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In the past 24 hours, 1,571 more cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the province after approximately 19,800 tests were performed. This represents a positivity rate of 7.9%.
The number of active cases in Alberta is now 19,865, including 763 in hospital, of which 138 are in intensive care.
There are also active alerts or outbreaks in 450 schools in Alberta, which is about 19% of the total. A combined total of 1,966 cases are linked to schools, which includes 126 sites currently on the provincial watch list.
As the holidays approach for many Albertans, Hinshaw urged people to follow COVID-19 precautions.
“This year we can and should celebrate differently. Holiday gatherings with people outside your household are not only against the restrictions in place, but they are also the wrong thing to do now, ”she said.
“The compassionate choice is to follow the rules.”
COVID-19 vaccines have been hailed as a “light at the end of the tunnel,” but Albertans need to be patient.
“There are about 4.4 million Albertans. It will take time to get enough vaccine to everyone who wants it, ”Hinshaw said. “Please be patient as we all wait our turn and support those in the initial groups to be vaccinated.”
Critical health care and long-term care workers are among the first to be immunized in Alberta because they are at the greatest risk of infection, Hinshaw explained. As of Wednesday evening, 394 health workers had received the first dose of the vaccine.