There was a slight decrease in COVID cases in St. Albert from July 5 to July 11, and another person has died from the virus, the province reported July 13.
Data from the province showed the seven-day case rate per 100,000 people was 43.1, compared to 46 reported the week prior.
There were 30 new COVID cases in St. Albert between July 5 to July 11, compared to the 32 reported by the province last week.
Another St. Albertan has died from the virus. The total number of people who have died from COVID in the city is 88.
The province reported three new COVID cases in Sturgeon County between July 5 and July 11. Last week, the province reported four COVID cases.
The seven-day case rate per 100,000 people in Sturgeon County was 10.7, as reported by the province July 13. Last week, the seven-day case rate per 100,000 people was 14.3.
There were no new deaths reported in Sturgeon County. The number of residents who have died from the virus remained at 18.
There were zero new COVID cases reported in Morinville. Data from the province showed zero new cases for the third week in a row.
The number of people who have died from COVID in Morinville remained at 16.
The number of people being treated in ICU decreased from the week prior. Between July 5 and July 11, the number of people in ICU was 16 compared to the 21 reported by the province last week.
There was a decrease in the total number of deaths attributed to COVID. The total number of Albertans who have died from the virus since the beginning of the pandemic was 4,632, current from July 11. Last week the province reported 4,636 people had died.
Provincial hospitalizations decreased to 552, compared to the 568 reported last week.
Province to change PCR testing program
Starting July 18, Albertans who require a PCR test will need to get a referral from a clinician.
In a July 12 press statement, the province said the AHS online assessment tool will still be available to “those who meet the eligibility criteria, live or work in high-risk settings, or are referred by a medical professional.”
Anyone who is eligible for outpatient treatment and does not have a primary care provider, or is unable to book an appointment online, can call Health Link at 1-844-343-0971, the press statement said.
“These updates to our PCR testing program help facilitate care closer to Albertans’ medical homes, allow us to direct Alberta's testing capacity toward those who are most at risk, and allow some health-care workers who have been deployed to assessment centres for the last two years to return to their regular roles to support other health services,” said Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping in the press statement.