Alberta announced 1,351 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, which is the most new cases found in 24 hours since December 2020.
This is also the third day in a week that the province has reported over 1,000 new cases, with an estimated 1,100 discovered on April 1 and another 1,100 found on April 2.
Today’s new infections raise the province’s active case count to 11,464.
Included in Wednesday’s numbers were 575 new cases of variants of concern. Alberta now has 4,951 active variant cases, representing over 43% of all active COVID-19 infections.
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Hospitalizations are continuing to increase as well. There are currently 333 people across Alberta in hospital with COVID-19, including 79 in the ICU.
One additional death due to the virus has been reported, raising the province’s death toll to 2,002.
Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 infections, and particularly variant cases, Alberta has moved back into Step 1 of its “Path Forward” COVID-19 restrictions.
Effective on Tuesday at 11:59 pm, the province saw updated mandatory health measures for retail, libraries, fitness, and performance activities.
Additionally, beginning at noon on Friday, April 9, restaurants will be restricted to providing only takeout, delivery, and patio service.
Public health measures remain unchanged for social gatherings, places of worship, personal and wellness services, and children’s sport and performance.
Alberta will stay in Step 1 until further notice, as health officials continue to monitor the spread of the virus and assess whether additional action is needed to help reduce transmission.