Alberta: COVID-19 in decline and one more case of monkeypox

Alberta: COVID-19 in decline and one more case of monkeypox

Whether it’s the number of deaths or hospitalizations or data from wastewater analysis records and tests PCRall indicators related to the circulation of COVID-19 have been steadily declining for several weeks in Alberta, said Health Minister Jason Copping and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw.

At a press conference Wednesday, they reported 13 COVID-19-related deaths during the week of June 14-20, bringing the number of Albertans who have died since the pandemic began to 4,604.

The PCR test positivity rate for this period fell to 12.32%. It was 13.2% the previous week.

The number of new cases fell from 1,442 from June 7 to 13 to 1,086 from June 14 to 20, a drop of 356.

It should be noted, however, that the circulation of the virus in the community could be higher than the official figures indicate. Most Albertans do not have access to testing PCR, and provincial data excludes rapid test results. Infectious disease specialist at the University of Alberta, Dr. Lynora Saxinger also fears that the province’s decision not to take stock of the situation will give the illusion that the pandemic is over. You have to find a balance in that.she suggests.

As of June 20, 661 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 17 in intensive care. A decrease of 58 hospitalization cases and 2 intensive care patients compared to the previous week.

However, we must not let our guard down when it comes to preventive measures, warned Dr. Hinshaw. She reiterated her call for Albertans to receive the booster dose of vaccine for which they are eligible.

According to the latest indicators, about 81.5% of Albertans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, while 77.2% have received two.

As of last Wednesday, it is no longer mandatory in Alberta to wear a mask or self-isolate in the event of symptoms or a positive test result for COVID-19. However, these relaxations do not concern healthcare establishments, where workers and visitors must continue to comply with internal rules.

A new case of monkeypox

Dr. Hinshaw also reported a new case of monkeypox in the province. She said the patient is an adult and was infected outside of Alberta where, she noted, the risk of infection is low.

A total of five cases have been identified so far in the province, all detected in the Edmonton and Calgary areas, said Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

Monkeypox is a viral disease that has been reported in 39 countries, including 32 where it is not endemic.

World Health Organization data from last Friday showed 1,772 cases worldwide. Canada was then the fifth most affected country after the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal and Germany.

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