Medicine Hat tops 150 active COVID-19 cases

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The more contagious variant strains of COVID-19 made up about two-thirds of active cases.

But Hesse said he's glad to see an acknowledgment that some workplaces are more vulnerable than others to COVID-19 spread.

On Monday, the school board sent out a tweet reminding parents to keep their kids home if they have any symptoms.

Hinshaw also updating testing for close contacts of people who have COVID-19.

There are 19 new cases in the city and six new recoveries in the city today.

Active cases declined to 230 by Tuesday.

Previous mandatory COVID-19 measures remain in place.

Alberta reported 1,539 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, raising the province's active case count to 20,721.

At a pandemic update that same afternoon, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said she is seeing "an unprecedented risk of transmission across the province right now".

"I'm gratified that we're seeing the vaccination roll out", he said.

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Modi said in an address to the nation on Tuesday night that "all efforts are being made" to boost supplies. It said if nothing was done, then "we are heading for a bigger disaster". "Oxygen demand has increased".

There were 812 new cases of variants of concern reported and now account for 63% of all active cases.

There are 1,539 total new cases in the province today. In Edmonton, the number is the highest at 1.1, Calgary sits at 0.98 and the rest of Alberta is at 1.05. Ontario has the second highest, with 275 cases per 100,000 people.

"Simply put, we're still heading in the wrong direction".

There are alerts or outbreaks in 712 schools accounting for 29% of provincial schools.

Updated public health measures will come into effect for continuing care facilities in Alberta on May 10 increasing the number of designated family/support persons for each resident.

In announcing seven new deaths in the province due to COVID-19, Hinshaw said the worst outcome possible.

In early January, hospitalizations peaked at more than 900, then dropped to around 250 in late February before starting to climb again. Around 26 per cent of the people in the province have received at least one dose of this vaccine and about six per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

"We strongly urge Albertans to follow the public health restrictions, and in turn help us ensure the health-care system is there when they need it".

"Now that supply from Ottawa is finally ramping up, we'll continue to get doses to Albertans as quickly and as safely as possible".

"They just don't want to take a vaccine from the very employer and the government that didn't protect them before", he said.

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