Alberta has surpassed 25,000 active cases of COVID-19 for the first time in the pandemic.
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 2,042 new cases over the last 24 hours on Saturday afternoon, up from Friday’s total of 1,980 cases, with an 11 per cent positivity rate. There are now 25,155 active cases of COVID-19 across the province.
Of the new cases identified, 406 are variants of concern bringing the total down to 47.6 per cent of all cases. This is a drop of about 15 per cent from the beginning of the week when variants accounted for more than 60 per cent of cases.
Hinshaw also reported two additional deaths as a result of the virus, bringing the total to 2,108 deaths across the province.
The number of patients in the intensive care unit also dropped by two to 148 and 661 people are in hospital. With new mandatory restriction in place in high case areas, and more to come into place Monday with the closure of restaurant patios and outdoor recreation restrictions, Hinshaw called on Albertans to follow all orders in effect this weekend.
“The choices you make this weekend will affect case numbers in the weeks ahead so please continue to follow all public health measures and book your vaccine appointment if you are now eligible,” Hinshaw said in her social media update Saturday afternoon.
More than 53,000 doses of vaccine were administered in the last 24 hours bringing Alberta’s total to 1,846,554 doses. More than 314,500 residents have been fully immunized with two doses.
In Edmonton zone, there are currently 5,900 active cases of COVID-19 with 238 people in hospital and 57 in intensive care.