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Alberta records 15 more deaths from COVID-19, along with 717 new cases

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On Saturday, Alberta reported 15 more deaths due to COVID-19, along with 717 new cases of the disease.

Currently, there are 12,713 active cases of the illness in Alberta.

That includes 765 people who were in hospital with the illness on Friday — down 31 from Thursday — of which 122 were in intensive care unit beds.

Provincial labs completed 12,439 tests for the disease on Friday, down from the 13,575 tests completed on Thursday.

Of the 15 deaths reported Friday, 10 were linked to outbreaks at continuing care facilities. One death was linked to an outbreak at Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital, and another to an outbreak at Drumheller Health Centre.

The deaths occurred between Jan. 1 and Jan. 15, and almost all involved people in their 70s, 80s or 90s. One death involved a woman in her 50s from the North Zone.

Since the pandemic began in March, there have been 116,087 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, including 1,417 deaths from the disease.

Here is how the active cases break down among health zones:

  • Calgary zone: 4,863 cases

  • Edmonton zone: 4,510 cases

  • North zone: 1,714 cases

  • Central zone: 1,209 cases

  • South zone: 400 cases

  • Unknown: 17 cases

An additional 7,451 doses of vaccine had been administered by the end of the day on Friday, bringing the total number of doses administered to 81,561.

Alberta's public health restrictions continue to be in effect this weekend, though some restrictions, such as the closures of businesses like barbershops and hair salons, are to be eased on Monday.

On Twitter, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, encouraged Albertans to get outside and enjoy the mild weather while following the public health measures currently in place.

Hinshaw said her next in-person update will be on Monday.