Alberta Reports 696 New COVID-19 Cases, 130 New Variant Cases

Alberta Reports 696 New COVID-19 Cases, 130 New Variant Cases

Alberta reported 696 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and identified 130 more cases of variant coronaviruses.
It is two months since the province last reported 700 new cases, while Friday’s tally of variant cases is the highest on record.

“This is a big increase from yesterday’s number of 505,” NDP health critic David Shepherd said on Friday. “We haven’t seen a daily issue like this for over two months, since January 16.

“This is very disturbing and I know many Albertans will wonder if this is an outlier or a signal of a third wave. ”

Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said on Thursday the trends were concerning. She said the next few weeks will be critical to preventing a third wave of COVID-19 in Alberta.

There are currently 5,429 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Of these cases, 698, or 12.9%, are highly infectious variants of concern.

“This dramatic growth in COVID-19 comes just days before Jason Kenney makes a decision to reopen Stage 3,” Shepherd said. “His language over the past week certainly suggests to me that he is considering continuing. ”

Premier Kenney said Thursday that a final decision on the future had not been made.

Monday will mark three weeks since the province moved to Stage 2 of the plan to reopen the province and is the first date the government can move to Stage 3.

Step 3 relaxes 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

However, the government says that to move to Stage 3, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 must be below 300 and declining.

There were 276 people in hospital on Friday, an increase of 12 from Thursday, including 48 in intensive care beds.

The number of new active cases of variants increased in the province throughout the week. To date, 1,318 cases of variants have been identified in Alberta. Of those, 606 people have recovered and 14 have died.

No new deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Friday – the first time since November 22.

Hinshaw posted on Twitter five days have passed since a death from COVID-19 was reported in continuing care, calling it a sign that vaccines and public health measures are working.

As of Friday, 439,069 doses of the vaccine had been administered, and 92,935 people in Alberta were fully immune with both doses.

Here is a regional breakdown of active cases in Alberta:

  • Calgary area: 2172
  • Zone d’Edmonton: 1299
  • North zone: 745
  • South zone: 675
  • Central areas: 526
  • Unknown: 12

Hinshaw referred to Lethbridge as a community experiencing new trends. As of Friday, the number of active cases had fallen from 196 to 482 since February 26. New cases are linked to family reunions, visits between households and people with mild symptoms who do not stay home or get tested immediately.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Friday morning, appointments are available in Alberta for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for all those eligible for phase 2A. This includes anyone born in 1956 or earlier, First Nations, Métis and Inuit people born in 1971 or earlier, as well as staff and residents of approved support facilities who were not included in Phase 1. .


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