Alberta expanding vaccine to meat-packing workers

Alberta expanding vaccine to meat-packing workers”

Variants accounted for 1,132 of yesterday's cases and now are responsible for 60.9 percent of the province's 19,702 active cases.

Because of this, Alberta's COVID-19 death toll has been updated, and is now 2,067.

On Dec. 13, during the second wave, the province hit its peak when there were 20,972 active cases. "That doesn't mean we should be unconcerned about the current high daily case numbers - it does mean that Albertans have got to follow the basic rules, because more rules don't mean more compliance", said Kenney.

Hospitalizations continue to rise with 616 people now in hospital, and 145 in the ICU.

Vaccination sites across the province administered 41,528 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on Friday bringing the provincial total to 1,361,365.

"In order to vaccinate as many workers as possible as quickly as possible, a variety of approaches will be used, including on-site clinics, pharmacies and AHS clinics", Health Minister Tyler Shandro told reporters Monday.

Of the new variant cases reported, 1,518 are the B.1.1.7 strain, and 24 are the P.1 variant.

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But Hesse said he's glad to see an acknowledgment that some workplaces are more vulnerable than others to COVID-19 spread. "In those cases, medical officials review the death certificate and files post mortum to determine if the virus was indeed a contributing cause".

Dr. Hinshaw will be providing her next live update about COVID-19 later this week.

"We will shift back to offering just one test for all close contacts when they have no symptoms", she said.

As of end-of-day Tuesday, 1,497,256 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta, or 34,490 doses per 100,000 people.

Roughly 25 per cent of Albertans have received at least one dose of vaccine to date.

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

"Effective immediately, all indoor extracurricular activities including youth sport, recreation, and performance in Fort McMurray for children in the K to 6 age group, must either pause, or move outdoors until in-person learning resumes".

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