Medicine Hat tops 150 active COVID-19 cases

By Chris Brown	
		19 new cases in city 1,539 in province		Medicine Hat tops 150 active COVID-19 cases

Overall, there were 79 new cases diagnosed over the three-day period while another 25 residents recovered.

Hinshaw also providing an update on total deaths in the province.

He says that active cases in long-term care settings are down from 831 in late December to 44 last week.

The province identified 1,542 new variant cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

Alberta Health Services said beginning Tuesday and for the next two weeks, up to 30 per cent of surgeries in Calgary Edmonton and North zones would be postponed, as well as some non-urgent procedures and ambulatory appointments.

She says in initial counts, the province includes deaths in which COVID-19 has been flagged as a possible cause even if it remains unknown. She says those are reviewed post-mortem to determine if the virus was indeed a contributing cause.

As of Monday, 616 Albertans were hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 145 in intensive care units.

"Throughout the pandemic, it has been important that we ensure these numbers that we report represent those who died from COVID-19, not who died of another cause but happened to have COVID-19", said Hinshaw.

"In order to vaccinate as many workers as possible as quickly as possible, a variety of approaches will be used, including on-site clinics, pharmacies and AHS clinics", Health Minister Tyler Shandro told reporters Monday.

Total deaths in the province, following the update, now sit at 2,067.

Power said when cases get high in the community, they are brought into the classroom.

"There is no one source or sector describing the spread that we're seeing". As of Tuesday, kids between the age of 12 and 15 who are at risk of severe outcomes of COVID-19 will receive the Pfizer vaccine. "Starting today, close contacts will be offered testing as soon as they're identified. Otherwise, they must remain in quarantine until 14 days have passed and as of today are no longer requested to have a second test".

As for vaccinations in Alberta, 20,515 vaccines were administered in the province in the last 24 hours.

There are alerts or outbreaks in 712 schools accounting for 29% of provincial schools.

At least 26 per cent of Albertans have received at least one vaccine dose.

Active cases in Rocky View County were unchanged from Friday with 168.

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