Alberta's daily COVID-19 cases stay level with 643 new infections

Jan 22 2021, 11:41 pm

Alberta discovered another 643 COVID-19 infections Friday, a number that’s in line with daily case counts seen this week.

The province’s number of people in hospital also dropped below 700, with 691 people with COVID-19 currently admitted. That includes 115 people in ICU.

Another 12 deaths due to the virus were also reported over the last 24 hours, bringing Alberta’s death toll to 1,512.

Although the province’s positivity rate is holding steady around 5% and daily cases have remained in the neighbourhood of 600 to 700 for several days, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw isn’t ready to relax restrictions yet.

“We are making progress, but are not where we need to be quite yet. Please continue to follow current health measures this weekend,” she said in a tweet.

This is the first weekend that Albertans will be allowed to gather outside with people outside their household since early December. Hinshaw has previously said she doesn’t want to open up too quickly because she’s worried about a rebound in cases.

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