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There are 681 Albertans in hospital due to COVID-19, including 136 in intensive-care units. This is the same number of total hospitalizations as Saturday, but ICU admissions increased by six per cent.
According to Alberta Health Services, a total of 30 more ICU beds have been opened in the Calgary zone since Nov. 27 to assist with the surge of patients.
The total number of ICU beds in the Calgary zone sits at 96, which was at 75 per cent capacity as of Friday, including non-COVID-19 patients. Without the additional 30 beds, Calgary ICUs would have been at 109 per cent capacity.
On Sunday, there were 36 COVID-19 patients in ICUs among 185 in hospital in the Calgary zone.
The situation is similar in the Edmonton zone, where ICU capacity would have been at 146 per cent on Friday without the additional 60 beds that have been opened in that city since early November.
For much of the past week, acute-care capacity in the Calgary and Edmonton zones was averaging between 90 per cent to slightly above 100 per cent, AHS said.
For the second day in a row, Alberta Health reported a 7.9 per cent positivity rate in new cases. The 1,717 new cases come from 21,725 completed tests.
Hinshaw sent out a reminder on Twitter that many restrictions that were announced last week came into effect Sunday.
“Business restrictions have now come into effect across Alberta. Some businesses are required to close while others must reduce their capacity or limit their access to the public,” said Hinshaw.