COVID-19: Alberta sees 251 new cases and two deaths on Family Day

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The Alberta government reported 251 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 129,075 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Breaking that down by zone, there were 91 new cases in the Calgary Zone, bringing its total to 49,599. The Edmonton Zone, with the highest number of cases, at 52,709, saw only 40 new cases.

The Central Zone had 47 new cases, bringing its total to 9,566, and the South Zone case count increased by 19, bringing its total number of cases to 6,200.

The North Zone saw 51 new cases, bringing that zone’s total to 10,888. There were also 113 confirmed cases reported not attributed to specific zones.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw posted on Twitter Monday, reminding Albertans to be careful on Family Day.

“Family means different things to different people. This year, Family Day is a time for gathering only w/people within your household or w/your 2 designated people if you live alone, connecting w/10 or less outside at a 2m distance, or virtually,” Hinshaw said.

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Alberta reported two deaths on Monday, bringing the total deaths across the province to 1,782. The total number of active cases in the province was at 5,222, up only by seven since Sunday. There were 356 people with COVID-19 in Alberta hospitals, up five from Sunday. Of those, 58 were in intensive care, down two from Sunday.

To date, 3,308,358 tests have been completed in the province, 5,389 of them on Sunday. The total number of recovered cases on Monday was 122,071, an increase of 242 since Sunday.

Alberta has given 146,603 doses of the vaccine, or 3,315.4 doses per 100,000 population, and 51,611 people have been fully immunized with two doses.

Out of those, there have been 71 reports to Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services of adverse events following immunization.

In Canada, there has been a total of 826,036 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

A vaccine ramp-up is expected this week as, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada, more than 335,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will come to Canada.

Canada is not expecting any Moderna vaccines this week as the company only delivers shots every three weeks.

New rules went into effect Monday for people crossing at land points between Canada and the U.S.

Except for essential travellers, people driving into the country must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the U.S. within 72 hours.

— With files from the Canadian Press and Postmedia

nmartin@postmedia.com

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