Medicine Hat tops 150 active COVID-19 cases

Medicine Hat tops 150 active COVID-19 cases

"There is no one source or sector describing the spread that we're seeing".

It comes the same day as 1,495 new cases of the virus were reported in Alberta.

Alberta is cutting back scheduled surgeries in its two major cities and the northern part of the province to make room for a possible influx of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Kenney added that he knows elderly Albertans have faced one of the toughest burdens since the start of the pandemic.

"I remain concerned about the cases and the trends", Hinshaw said.

There have been 20,271 variant cases ID'd in the province, 812 new today.

The reproductive rate across the province has dropped from 1.09 last week to 1.04 this week. In Edmonton, the number is the highest at 1.1, Calgary sits at 0.98 and the rest of Alberta is at 1.05. "Simply put we are now heading in the wrong direction".

Thomas Hesse with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 401 said employees at Cargill had their vaccinations cancelled within 24 hours of their appointment times last week, while drop-in spots for those eligible for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were being offered elsewhere.

There are now 635 people in the hospital with 143 of those in ICU.

"Our most recent review of past reported cases has found 14 previously reported deaths that were not deemed on file review to have COVID-19 as a contributing cause".

There are now active alerts or outbreaks in 712 schools, which represents 29 per cent of schools in the province. Around 26 per cent of the people in the province have received at least one dose of this vaccine and about six per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

On Monday, Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced Alberta will be easing visitor restrictions in long-term and continuing care facilities on May 10.

Active cases in long term care centres have dropped from a peak of 831 on December 27 2020 to 44 on April 24, Kenney said.

"They just don't want to take a vaccine from the very employer and the government that didn't protect them before", he said.

"Now that supply from Ottawa is finally ramping up, we'll continue to get doses to Albertans as quickly and as safely as possible", he said on Twitter earlier Monday.

Hinshaw also updating testing for close contacts of people who have COVID-19.

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