Alberta sees highest daily COVID-19 cases in months, with 1,521 new infections

Apr 9 2021, 3:43 pm

Alberta reported 1,521 additional COVID-19 cases on Friday, making it the third day in a row that over 1,300 new infections have been found.

There are now 13,059 active cases in the province.

Of the new cases, 674 were variants of concern, which is slightly less than Thursday’s count. Alberta currently has 5,937 active COVID-19 variant cases, representing over 45% of the province’s total active infections.

There are 333 people in hospital due to the virus, including 83 Albertans in intensive care.

Two new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported over the last 24 hours, raising the province’s death toll to 2,007.

During a live COVID-19 update on Thursday afternoon, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, reminded Albertans that anyone eligible under Phase 2B of the province’s vaccine rollout can now book their immunization through participating pharmacies, Alberta Health Services’ online booking system, or by calling 811.

Phase 2B includes individuals born in 2005 or earlier who have qualifying high-risk health conditions.

As of April 7, 779,817 doses of the vaccine had been administered in the province, with 143,625 Albertans having received the two doses required to be considered fully immunized.

Dr. Hinshaw will be providing her next live update about COVID-19 on Tuesday, April 13.

Elle McLeanElle McLean

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