Alberta now has the highest count of active COVID-19 cases across Canada.
As of December 21, Alberta had 19,165 active virus cases, according to Canada’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Ontario and Quebec, which have been the provincial hotspots throughout the pandemic, had 19,019 and 18,458 active cases, respectively.
Alberta also now has the second-highest rate of cumulative cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 2,092 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. Quebec is only slightly higher, with 2,111 cases per 100,000 people.
According to provincial data, Edmonton has the highest count of active cases in Alberta with 9,147. Calgary follows with 6,748 active cases.
Despite higher numbers than other provinces, the province’s active case count is decreasing.
On Friday, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, told a press conference that “we are starting to see some early positive signs in our province,” but noted that
“the fight is far from over.”
Over the weekend, Canada’s cumulative COVID-19 case count rose above 500,000. The country only surpassed 400,000 cases in early December.
To date, there have been 515,314 total virus cases in Canada, and 14,332 deaths.