For the first time this fall, active cases of COVID-19 are down in Alberta for two days in a row.
The province had been seeing a steady rise in active cases of the virus since the start of October, skyrocketing past the previous initial-peak high of 3,000 by halfway through the month and cresting 20,000 by early December.
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The Province of Alberta implemented stricter public health measures at the end of November as a result and upgraded those restrictions even more on Tuesday, December 8.
Tuesday, December 8 marked the first day since mid-November for Alberta to see any sort of decrease in the active case count, dropping from 20,392 to 20,199.
New numbers from the province show that December 9’s active case count dropped yet again to 20,166 — a further decrease of 33.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw has previously stated that it will take roughly one to two weeks before an impact, if any, is seen as a result of public health measures, so the new restrictions likely will not be seen in Alberta’s numbers until around Christmas.
At 1,566 cases detected, Tuesday was also one of the lowest daily increases in new cases that Alberta has seen in the past two weeks.