Hinshaw: Keep your COVID-19 guard up, even at home

Hinshaw: Keep your COVID-19 guard up, even at home”

City's active case count dropped slightly to 53 on Friday.

Alberta on Thursday reported 764 new cases of COVID-19, including 191 infections of the variants of concern.

Alberta has the highest number of variant cases in the country.

Variant cases now make up just over 23 per cent of the active cases in the province - with 7,077 total active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.

Alberta's rising hospitalization rates and variant cases have delayed plans for further easing public-health restrictions.

Alberta Health hasn't said if COVID Loves has been the most expensive ad campaign during the pandemic but the initiative also included a website that showed off all the places "Uncle COVID" loved to go, including birthday parties, baby showers and even wine tastings.

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There are active alerts or outbreaks in 363 schools, or 15 per cent of schools in the province. There were also three new deaths related to COVID-19 reported over the last 24 hours, raising the province's death toll to 1,979.

Dr. Hinshaw reminded people in a series of tweets that indoor visits are still not allowed. "We need more vaccines yesterday".

Hinshaw said the growth is from little moments in many different settings when Albertans come in close contact with each other and give the virus an opportunity to transmit.

"I hope we don't have to do that, and really the single most powerful way we could prevent that is vaccines".

"If we're seeing the spread and the transmission of our cases - and particularly variant cases - continuing to rise, it may be possible, it may be necessary, to bring in additional restrictions", she said.

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