Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 12 additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 12 additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta surpasses 100k COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

459 new cases of COVID-19

Alberta hit a milestone in the fight against COVID-19 Wednesday.

The province announced it had administered 101,123 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since it arrived in the province.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that 11,362 Albertans have received both doses of the vaccine.

Hinshaw reported an additional 459 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. There are now 8,203 active cases in the province. She said the province has completed over 12,000 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours and the test positivity rate is 3.6 per cent. There were also 12 new deaths over the past 24 hours from the virus.

There are 604 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 110 in intensive care.

Hinshaw applauded Albertans for their efforts fighting the virus, saying that at one point there were nearly 1,000 people in hospital because of COVID-19.

“Despite the decline of new and active cases across the province, there still is a lot of pressure on our health care system,” Hinshaw said.

“While hospitalizations are declining, the health care system is still feeling the strain today, which impacts anyone who needs care, regardless of if it is because of COVID or any other reason.”

Hinshaw indicated that COVID-19 restrictions need to stay in place “a little while longer” as a measure to keep providing proper health care services to Albertans.

“I know these measures are profoundly impacting many people and I understand the desire of some to move forward now and hope that things turn out okay,” she said, adding the province hopes to update Albertans soon on the easing of current restrictions.

Central zone has 712 active cases of COVID-19, with 49 people in hospital and seven in the ICU.

Red Deer sits at 162 active cases of the virus.

In the municipality setting on the government’s geospatial mapping for COVID-19 cases, where regions are defined by metropolitan areas, cities, urban service areas, rural areas, and towns with approximately 10,000 or more people, Red Deer County has 32 active cases.

Read also:

Red Deer diner joins sit-down dining protest

14 new deaths, 366 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta

Lacombe has 20 active and Lacombe County sits at 28. Sylvan Lake has 21 active and Olds has just nine active cases.

Clearwater County has 54 active, Mountain View County has 19 active and Kneehill County has four active. Drumheller has eight active.

The County of Stettler has four active, Flagstaff County has three active and Starland County has 13 active.

Camrose sits at 43 active cases of the virus, while Camrose County has seven active.

The City of Wetaskiwin has 22 active cases.

According to the local geographic area setting, Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis has 192 active cases. East Ponoka County has 19 active. Rimbey, which includes West Ponoka County, and parts of Lacombe County has three active.

Currently, 288 schools or about 12 per cent, are on alert or have outbreaks, with 554 cases in total.

Outbreaks have been declared in 15 schools, with a total of 126 cases.

In-school transmission has likely occurred in 53 schools. Of these, 41 have had only one new case occur as a result.



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A judge has found an Edmonton woman guilty of manslaughter in the death of her five-year-old daughter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton mother found guilty of manslaughter in death of 5-year-old girl

The woman was charged and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and assault with weapons, including a belt and a spatula

Alberta has 1,910 active cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday. Red Deer is reporting five active cases, with 108 recovered. (File photo)
Alberta identifies 2,042 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Central zone has 2,917 active cases

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Jason Kenney urges federal government to push U.S. for surplus COVID-19 vaccines

‘It makes no sense for our neighbours and regional states to be sitting on doses that we cannot use,’ the premier said

Alberta reported an additional 1,980 cases of COVID-19 Friday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer adds 37th death from COVID-19, active cases drop

Alberta Health identified an additional 1,980 cases of the virus province-wide

Manluk Centre: Wetaskiwin Regional Aquatics and Fitness will be closed to the public until further notice beginning May 10, 2021. Image/ City of Wetaskiwin.
Manluk Centre to close following new provincial restrictions

The Manluk Centre will be closed to the public until further notice beginning May 10, 2021.

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

Jennifer Coffman, owner of Truffle Pigs in Field, B.C., poses beside her business sign on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in this handout photo. Her restaurant and lodge have been hit hard by a closure of a section of the Trans-Canada Highway and by the British Columbia government discouraging Alberta residents from visiting during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Jennifer Coffman, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
‘Why we survive’: B.C. boundary towns struggle without Albertans during pandemic

Jennifer Coffman’s restaurant is located in the tiny community of Field, which relies on tourism

A rodeo south of Bowden drew a huge crowd on May 1 and 2, 2021. (Photo courtesy Mom’s Diner’s Facebook page)
Amazon is pausing its Prime Day marketing event in Canada this year amid ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at its facilities in Ontario. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses

The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says

Big truck semi trailer moves on the highway towards sunset
Alberta’s cross-border truckers to be vaccinated at Montana rest stop

2,000 Alberta truck drivers who transport goods across the border will be able to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Montana

Road sign on Highway 1 west of Hope warns drivers of COVID-19 essential travel road checks on the highways into the B.C. Interior. (Jessica Peters/Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. residents want travel checks at Alberta border, MLA says

Police road checks in place at highways out of Vancouver area

People line up outside an immunization clinic to get their Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Edmonton, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Hospital investigating whether Alberta woman who died after AstraZeneca shot was turned away

Woman was taken off life support 12 days after getting vaccine

Most Read