Hinshaw to hold first presser since Alberta unveiled new COVID-19 restrictions

Alonzo Simpson
May 7, 2021

Alberta's allocation of those doses were originally scheduled to be sent to the province's COVID-19 hot spots, Banff and Fort McMurray in the Wood Buffalo region, along with Alberta's available AstraZeneca supply.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides an update on COVID-19 in Alberta.

There were 876 variants of concern identified and now account for 63% of all active cases.

There are now 654 people in hospital, with 146 people now in the ICU.

With 534 active cases per 100,000 people, the province has the highest active-case rate in Canada.

Denmark drops J&J from vaccine program
The health authority said it would re-evaluate the use of both the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines if the situation changed. The vaccine may return to the vaccination programme at some point as part of a voluntary scheme, says the newspaper.

United Conservative Party premier Kenney has come under fire for mixed public health messaging as the crest of Canada's third wave of the pandemic shifts from Ontario to Alberta.

The sweeping measures have moved all kindergarten to Grade 12 students online, closed restaurant patios, and further restricted capacity inside businesses and places of worship. With the exception of critical services, workplaces with outbreaks will be mandated to temporarily shut down.

Premier Jason Kenney announced Monday that the provincial vaccine rollout will now include all Alberta teachers, school support staff, and childcare workers with appointments opening up to people in those groups Tuesday.

The province has also expanded vaccine eligibility.

"We must act to bend the curve down one last time", Kenney told a news conference, adding based on current trends Alberta's health care system will be overwhelmed within a month.

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