LETHBRIDGE, AB – Back-to-back days of extremely high numbers when it comes to new COVID-19 cases in Alberta.
Province-wide, 817 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday which is the highest daily tally since May 19.
Those positive cases are out of 9,971 tests which contributes to a roughly 8.2 percent provincial positivity rate.
On Tuesday, there were 678 new cases – the highest daily count since May 20.
Of the 817 new cases, a whopping 99.8 percent are un-vaccinated though it’s worth noting that 8.5 percent are kids under 10 who can’t yet get the vaccine.
Hospitalizations have also crept back up and are nearing the 200 mark (198 as of Aug. 18) with 43 of those people in ICUs.
In Lethbridge, there were 24 new cases confirmed in the past day which pushed the active count to 128 – a number not seen since May 31.
Cardston County is also seeing a spike in new cases, going from just 3 active cases two weeks ago on Aug. 4 to 29 active cases as of Aug. 18.