Alberta COVID-19 cases hit eight-week low, with 621 new infections

Alberta COVID-19 cases hit eight-week low, with 621 new infections

Alberta COVID-19 cases hit eight-week low, with 621 new infections

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, will provide an update today on efforts to further clamp down on the province's third wave of COVID-19.

Key metrics of seven-day daily new cases averages, active cases per 1 million Albertans, and the amount of patients in hospital with COVID-19 continue to trend downward after peaking earlier in May. Almost eight per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

On May 15, Hinshaw reported 1,195 new cases on 13,000 tests, a positivity rate of 9.6 per cent.

Those who have a negative PCR test on Day 7 or later can be released from quarantine, but those who test positive must isolate as usual.

The number of hospitalizations in the province due to the virus continues to remain steady, decreasing by six people since Tuesday, to 685.

The Alberta Pharmacists' Association said it did not have information on the matter and could not comment.

She also said people who have had one shot can have their isolation time reduced.

"When we get to the July long weekend, hopefully we will not be needing to have this kind of significant restriction on Albertans, and we can all enjoy the kinds of activities that we have been missing over the past year". This is only as long as they have no symptoms at any point.[.] For those who have received only one dose of a vaccine, these individuals will now have a shortened quarantine period if they are a close contact with a confirmed case.

Those with a first dose will only need to quarantine for 10 days after exposure to someone with COVID-19, as long as the single-dose close contact has no symptoms.

If that person is symptomatic they will be required to isolate and get tested.

The top doctor said the province is gaining momentum but it is fragile, and Albertans can't afford to take a weekend off from the rules.

Approximately 205,960 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

All the other restrictions still apply to people who haven't had any vaccine and those returning from global travel, Hinshaw said. "This is good news", Hinshaw said.

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