The province limiting testing during the fifth wave and since then these confirmed cases do not accurately reflect the number of cases in the community.
May 9 sewage data for Medicine Hat shows the city’s weekly average of genomic copies (gc) per milliliter (mL) of sewage is 55.77. It has been steadily falling since 215.87 on April 14.
Of all Medicine Hat residents, 78.6% received one dose of vaccine, 75.1% received two doses, and 36.1% received three doses.
A spokesperson for Alberta Health Services said CAT News As of Wednesday, there are currently 68 hospitalized patients positive for COVID-19 in the southern zone, including three in intensive care. There are 16 patients hospitalized at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital with one COVID-19 positive patient in the ICU.
Chinook Regional Hospital has 34 hospitalized patients, including two in intensive care. Crowsnest Pass Health Center has five hospitalized patients; Pincher Creek Health Center has four; Taber Health Center has three; Cardston Health Center has two; Bassano Health Center, Big Country Hospital, Bow Island Health Center and Brooks Health Center have one each.
Health Minister Jason Copping told the weekly update that province-wide sewage and transmission data were also down.
“And most important of all, I’m happy to report that hospitalizations have gone down over the past week, including intensive care patients with COVID,” Copping said.
He said the numbers fluctuate from day to day and won’t necessarily drop in a straight line from here.
“But it looks like the peak in hospitalizations was on April 26, about two weeks ago,” he added.
There are now 1,225 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19, including 37 in intensive care, and 4,391 deaths. Seventy Albertans died of COVID last week.
The total number of cases in Alberta since the start of the pandemic is 575,185.
There are 4,379 new confirmed cases in the province in the past seven days.
Again, these are only confirmed cases and do not accurately reflect the number of cases in the province.
Alberta administered 8,772,287 doses of vaccine in the last update.
Over the past seven days, COVID was the primary or contributing factor in 63.7% of non-ICU hospitalizations and 79.3% of ICU admissions.
Among current hospitalizations, 19.6% are unvaccinated, 3.6% have received one dose, 27.4% have received two doses and 49.5% have received three doses.
Among the total population of Alberta, 81.3% received at least one dose of vaccine and 77% received two doses, 37.6% received three doses.
More detailed information is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.