Alberta reported their highest daily case total since January on Wednesday.
The province reported 871 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday bringing Alberta’s active cases up to 8,350. There were also 406 new cases of COVID-19 variants. Active variant cases now account for nearly 32 per cent of Alberta’s overall active cases.
Three additional deaths were also reported over the past 24 hours. Alberta’s COVID-19 death toll is now at 1,990 people since the start of the pandemic.
“We are at another turning point in this pandemic,” tweeted Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
“Our numbers are rising, but by making good choices in the days ahead, we can reverse this trend in the weeks to come. Please continue to follow the health measures that are in place and help protect those around you.”
The City of Wetaskiwin’s active cases have continued to grow as numbers swell across the province. The Government of Alberta’s COVID-19 aggregate data map is reporting that the City currently has 52 active cases.
The County of Wetaskiwin has 12 active cases of COVID-19.
Two Wetaskiwin schools, Sacred Heart School and Wetaskiwin Composite High School, currently have COVID-19 outbreak alerts. COVID-19 outbreak alerts are classified as two to four active cases by the provincial government and identified on their website.
Maskwacis Health Services is reporting 38 active cases for Maskwacis, 31 of which are active variants.
Premier Jason Kenney is scheduled to join Dr. Hinshaw for Alberta’s Thursday COVID-19 update which is to take place this afternoon.
Wednesday Kenney said he would be joining Hinshaw to speak on the concerning upward trend of active cases, especially variant cases, across the province.
“We are very close to the end of this thing and we should be very concerned about the new variant-driven growth in cases,” Kenney said Wednesday. “It will start significantly to show up in our hospitals, there is no doubt about that.”