Alberta Health reported 406 new COVID-19 cases and eight additional deaths from the disease on Saturday.
Of the eight new deaths, three were in the Edmonton zone: a man in his 30s without comorbidities, a woman in her 50s with comorbidities and a woman in her 80s with comorbidities.
In the Calgary zone, a man in his 50s with comorbidities and a man in his 70s with comorbidities died.
Three deaths were reported in the North zone, where a man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 70s, all with comorbidities, died.
Alberta has 8,474 active cases, 216,167 recoveries and 2,214 deaths.
As of Saturday, the Calgary zone has 3,459 active cases, the Edmonton zone has 2,239, the North zone has 1,254, the Central zone has 1,002 and the South zone has 518. There are two cases in unknown zones.
The new cases came from 6,882 tests, meaning a provincial positivity rate of six per cent, according to Alberta government spokesperson Brendan Procé.
Alberta Health said 478 people are in hospital, with 140 of them in intensive care.
Hospitalizations dropping below 500 people is one of the criteria to move into Stage 2 of the province’s “Open for Summer” plan. The first criteria was hit Friday, when Alberta surpassed more than 60 per cent of the eligible population having received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
In a news release Saturday afternoon, the province said if the downward trend in hospitalizations continues, Stage 2 could start on June 10. Alberta Health said it will continue to monitor hospitalization trends over the next two weeks.
“This decline in the number of people in hospital due to COVID-19 shows that Albertans’ efforts to stick to guidelines and to get vaccinated are paying off,” Premier Jason Kenney said in a news release.
“As long as hospitalizations stay below 500, we will move into Stage 2 on June 10 and be one step closer to having an amazing and fully open Alberta summer.”
The province said 2,720,687 vaccine doses were administered as of May 28.
— With files from Caley Ramsay, Global News.
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