366 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alberta, 14 additional deaths
99,814 Albertans have received vaccines so far
On Tuesday, there were 366 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Alberta, for a total of 8,652 active cases — the lowest total seen since Nov. 12.
And while that may suggest an end to health restrictions could be imminent, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says that isn't likely to happen soon.
"I know that many Albertans and impacted businesses are eager to reopen and wishing we would move more quickly," Alberta's chief medical officer of health said at a news conference Tuesday.
"But we must be cautious, recognizing that the health system in all parts of the province remains under strain.
"The rise of new variants in Alberta and around the world also makes it vital that we not move too quickly, which could have dire consequences for our health system and our health."
On Monday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced a variant of the COVID-19 virus known for its ease of transmission appears to have already entered the broader population. One case has been found in an individual with no link to international travel.
The B117 variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, is raising concerns there may be more cases in the province.
There were 626 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, including 108 patients in intensive care units.
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An additional 14 deaths were reported Tuesday. As well, one previously reported death has since been determined not to have been a result of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 1,587.
There were 8,312 tests completed by provincial labs Monday.
To date, 99,814 Albertans have received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, and about 10,000 of them have now received both required doses.
Here is how the active cases breakdown among health zones across the province:
- Calgary zone: 3,369 cases
- Edmonton zone: 3,027 cases
- North zone: 1,132 cases
- Central zone: 746 cases
- South zone: 362 cases
- Unknown: 16 cases