Alberta vaccinates more than 44,000, records 811 new cases
Alberta recorded 811 new cases of COVID-19 in the province Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 111,452.
The County of Vermilion River is reporting 10 active cases as of Monday morning. The municipal District of Wainwright is showing 7 active cases, while the County of St.Paul remains the highest in the area with 121 active cases.
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Twitter that as of Saturday, 44,994 doses of vaccine have been administered in Alberta “giving a rate of 1,017.5 doses per 100,000 as we continue to ramp up immunization efforts.”
The total active cases in the province are now at 111,452 and there were 12 more deaths recorded on Sunday.
The number of people in hospital has gone down by 33, leaving the total people in hospital 794 across the province, 128 in intensive care.
There have been 12,302 more completed tests bringing the total to 2,931,190, with 1,691,971 people tested.
There are now 96,052 recovered cases in Alberta an increase of 1,120 since the last update.
Hinshaw reminded Albertans to keep following provincial COVID-19 guidelines.
“Please continue to follow current health measures in place: wear a mask in all indoor public settings and keep social gatherings to members of the same household.”
Edmonton zone saw an increase of 242 more cases, bringing the total number of cases in the zone to 47,349. The zone has the highest numbers in the province for people in hospital, with 423, and for deaths, with 680.
Calgary Zone recorded an increase of 336 more cases bringing that zone’s total to 42,614.
Central Zone cases went up by 88 bringing, its total to 7,724.
The South Zone went up with 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a new total of 5,262, and the North Zone saw an increase of 109, bringing that zone’s total to 8,305.
There are 198 confirmed cases in the province that have not been assigned to a specific location.
Last week a variant of COVID-19 from South Africa was reported in Alberta. Similar to the variant found in the U.K., it doesn’t seem to cause harsher symptoms but seems to spread more easily.
The person with the South Africa variant had recently travelled and is in quarantine, and Hinshaw said there is no evidence of community spread.
Also last week the Alberta government announced that health-care workers in COVID-19 units are now able to book appointments to be vaccinated allowing the 3,300 unit staff and the 15,400 medical and surgical staff to be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The province recorded three COVID-19 deaths of health-care workers this past week.
Provincial police in Quebec said they handed out more than 150 tickets to people who were out protesting the provinces new curfew that went into effect at 8 p.m. Saturday night.
There is a total of 652,473 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with a total of 16,833 deaths.
— With files from Jeannette Benoit-Leipert, Lisa Johnson and The Canadian Press