406 new cases Saturday, revival of plan on track as hospitalizations drop below 500 –

406 new cases Saturday, revival of plan on track as hospitalizations drop below 500 – fr

EDMONTON – Another 406 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta were reported on Saturday as hospitalizations and intensive care admissions continue to decline.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported the numbers in a limited update on Twitter. Approximately 6,882 tests were performed, leading to a 7.57% positivity rate.

The last time less than 500 cases were reported in one day was March 28, 2021.

The total number of active COVID-19 cases in the province is 8,474 – down 286 cases from 8,760 as of Friday.

Friday marked the first time active cases were below 9,000 since April 1 of this year.

The Calgary area leads the province in active cases with 3,459, while the Edmonton area has 2,239. The North and Central areas have 1,254 and 1,002, respectively. count 518. Two active cases have an area of ​​unknown origin.

There are 478 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19, including 140 in ICUs – a decrease of 39 patients and seven ICU patients since Friday.

The Edmonton area leads the ICU admissions for the province with 57 people. The Calgary zone has 50 while the central zone has 14. The North zone and the South zone have 12 and 7 people in intensive care, respectively.

Eight more deaths from COVID-19 were reported on Saturday, bringing the total to 2,214.

Of the eight new deaths reported, three were in the North Zone, including a man in his sixties, a woman in his sixties and a man in his sixties. All cases included comorbidities.

Three were in the Edmonton area, one of which was a male in his thirties with no comorbidities. The other two included comorbidities and were a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 80th.

In the Calgary area, a man in his 50s and a man in his 70s have died. Both deaths included comorbidities.

More than 216,100 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

Over 2.72 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

As of Friday, more than half of the province’s total population had received at least one dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, or about 2.2 million Albertans. Over 363,000 are fully immune.

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Alberta Health Services have administered over 1.5 million vaccines while pharmacies have administered over 1.1 million. The remaining 69,153 vaccines were administered by other providers such as medical clinics.


The level of the first doses administered so far and hospitalizations falling below 500 mean the province could move to Stage 2 of its plan to reopen as early as June 10, provided the dose threshold of hospitalizations does not. not go back above 500 patients.

The province is expected to reopen in three phases based on hospital admissions and COVID-19 vaccination numbers.

The first stage is set for June 1.

Stage 2 criteria include 60 percent of Albertans aged 12 and over receiving at least one dose and hospitalizations remaining below 500. Stage three should be triggered after 70 percent of the eligible population has received at least dose.

The second step is to reduce collection limits and increase indoor capacity again in a number of public environments, including gymnasiums, libraries and cinemas. The home work order will be lifted but will remain a recommendation. Outdoor gatherings – including events like concerts and festivals – will be limited to 150 people, except grandstands will be limited to one-third of the seating capacity.

All restrictions – with the exception of isolation requirements for positive cases and some continuing care and hospital protections – will be lifted in Step 3, when 70% of the eligible province has received at least one dose. .

In a statement, Premier Jason Kenney said the province took another milestone on Saturday.

“This drop in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 shows that Albertans’ efforts to follow guidelines and get vaccinated are paying off,” Kenney said. “As long as hospitalizations stay below 500, we will move to Stage 2 on June 10 and get one step closer to an amazing, fully open Alberta summer.”

“Fewer people in the hospital are showing Albertans heeding our call for immunizations, and it’s yet another welcome sign that we’re on the right track,” Health Minister Tyler Shandro said in a statement.

“Health officials will continue to monitor this trend closely in the coming weeks as we move towards reopening the province. ”


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