Dr. Deena Hinshaw to update Albertans on fight against COVID-19

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, will provide an update Thursday on efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Hinshaw will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. MT. You can watch it live here.

On Wednesday, Alberta recorded 1,699 new cases of the contagious disease, the highest single-day total recorded since mid-December.

Another 1,332 variant cases were also reported. People infected with the more transmissible strains now of the virus now account for 59 per cent of the active caseload.

There were 18,873 active cases. The positivity rate was 9.5 per cent. 

Hinshaw posted the numbers on Twitter late Wednesday. She said she had only limited data to report because of a technical issue.

As of Tuesday’s update, 476 patients were hospitalized, including 105 in intensive care. The death toll in Alberta as of Tuesday was 2,048.

“I remain concerned about the high spread in our province,” Hinshaw said on Twitter Wednesday.

“We all must continue to work together on behalf of our loved ones, neighbours, co-workers and communities to bend the curve and drive cases down provincewide.”

In total, 35,785 doses of vaccine were administered Tuesday. More than 1.23 million doses have been administered across the province, Hinshaw said.

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