Alberta identifies 124 new COVID-19 cases, 237 in hospital

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Albertans who had their first immunization with Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA vaccine) four weeks ago or more can book their second dose through the Alberta Health Services online here, by calling Health Link at 811 or through participating physicians and pharmacies.

The province says 70.2 per cent of eligible Albertans - those age 12 and up - have now received a first dose and more than 25 per cent have received a second dose. The number of hospitalizations has fallen 45 per cent since the start of Stage 1, said Kenney, and the number of people in ICU has dropped 53 per cent. "We love this sport and we have missed it so much, to get out here, the green grass, hitting home runs, getting to see all our buds and play softball - this is what we live for in the summer so it's great to have it back".

"On Canada Day, Alberta's public health measures will be lifted and our lives will get back to normal", Kenney announced at a press conference in Edmonton.

He says some rules and best practices will remain in place, including isolation for those infected, protective measures in care systems, and masking in specific settings.

Tam said as of Friday there were 2,000 cases of the Delta variant across the country. Albertans will have a choice on which vaccine they receive for a second dose. He said studies show that time lag increases that vaccine's effectiveness. S. border will remain in place for at least another month until July 21.

The ban means there will be no foreign visitors at the Calgary Stampede when it begins July 9.

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Kenney said the Stampede was not expecting a lot of outside visitors.

"I think their projection is 90 per cent of visitors to Stampede will be Albertans, given the uncertainty around travel", he said. Previously, the province had said second-dose booking would open on June 28 for those who got their first jab in May.

Two patients in their 80s with underlying health issues died recently after contracting the variant during an outbreak at the Foothills hospital in Calgary. One had been fully vaccinated.

Kenney said the variant bears watching, but has been circulating in Alberta for nine weeks and still represents less than 10 per cent of active cases.

"They followed public health orders, got vaccinated when they became eligible, and supported struggling local businesses during more than a year of public health orders", said Shepherd in a statement.

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