The latest COVID-19 numbers:
No new COVID-19 data will be reported by the Alberta government over the weekend. They will be updated on Monday.
Alberta reported 10 more deaths from COVID on Friday. A total of 2,444 Albertans have died of COVID-19.
Alberta reported 1,473 new cases out of more than 13,625 tests on Friday.
The positivity rate was 11.65 per cent.
The province is leading the country in daily new COVID cases and active cases.
There were 16,265 active cases across Alberta.
By comparison, Ontario, a province with more than three times the population, has less than half the number of active cases.
There were 686 people being treated in hospital, 169 of whom were in intensive care beds. Of the 517 non-ICU, 74.1 per cent are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Of the 169 in ICU, 91.2 per cent are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
The R-value, which represents the average number of people infected by each infected person, was 1.12 (with a confidence interval of 1.1 to 1.14) for Aug. 30 to Sept. 5.
247,328 Albertans are considered to have recovered from COVID-19.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro, accused of not doing enough to stop a COVID-19 surge swamping hospitals, said Friday that the provincial government wants to see the effect of recent health restrictions before adding any new ones.
Shandro announced Thursday that Alberta will move patients out of acute-care hospital beds to make room for others sick with COVID-19.
Dr. Verna Yiu, CEO of Alberta Health Services, says intensive care beds are 130 per cent over capacity, and critically ill patients are being directed to overflow wards.
Non-emergency surgeries have been cut by as much as 60 per cent provincewide and the Calgary health zone has cancelled all non-urgent procedures for the rest of the week.
The province says it will provide up to $36 million in new funding to improve wages and create additional workforce capacity to allow more Albertans to receive care outside of hospitals. About $22 million will be used to increase the pay of health-care aides working in contracted agencies.
A group of Alberta physicians is warning that the province’s health-care system is on the verge of collapse due to a staffing crisis, overwhelmed intensive care units and mixed messaging from the province.
They are asking the Alberta government to strengthen public health measures to fend off the province’s fourth wave of COVID-19 as case numbers and hospitalizations surge.