Kenney to unveil Alberta's reopening plan at 11:30 a.m.

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Alberta is set to release its COVID-19 reopening plan Wednesday morning.

Premier Jason Kenney will provide an update on Alberta’s strategy for “safely easing restrictions” at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release issued by the provincial government Tuesday afternoon. He will be joined by Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer.

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The confirmation came after Kenney tweeted Monday that there would be “exciting news this week about the great Alberta summer that lies ahead.”

Kenney and chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw have previously said the reopening plan will hinge on vaccine uptake and hospitalization rates.

When asked on Tuesday what specific benchmarks she would like to see the province hit before easing restrictions, Hinshaw declined to comment further than saying they would be released with the plan.

“Those specific numbers of course will be forthcoming, but it’s very clear, again, we all know what we need to do to reduce transmission. We’ve been doing it for a long time so the more we can do that in the coming weeks, the more successful we’ll be able to be,” said Hinshaw at her COVID-19 news conference.

Cases across Alberta are down 52 per cent from their peak of more than 25,000 active cases on May 9. As of Tuesday, there were 12,078 active cases. The province reported 387 new infections after 3,998 tests were completed the day before. Alberta currently has a 9.9 per cent positivity rate.

Hospitalizations continue to fall as well, with 565 COVID-19 patients as of Tuesday including 158 in the ICU.

Nine new COVID-19 related deaths were reported Tuesday.

The province’s R value that shows the spread of transmission is at 0.67. An R value above one generally means the virus is spreading at a greater rate than from one person to another.

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