Hinshaw to provide update on COVID-19 in Alberta

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There were 1,539 new cases reported in the past 24 hours for a positivity rate of 11.4%.

"They have shouldered the burden of this pandemic and sacrificed important time with their loved ones and I'm glad that we are able to ease these restrictions, but we will continue to move cautiously, as evidence is still emerging on vaccines and their ability to both protect residents from variants and limit transmitting the virus to others".

Variant cases now represent 63 per cent of all active cases in the province.

Alberta's health minister says he'll be announcing plans later today to vaccinate meat-plant workers across the province against COVID-19.

Alberta Health Services said beginning Tuesday and for the next two weeks, up to 30 per cent of surgeries in Calgary Edmonton and North zones would be postponed, as well as some non-urgent procedures and ambulatory appointments.

She said the process involves including deaths in initial counts where COVID-19 being flagged as a possible cause even if it remains unknown.

As for hospitalization numbers, 635 people are now in hospital, with 143 in the ICU.

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"Dr. Hinshaw explained why the death toll number has been adjusted to the number reported today. ". I want to advise of an update being made today to the total number of deaths due to COVID-19.

"These changes will allow our hospitals to expand inpatient beds if necessary and create more capacity for COVID-19 cases requiring hospitalization", AHS said on Twitter.

Total deaths in the province, following the update, now sit at 2,067. As of Tuesday, kids between the age of 12 and 15 who are at risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19 will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Ontario has the second highest, with 275 cases per 100,000 people. There is no one source or sector that is driving this spread that we're seeing. If they experience symptoms at any point after that first test they can get tested again.

Alberta has now administered more than 1.46 million doses of vaccine in Alberta, including nearly 30,000 in the last 24 hours.

Active cases in Rocky View County were unchanged from Friday with 168.

There are alerts or outbreaks in 712 schools accounting for 29% of provincial schools.

Roughly 25 per cent of Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine to date.

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