COVID-19: Alberta adds 255 more active cases, 28 new variants reported Tuesday

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Alberta is reporting 255 more infections of COVID-19 as well as 28 additional cases of the highly-contagious variants on Tuesday.

The latest update brings the total number of active cases in the province to 4,470. There are now 687 cases of the variant strain in Alberta, with 296 of those in the Edmonton Zone and 249 in the Calgary Zone. Six additional people have died from the virus, raising the death toll to 1,926.

There are 263 people in hospital, 37 of those in intensive care.

On Monday, the province loosened more public health restrictions as part of a four-step strategy. Step 2, which was partially implemented last week, allows for libraries to reopen, indoor low-intensity fitness, banquet halls, community halls, conference centres and hotels to resume some activities and increasing retail capacity to 25 per cent.

The province has also expanded the easing of youth sports restrictions to include post-secondary programs. This means colleges and universities will be allowed to hold practices but no games. Groups are limited to 10 individuals including coaches and trainers. Masks and physical distancing are mandatory. No additional changes have been announced for youth sports.

The province plans to provide an additional update on loosening restrictions on March 22.

More to come…