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Alberta reported a further 1,256 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the number of people breastfed in hospitals, including those in need of intensive care, rose slightly on the way into the holiday weekend.

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Sixteen more people have died from the disease, provincial data show.

Hospitalizations rose by seven to 1,101, and 73.9 percent of them were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, Health Director Deena Hinshaw said in a tweet.

There were 250 COVID-19 patients on the ICU, an increase of two. Approximately 90 percent of these patients were unvaccinated or had a single shot.

Eleven K-12 schools in the Edmonton zone had outbreaks, and a further 169 had warnings. A school is considered to have an outbreak with 10 or more cases and in emergency response with two to nine cases where a person was on the scene while it was contagious.

Provincial-wide, 696 schools had warnings and 48 schools had outbreaks, government data shows.

Active cases sat at 17,839, of which 4,204 in the Edmonton area. These numbers have continued to fall since peaking on September 26, 10 days after a series of new health restrictions and the vaccine pass program were announced.

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Safe Thanksgiving

Ahead of the holiday weekend, provincial leaders urged Albertans on Thursday to follow collection rules. Cases and hospitalizations rose last year shortly after the Thanksgiving weekend and began the province’s second wave.

“Act responsibly to show our gratitude together to the frontline nurses, doctors and other health professionals who do so much to save lives … by doing what you can to reduce infection, or if you have not yet become vaccinated, to join the growing number of Albertans that are, ”said Premier Jason Kenney.

“Please listen to the health orders, be sure to keep your Thanksgiving collection small, as we have asked of those who have been vaccinated – if you are not vaccinated, celebrate it with your immediate family,” said Health Minister Jason Copping.

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“We need all Albertans to have a safe Thanksgiving by having gatherings as small as possible,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Currently, unvaccinated people are not allowed to meet indoors with anyone outside their household.

However, for the majority of Albanians vaccinated, two households can socialize indoors with up to 10 vaccinated people, with no restrictions on the number of children under 12 allowed.

Outdoor gatherings are limited to 20 people.

Tests missed case of fourth wave, but the worst has gone

Cases that are significantly underreported during Alberta’s fourth wave may explain the unexpectedly high proportion of COVID-19 hospitalizations, new modeling from a BC research group shows.

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But it looks like the worst of the fourth wave may be over.

A report released Thursday by BC COVID-19 Modeling Group shows that hospital admissions for the disease exceeded projections — unlike BC and Saskatchewan — and Alberta’s changes in test protocols this summer may be to blame, it claims.

It is expected that there are “missing cases” because hospital rates are higher than expected relative to positive test results. Rural test rates were particularly low.

Completion of contact tracking may also be the reason why most people did not know where they were infected, it said.

Recent figures, however, are back in line with their projections, which researchers say are a sign of hope.

lboothby@postmedia.com

@laurby

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