COVID-19 Update: 652 new cases, 38 deaths | General population to get vaccine in May or June: Kenney

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Tuesday

Braid: Vaccine shortage is already hampering inoculation drive

Sheila Veeder, 63, a resident of the Riverview Care Centre in Medicine Hat, AB is the first long-term care resident in Alberta to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Photo by ALBERTA HEALTH SERVICES

Columnist Don Braid writes:

Our leaders overhyped COVID-19 vaccines in December (coming soon, salvation!), and now have to shrink their predictions to match the real world.

The trumpeting was perhaps understandable. Albertans desperately needed good news. The creation of COVID-19 vaccines, with first doses arriving even sooner than expected, qualified as ecstatic news.

But now there are shortages. Premier Jason Kenney complains that Alberta’s shipments from the federal government fall far short of the capacity to vaccinate. Several other provinces echo his plea.

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Tuesday

Alberta sets new daily high of COVID-19 deaths as 38 more fatalities recorded

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided, from Edmonton on Monday, November 23, 2020, an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health. Photo by Shaughn Butts /Postmedia

Alberta set another record high for deaths related to COVID-19 reported in a single day, as 38 more people have lost their lives after battling the virus.

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that grim mark on Tuesday, bringing Alberta’s fatality toll due to COVID-19 to 1,345 deaths recorded since March 2020. The previous daily high of 31 deaths was recorded just three days earlier.

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Tuesday

652 new cases, record 38 deaths

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, provided an update, from Edmonton on Friday, November 27, 2020, on COVID-19. Kudos to the province’s top doctor for knowing her place as an adviser, says columnist Chris Nelson. Photo by Chris Schwarz /Government of Alberta

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 652 new cases on 9,336 tests; 6.8% positivity rate
  • 819 in hospital; 132 in ICUs
  • 38 additional deaths; 1,345 total
  • 13,220 active cases; 98,178 recovered
  • One school on alert with single case
  • Only a single case of the South African variant strain of COVID-19; five cases of the U.K. variant. All of the cases were in people who travelled, no evidence of community spread
  • Hinshaw said they’ve been testing about 150 samples every week to do a full genetic analysis to detect “any emerging trends including the variants but not limited to them”

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