Alberta’s daily COVID-19 updates will soon come to an end

Mar 16 2022, 9:57 pm

Health officials in Alberta say they will stop reporting COVID-19 information daily as the province leans into an endemic approach to the virus.

Minister of Health Jason Copping made the announcement at a COVID-19 briefing alongside Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

“We are at a point where trends are more relevant than day-to-day fluctuations,” said Copping.

Beginning next week, case and outbreak reporting will be released every Wednesday, compiling data from the previous seven days.

“Early on, we provided numbers seven days a week, then provided media availabilities five days a week,” Copping added.

“Modifying our public reporting to once a week is the right thing to do,” added Hinshaw. “This may be challenging for some of us; fortunately we are in a better place now.”

Earlier this month, Alberta lifted the vast majority of its public health measures, with COVID-specific continuing care measures and mandatory isolation still in effect.

There are just over 6,400 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta, with 989 people in hospital with COVID-19.

There have been 4,013 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the province.

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