Alberta "avoided" major COVID-19 spread over the holidays: Hinshaw

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

On Monday, he said Alberta's health system has stepped up, but all provinces have to depend on the federal government to procure and distribute more doses.

Kenney says nearly 47,000 doses have been administered to front-line health and intensive care workers - including doctors and nurses - and to residents in long-term care homes and supportive living facilities. The news was welcomed by the Alberta Paramedics Association during the update, and the association thanked the province for listening to their concerns and acting on them.

She noted Alberta Health Services continues to prioritize contact tracing for other cases involving minors and for those living and working in continuing care or other congregate facilities.

"Today is a hard day where we announced the highest number of deaths reported in a single day, well over 30", Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said Tuesday at a news conference. "We have done well and Albertans should be proud of that".

"What we have seen so far is consistent with what was reported in the vaccine trials".

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that grim mark on Tuesday, bringing Alberta's fatality toll due to COVID-19 to 1,345 deaths recorded since March 2020. There have been 1,397 recoveries, an increase of 18 as the total number of COVID-19 cases attributed to the city rose by just five to 1,634. Currently, there are 200 active cases of the virus in the city.

Thirty-eight more Albertans have died from the disease.

Hinshaw reported 38 deaths linked to COVID-19 on Tuesday.

"If we were to save half of every vaccine shipment for those who need a second dose, we would be dramatically reducing the total number of Albertans who could benefit from the early protection".

In Red Deer, the number of active cases as of Tuesday sits at 225 a decrease of 15.

He said the province will be looking over the data once numbers stabilized from the dip in testing over the Christmas holidays, and will be coming back to look at restrictions in the coming weeks.

The number of daily tests has been below 10,000 for the past two days, something Hinshaw was unable to explain but said that they are investigating it.



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