First COVID-19 death of person under 20 reported in Alberta

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For the first time, an Albertan under 20 with COVID-19 has died.

Alberta Health says she was under 20 and lived in the central area. The province’s data site suggests she was 18. His death was among 20 reported Wednesday in the province.

“It’s a sad reminder that, regardless of their age, unvaccinated Albertans are at a higher risk of serious complications,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Twitter of the 20 new deaths. “I offer my condolences to all who are grieving today.”

Across the province, 1,040 people are hospitalized for the disease, including 230 in intensive care beds. Both numbers are the highest the province has ever seen. About 78.6% of people hospitalized are not vaccinated or are partially vaccinated.

Alberta reported 1,336 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

New cases were detected on 14,521 tests with a positivity rate of approximately 9.06%.

News of the young woman’s death has been called a “tragic moment for our society” by Dr Joe Vipond, a Calgary emergency doctor speaking in a COVID-19 update, which was broadcast on YouTube Wednesday by the Protect our Province group.

“This person who otherwise would have had a good life died because they lived in Alberta. And I am very sorry for the parents, friends and family of this person.”

Active cases have declined since Tuesday’s update. There are now 20,304 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. Here is a regional breakdown:

  • Edmonton area: 5,606.
  • Calgary area: 5,389.
  • North Zone: 3,663.
  • Central zone: 3,515.
  • South Zone: 2.114.
  • Unknown: 17.

More than 19,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered on Tuesday, including 10,936 first doses, 5,746 second doses and 2,488 third doses.

According to the latest update from the province, about 81.8% of Alberta’s eligible population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 73% have had both. About 62.1 percent of the province’s total population received two doses of the vaccine.

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