Health Minister Tyler Shandro said Alberta administered 63,953 doses of the vaccine on Thursday, its highest total in a single day to date. While it took Alberta 119 days to deliver one million doses, Shandro said the province reached two million doses in 29 days. Active cases fell by 713 on Friday, with 23,873 reported across the province. The number of people with COVID-19 in hospital also declined from nine to 713, with 177 of those patients in intensive care.
The province reported five new deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total to 2,137.
Hinshaw said Thursday it would be presumptuous to declare the province to be on the other side of the third wave, but noted that there were encouraging signs. The province’s test positivity rate, an oft-cited indicator of community transmission, has trended downward alongside the number of new daily cases in recent days.
The reported positivity rate fell to just under 10% on Friday, the first time it was in double digits in more than two weeks.
Here’s how the province’s active cases are broken down by health zone:
- Calgary area: 11367
- Zone d’Edmonton: 5278
- North zone: 3496
- Central areas: 2500
- South zone: 1216
- Unknown: 16
As of Friday’s update, nearly 40 percent of Albertans had received their first dose of the vaccine, while just over seven percent had received both doses.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said provinces should only start lifting public health restrictions after at least 75 percent of adults have received at least one. dose of vaccine and 20 percent are fully immunized. After reaching that milestone, she said Canadians can safely enjoy picnics, small backyard barbecues and drinks on a patio.
Here is the percentage of people in each health zone with at least one dose of vaccine:
- Calgary area: 39.7
- Zone d’Edmonton: 42,1
- North Zone: 30.1
- Central areas: 35.9
- South zone: 40.1