Premier Jason Kenney will join Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw for a Tuesday afternoon update on COVID-19 in the province.
The 3:30 p.m. press conference will be the first either has appeared at this week.
On Monday, hospitalizations continued to climb in the province as restrictions on patios and salons took effect and vaccinations opened to Albertans born between 1992 and 2009.
Alberta’s reported 1,597 new cases of COVID-19 and seven deaths as well as 690 hospitalizations including 158 in the ICU. The province’s positivity rate increased to 11.5 from 10.5 the day before.
Alberta continues to have the highest active case rate in Canada, with 575 per 100,000 people – more than double second-place Manitoba’s 273 per 100,000 people and Ontario’s 217 per 100,000 people.
Meanwhile, Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan confirmed Tuesday the province is no longer giving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine out as first shots due to supply constraints. Alberta’s remaining 8,400 doses will be reserved for second shots.
More to come