Alberta's top doctor to provide first update on COVID-19 since June 29

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Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is returning to the podium for the first time in nearly a month.

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Hinshaw is scheduled to give an update on COVID-19 at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Her public appearance comes as the province sees a rise in cases.

On June 29, the day of Hinshaw’s last appearance, Alberta reported 61 new cases of COVID-19. Since then the province has lifted nearly all COVID-19 restrictions.

Cases have sharply increased in the province since last Friday, with 134 new cases reported on Tuesday.

Among the cases reported in Alberta over the last week, those aged 20 to 29 represent the highest proportion. The age group also has the most current active cases. Provincewide, there are currently 1,173 active cases of COVID-19, of which about 62 per cent are in the Calgary Zone.

Infectious disease experts have told Postmedia that hospitalizations and serious outcomes, not rising case numbers, are what Albertans should pay attention to. Eighty-two people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Tuesday, including 21 in intensive care.

Unvaccinated Albertans account for the majority of new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the province, Hinshaw tweeted earlier this month.

More than 5.2 million doses of vaccine have been administered in Alberta, with 75.5 per cent of those eligible having received a first dose and 63.9 per cent fully immunized with two.

More to come

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