Alberta reported 255 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the province’s active infection count to 4,470.
Testing positivity held at 4.6%, below the threshold of 5% that’s considered safe to open schools and other community activities.
There were 28 cases of variants of concern identified on March 8, bringing the provincial total to 674 variant cases.
Currently, 263 Albertans are in hospital with COVID-19, and, of those, 37 people are in intensive care.
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Six additional COVID-19 deaths were recorded Tuesday, bringing the province’s death toll to 1,926.
“My condolences go out to the loved ones of these individuals and anyone mourning a loss today,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said in a tweet.
AstraZeneca vaccination appointments open on Wednesday, for those who were born in 1957 and First Nation, Métis, or Inuit individuals born in 1972, with no severe chronic health conditions.
As of March 8, 303,823 vaccine doses have been given to Albertans.
The province announced on Monday that Alberta will be completing its transition into Step 2 of the “Path Forward” plan, allowing the ease of restrictions for retail, hotels and community halls, performance groups, youth sports, and recreation.
Hinshaw advises Albertans to remain cautious as public health measures begin to loosen and more activities and venues reopen throughout the province.
With the easing of restrictions in Step 2, I ask all ABs to continue taking all the necessary steps to protect one another. COVID-19 & its variants will seize any opportunity to spread through our families & our communities. It is up to each of us to not let that happen. (3/4)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) March 9, 2021
Hinshaw will give her next live update on Wednesday, March 10.