Alberta announced 871 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, which is a big jump from the 576 new infections reported on Tuesday.
Of the 871 cases discovered on Wednesday, 406 were variants of concern, representing nearly 50% of the new infections found in Alberta.
There are now 8,350 active COVID-19 cases in the province, with 301 Albertans currently in hospital due to the virus. This includes 63 people in the ICU.
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Three new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the province’s death toll to 1,990.
Alberta’s testing positivity rate is now at about 6.5%.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, acknowledged the rising numbers in a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, and asked Albertans to do their part to reduce the spread and reverse the upward trend.
We are at another turning point in this pandemic. Our numbers are rising, but by making good choices in the days ahead, we can reverse this trend in the weeks to come. Please continue to follow the health measures that are in place & help protect those around you. (4/4)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) March 31, 2021
Those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to book appointments through participating pharmacies or Alberta Health Services.
This includes anyone who qualified in Phases 1 and 2A. Rollout for Phase 2B is also underway, and individuals born 1957 to 1963 with eligible high-risk health conditions can now schedule a vaccine through participating pharmacies.
Beginning April 5, Albertans born 1957 to 1959 can book their vaccination through Alberta Health Services.
Over 101,000 Albertans are now fully immunized.
Dr. Hinshaw will provide a live COVID-19 update on Thursday, April 1.