Active COVID-19 cases in the City of Wetaskiwin have started to drop. Earlier this week the City was reporting over 100 active cases and now there are only 95 active cases. The City still sits at three COVID-19 deaths.
The County of Wetaskiwin is reporting 56 active cases and Maskwacis Health Services is reporting 276 active cases.
On Thursday Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro announced that starting Monday Jan. 18, 2021 the province will loosen some COVID-19 restrictions.
Starting Monday outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will permitted, although indoor gatherings are still prohibited. Hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlours and other personal and wellness services will also be able to open by appointment only on Monday.
The province also loosened restrictions on funeral ceremony attendance, allowing for 20 people to attend a ceremony. However, funeral receptions are still not allowed.
The Government of Alberta hasn’t confirmed when they are going to ease other restrictions.
“The situation remains serious. Our numbers remain high and our health system is still under significant strain,” Hinshaw said.
Across the province on Jan. 14, 2021 Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 967 cases of COVID-19 over 16, 000 tests. The province’s current positivity rate is 5.8 per cent with 806 Albertans still in hospital and 136 in the ICU.
The province also announced an additional 21 COVID-19 deaths.