000

COVID-19 in Alberta has dipped below 1,000.Data provided Wednesday from between May 24 and May 30 shows the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has dropped to 931. Of those people, 29 are being treated in intensive care.The last time there were fewer than 1,000 people in hospital with COVID-19 was on April 12, when 990 Albertans were hospitalized.Alberta Health reported 51 COVID-19 related deaths between May 24 and May 30.

More than 70% of teens report worse mental health compared to before COVID: survey During that seven-day stretch, Alberta reported between 91 and 455 new daily cases of COVID-19 from between 794 and 2,949 tests. Due to limited access to PCR testing in Alberta, the number of new daily cases is likely higher than what’s being reported.During an unrelated news conference Wednesday, Premier Jason Kenney was asked when Albertans who are not yet eligible for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine may become eligible.Kenney said that decision should be made based on scientific and medical evidence.“We await advice on that from the national and Alberta advisory committees on immunization.

So far they’ve not provided that advice and we certainly would not, as elected officials, improvise an expansion of vaccine eligibility in the absence of scientific advice to do so,” he said.“Should NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunization) and the Alberta advisory committee on immunization and the chief medical officer of health Dr. (Deena) Hinshaw come to the minister with that advice, we will certainly open up further access to the fourth dose.” COVID-19: Alberta ‘past the peak’ of BA.2, but identifies first case of new subvariant BA.4 NACI’s latest recommendation is that adults 80 and older living in the

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