Alberta’s COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 8% on Friday as 1,100 new cases are identified

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Alberta's COVID-19 positivity rate rises to 8% on Friday as 1,100 new cases are identified


Alberta Health released a basic summary of the COVID-19 situation on Good Friday, saying lab tests had identified 1,100 new cases in the past 24 hours.
About 13,300 tests have been done, bringing the province’s positivity rate to around 8%, Dr Deena Hinshaw said in a Twitter post.

Of the 1,100 new cases identified, 300 were variants of concern. Alberta Health said 33 percent of total active cases are now variants. That figure was 13% last week, Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday.

“We’ve gone from 13% to 33% of cases consisting of this more virulent and deadly variant of the disease,” Kenney said on April 1.

“It’s only a matter of time before it becomes the dominant COVID strain in Alberta.”

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said the hospitalization rate from COVID-19 “remains stable” but did not provide an exact figure on Friday.

As of Thursday, 292 people were hospitalized, including 59 in intensive care.









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In the past two weeks, the number of cases involving worrisome variants has jumped in Alberta.

As of March 17, 50 (out of a total of 479 new cases of COVID-19) were identified. As of March 24, 202 out of 692 new daily cases were variants. And, as of April 1, 322 of 875 new daily cases were variants.








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The province said 15,000 doses of the vaccine had been administered on April 1.

To date, over 675,000 doses have been administered in Alberta.


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Alberta is currently in Phase 2B of its vaccine deployment.

Albertans born 2005 to 1957 (aged 16 to 64) with eligible high-risk underlying health conditions are eligible for this phase. For a list of eligible health conditions, click here.

However, not everyone can book right away. Reservations open by year of birth. More years and locations are added as the supply increases.


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Participating pharmacies in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer now reserve eligible Albertans born between 1957 and 1963.

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As of April 5, AHS Online and 811 will book eligible Albertans born between 1957 and 1959.

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Stricter public health measures remain in effect in Alberta, including a ban on indoor social gatherings with anyone outside your home.

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