Alberta’s deputy chief medical officer of health is slated to give an update on COVID-19 in the province Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. André Corriveau and officials are holding a media availability at 3:30 p.m. Corriveau, who was previously Alberta’s top doctor, is second-in-command to chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Hinshaw is away this week.
Alberta’s daily cases have remained low and declining in recent weeks, sitting at 115 on Monday.
But positive cases of the highly contagious Delta variant, which originated in India, have grown by 96 per cent province-wide from June 7 to 14, though numbers are still far lower than other strains of the disease.
Alberta has had 344 Delta variant cases, up from a week ago when there were just 175.
Nearly all are in the Calgary Zone where there is an outbreak at Foothills Medical Centre. The Edmonton Zone had 29 Delta cases on Monday, up from 11 the week previous.
By Monday, active COVID-19 cases stayed on the decline Alberta, sitting at 3,089 Monday. More than three-quarters of these were variants of concern. There were 272 COVID-19 patients in hospital, including 75 in intensive care.
About 3.4 per cent of the province’s 3,315 COVID-19 tests on Sunday were positive. The reproductive rate (R-value) for the virus was 0.76 across Alberta, and 0.65 in the Edmonton Zone between June 7 and last Sunday.
Watch the update here live