Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province still hopes to bring the hospitalization number down before relaxing restrictions. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province still hopes to bring the hospitalization number down before relaxing restrictions. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

14 new deaths, 366 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta

Province nearing 100K COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

The province reported an additional 366 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday.

In her daily update, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province had a 4.4 per cent test positivity rate with over 8,000 tests over the past 24 hours.

Alberta now has 8,652 active cases of the virus, with 626 people in hospital, including 108 in the ICU. There were an additional 14 deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,587.

In her briefing, Hinshaw said the province still hopes to bring the hospitalization number down before relaxing restrictions.

“I know that many Albertans and impacted, businesses are eager to reopen and wishing we would move more quickly. This is understandable and I wish it was not necessary,” she said.

“We must be cautious, recognizing that the health care system in all parts of the province remains under strain.”

She added the rise of new COVID-19 variants, including ones that have shown up in Alberta, has created cause for concern. As of Jan. 25, 20 cases of the U.K. variant have been identified and five cases of the South African variant.

“It could have dire consequences for our health care system and our health,” she said.

Read also:

COVID cases: Red Deer school reverts back to at-home learning

Bentley Minor Hockey holds ‘Let Them Play’ rally

Central zone sits at 746 active COVID-19 cases, with 32 people in hospital and eight in the ICU.

Red Deer has 161 active cases and Red Deer County has 31 active.

Lacombe has 20 active and Lacombe County 23 active.

Sylvan Lake has 24 active cases, Olds has 12 active and Drumheller sits at 10 active.

Mountain View County has 21 active, Kneehill County has four active and Clearwater County has 68 active.

Camrose has 45 active and Camrose County sits at seven active.

Ponoka County, the County of Wetaskiwin and Wetaskiwin have 227 combined active cases of the virus.

The County of Stettler has five active cases and Flagstaff County has three active.

Hinshaw also reported that in schools, there 266 on active alerts (two to four cases) and 12 on outbreak watch (five or more cases). There are a combined 526 cases among schools.

St. Joseph High School in Red Deer, is one of four schools in the province with 10 or more cases. They transitioned to online learning on Monday.



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Red Deer reports 25th COVID-19 death

415 new cases identified provincially Saturday

Alberta Health reported two new COVID-19 deaths in Red Deer Friday. (Image courtesy CDC)
Two more deaths linked to Olymel outbreak in Red Deer

Province reported 356 additional COVID-19 cases Friday

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks during a news conference in Edmonton on Feb. 24, 2020. It’s budget day in the province, and Kenney’s United Conservative government is promising more help in the fight against COVID, but more red ink on the bottom line. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta’s budget promises more help for COVID-19 with a hard deficit

Annual spending on debt interest is closing in on $3 billion

Alberta reported an additional 399 cases of COVID-19 Thursday, on 9,217 tests, for a test positivity rate of 4.3 per cent. (Image courtesy CDC)
Red Deer down to 562 active COVID-19 cases

8 new COVID-19 deaths, 399 additional COVID-19 cases

Mike Ammeter (Photo by Rebecca Hadfield)
Sylvan Lake man elected chair of Canadian Canola Growers Association

Mike Ammeter is a local farmer located near the Town of Sylvan Lake

Bookings for COVID-19 vaccines for people age 75 or older start Wednesday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Updated: Delays for seniors booking for vaccine appointments

By 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, 4,500 seniors had booked their appointments

A helicopter flies past a mountain near McBride, B.C., on Saturday January 30, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Avalanche warning for backcountry users in North and South Rockies

Avalanche Canada is urging backcountry users to always check their regional avalanche forecasts

Supporters pray outside court in Stony Plain, Alta., on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, as a trial date was set for Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church. He is charged with holding Sunday services in violation of Alberta’s COVID-19 rules and with breaking conditions of his bail release. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Trial date for jailed Alberta pastor charged with breaking COVID-19 health orders

The court says it will reconvene with lawyers on March 5 for a case management plan by teleconference

A pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
Canada approves use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

The country joins more than a dozen others in giving the shot the green light

Emily Keeping of Wetaskiwin, Alta., was last seen at 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 25, 2021 at the FasGas on 49 St and 50 Ave in Wetaskiwin. Supplied/ Wetaskiwin RCMP.
UPDATE: Wetaskiwin RCMP seek assistance in locating missing 11-year-old

Emily Keeping was last seen on Feb. 25, 2021 at the FasGas on 49 St and 50 Ave in Wetaskiwin.

Sylvan Lake's Winter Village lured many visitors to the town this winter. The town has launched a new contest to attract a new business.
(Black Press file photo)
Sylvan Lake offering rent-free storefront space to lure new businesses

Winning business proposal will get a storefront space rent-free for a year

Alberta premier Jason Kenney, right and Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, provide details about Bill 13, the Alberta Senate Election Act., in Edmonton Alta, on Wednesday June 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Minister Doug Schweitzer talks on Enhanced COVID-19 Business Benefit

Provincial government rolling out new benefit this April to better help small businesses.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP will not trigger election as long as pandemic continues: Singh

‘“We will vote to keep the government going’

Most Read