Alberta recorded 465 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, including 197 variants of concern. This means that the variants represent about 18% of active cases in Alberta.
Alberta’s COVID-19 positivity rate was approximately 6.6%.
There were 290 people in the hospital for COVID-19, including 53 in intensive care.
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Three additional COVID-19-related deaths, all associated with co-morbidities, have been reported to Alberta Health in the past 24 hours.
They include two deaths linked to the outbreak at Churchill Manor: a man in his 90s and a woman in his 80s.
A man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at the Central Zone Red Deer Regional Hospital has also died.
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“The number of cases can vary from day to day,” tweeted Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw.
“We need to see a downward trend in indicators, some of which, like hospitalizations, are lagging behind.
“This means that the actions we take today will be reflected in the numbers we see in a week or two,” she said.
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“No matter how badly we want this pandemic to end, it’s not quite yet. But we all have what it takes to overcome this. I know this is difficult, but please continue to be careful and follow all applicable public health measures.
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Hinshaw said Tuesday there was a delay in collecting upcoming shipments of Moderna vaccine from Belgium, which will delay their arrival in Alberta “by a day or two.”
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“While the delays are disappointing, it shouldn’t affect existing bookings,” Hinshaw tweeted.
“Some pharmacies have canceled or modified appointments due to the delay last week regarding the Moderna vaccine. But these two are not related.
“I know it’s frustrating to have delays, and we’re also frustrated. This is inevitable when the supply is limited.
“The good news is that everyone will be getting a vaccine soon and we’ll have enough to immunize every adult by the end of June,” Hinshaw said.
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On Monday, the province announced it would not ease any public health restrictions given the rise in the number of cases, worrisome variants and the number of hospitalizations.
Alberta announced on Tuesday it was expanding its rapid testing program, urging employers and public, private and non-profit service providers across Alberta to apply for free COVID-19 testing.
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