COVID-19: Dr. Deena Hinshaw to give her final regularly scheduled Alberta update Tuesday afternoon

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, is expected to give her final regularly scheduled update on COVID-19 in the province today.

Hinshaw will hold a media availability at the federal building at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Last week, she said she will only be giving updates “as needed” in the future after today. The province has also stopped updating its public COVID-19 data set on weekends.

The shift comes two days before Alberta is set to lift nearly all COVID-19 restrictions amid falling cases and rising vaccinations. New, active, and serious cases of COVID-19 have fallen rapidly over the last month.

Less than 100 new cases have been reported every day since last Monday, and there were less than 200 cases for more than a week before that.

Monday’s COVID-19 update for Alberta included data from Thursday to Sunday: there were 31 cases confirmed Sunday, 33 on Saturday, 64 on Friday and 81 on Thursday.

By Monday, there were 1,261 active cases across Alberta including 195 in Edmonton Zone and 682 in Calgary Zone. Thirty-nine people were in ICU of the 179 hospitalized for COVID-19.

As of Monday, 71.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and up had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 38.6 per cent had two. First doses grew by only 0.4 per cent since last Thursday compared to 4.3 per cent for second doses.

Watch the update live below

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