Alberta’s tally of cases with COVID-19 variants reaches 51

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“He made this decision even though our vaccine supply has been interrupted and today we also know that the variants cases continue to grow in Alberta,” Shepherd said.

Fewer than 100 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were put into Albertans’ arms on Sunday, according to Alberta Health’s most recent update on the vaccine rollout.

By the end of day on Sunday, the province had completed 106,347 inoculations, just 93 more than the previous day. A total of 16,209 people have received both their first and second doses.

Calgary Emergency Management Chief Sue Henry told city council Monday that there are a little more than 3,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Calgary. That’s a decrease of more than 4,000 over about six weeks.

“This decrease is thanks in large part to the provincial restrictions that were introduced in late November and early December,” she said.

The number of active cases per 100,000 people in Calgary has also noticeably improved — Henry said city-wide, it has dropped to less than half of what it was in mid-December, when the rate was 469.5 per 100,000 population.

Calgary currently leads the province in terms of active COVID-19 cases after surpassing Edmonton earlier this year.

Deputy Chief Sue Henry, new chief of Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), poses for a photo on Thursday, December 17, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Deputy Chief Sue Henry, new chief of Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), poses for a photo on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Ten deaths were reported Monday, bringing the death toll to 1,649.

More than 1,000 people in Alberta died from COVID-19 in December and January. That’s more deaths in two months than the past eight months combined.

The province reported 355 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The cases were identified from 7,249 tests for a positivity rate of 4.9 per cent.

The R-value, also known as the reproduction number, averaged 0.83 provincewide between Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, meaning the rate of transmission was decreasing during that time.

— With files from Madeline Smith
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