Active COVID-19 count increases slightly as Alberta records 81 new cases Wednesday |

In Alberta, the number of active COVID-19 cases has increased slightly.

There are now 649 active cases of COVID-19 – up from 606 on Tuesday.

Of these active cases, 378 are in the Calgary Zone, 128 in the Edmonton Zone, 63 in the North Zone, 46 in the Central Zone, and 34 in the South Zone.

Alberta recorded 81 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday after completing more than 6,400 tests.

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Hospital admissions for the illness remained stable on Wednesday, with 95 people in the hospital. 27 of them are being treated in the intensive care unit.

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No further deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported to Alberta Health in the past 24 hours.

Alberta’s vaccination rate remained relatively unchanged Tuesday through Wednesday, with 74.9 percent of eligible Albertans receiving a vaccine dose and 63.7 percent being fully vaccinated.

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Alberta Health on Wednesday released its latest vaccine effectiveness data, showing that as of Jan. 1, 96 percent of all confirmed cases of COVID-19 occurred in people who were either not vaccinated or within two weeks of receiving their first dose have been diagnosed.

As of January 1, 86.8 percent of COVID-19 deaths have been in unvaccinated people or people diagnosed within two weeks of receiving their first dose.

As of June 1, 91 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Alberta and 95 percent of hospital and intensive care admissions, according to the province, have been those who haven’t had two doses of vaccine.

According to Alberta Health, one dose of vaccine was shown to be 57 percent effective against the Delta variant, while two doses were shown to be 85 percent effective.

Against the alpha variant, two doses have been shown to be 91 percent effective.

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Earlier Wednesday, Alberta Health Services announced that two fast-flow COVID-19 vaccine clinics would be closing by the end of the month.

The Edmonton Expo Center location closes at 8:00 p.m. on July 29, while the Telus Convention Center in Calgary closes at 8:00 p.m. on July 30.

AHS said the province will focus on smaller, community-based vaccination clinics.

Since opening, the Edmonton site has administered 143,707 vaccinations, while the Calgary site has administered more than 400,000 doses.

Since the pandemic began, Alberta has confirmed 232,956 cases of COVID-19 and 229,989 of those people have recovered.

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