The number of active cases in the province has now risen to 5,618. There are now 279 people in hospital due to COVID-19 in Alberta, and of that group, 47 people are in intensive care. There have been 9,979 COVID-19 tests administered in the past 24 hours in Alberta.
Friday marked the first day since November 22 without any additional deaths recorded from COVID-19. On Saturday, four more deaths were reported in the province.
The other four deaths include two men in their 60s and a man in their 60s in the Edmonton area, and a woman in their 60s in the southern Alberta area.
A total of 1,961 people died from COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday.
Here is a regional breakdown of active cases in Alberta:
- Calgary area: 2296
- Zone d’Edmonton: 1310
- Central areas: 534
- South zone: 724
- North zone: 735
- Unknown: 19
The province has also registered 99 new cases of COVID-19 variants. All of these new cases were the B117 variant first identified in the UK
There were 759 cases of the active variant of COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, or 13.5% of the total number of active cases.
Monday will mark three weeks since Alberta moved to Stage 2 of its plan to reopen, and is the first date the province will be able to move to Stage 3.
Step 3 eases restrictions in areas such as:
- Adult team sports
- Casinos, racing centers and bingo halls
- Further relaxation of sports and recreational activities for young people
- Social gatherings indoors, with restrictions
- Seated indoor events (cinemas and auditoriums)
- Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretation centers
- Places of worship
To move to Step 3, the province said the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 must be below 300 and declining.
Prime Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday that a final decision on whether to continue the situation had not been made.