The Alberta government reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on Wednesday.
New cases bring the total to 1,423, with 518 recoveries. A total of 29 Albertans died after contracting the virus.
There are currently 44 COVID-19 patients in the hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care.
The number of confirmed cases has dropped significantly in the past few days since Alberta health services slowed testing. There have been 1,645 tests since Tuesday’s COVID-19 update, the following days within 4,000 last week
“This does not mean that viral spread is suddenly declining in Alberta,” said Premier Jason Kenney on Wednesday. “We get daily variations from the confirmed cases and they usually reflect the number of tests we have done.
“Since we have been testing more and more tests, we have passed an order book, and what we have found is that the limitations we had placed on who would have priority to access the tests meant that we had less of people getting tested than we did. ability to test. “
As a result, Alberta has once again expanded its screening group to include residents of the Calgary area, where there are 860 cases and 20 deaths, essential workers and those living with people over 65 years who have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, and runny nose.
Hinshaw said the adjustment was made “to make sure we have as much information as possible, to understand how our epidemic is going.”
Kenney maintained that Alberta’s goal is to reach 20,000 tests a day.
Prime Minister Kenney deepened the modeling he presented on Tuesday evening to show the best and worst scenarios of the pandemic on Wednesday.
“If Albertans strictly follow all public health guidelines, we can collectively further reduce the impact of what modeling currently predicts,” said Hinshaw.
“I know people are eager to get back to their normal lives. My family is too. However, as I said before, this is our new standard at the moment. “