Alberta announced 764 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the province’s top doctor announced Thursday.
This raises the province’s active case count to 6,835, and hospitalizations are continuing to increase as well. There are 294 people across Alberta in hospital with COVID-19, including 55 in the ICU.
Another three deaths due to the virus have been reported, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw offered her condolences.
“After a year of this pandemic, all of these numbers I have just shared can seem like dry facts,” Dr. Hinshaw said. “I want to remind all of us that each of these numbers is a person.”
“These are people who have died. These are people who are in hospital or ICU, and people who have tested positive and are navigating the illness as best they can.”
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The province’s positivity rate sat at 5.4% Thursday, and, of the newly discovered cases in Alberta, 191 were variants of concern. This puts the number of active variant cases at 1,400.
It’s important to note that, as Alberta is making a change to its reporting tool for cases of variants of concern, two days are being reported at once on Thursday to adjust. This is reflected in today’s higher number of variant cases.
This change will allow the Alberta government to report results more quickly.
Dr. Hinshaw was sympathetic to Albertans experiencing COVID-fatigue during her Thursday afternoon update. “I know that we are all so tired of this pandemic. It might feel like the actions that we take on any given day don’t really matter to those around us. It’s easy to forget that our actions have a real life impact on people we care about, as well as people we may never meet.”
“Spring is here,” she continued, “And I ask that all of us use that fact for encouragement, to hang on just a few months longer to the actions that we know will protect those around us, and our communities.”
Dr. Hinshaw will provide another live update on Tuesday, March 30.