CALGARY (660NEWS) — Variant cases continue to see a steady rise this week in Alberta as COVID-19 numbers were virtually released again Thursday.
Thirty-two new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant were reported in the province over the course of the last 24 hours, with 399 new cases being announced as well.
While the total cases have increased over the past 24 hours, they come with an increase in testing. The province saw a 4.3 per cent positivity rate for Thursday’s report, compared to 4.6 the day prior.
Over the past day, 8 people lost their fight against COVID-19, while 280 people remain in hospital, with 56 now in the ICU.
– 399 new COVID cases in Alberta on 9217 tests (4.3%+)
– 8 new deaths reported, now up to 1874
– 280 in hospital (-27), 56 in ICU (-)
– 4484 active cases (-61)
– 195571 vaccine doses (+8999)#yeg #yyc #ableg #covid19ab pic.twitter.com/JmE6B43gIo
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) February 25, 2021
The new numbers come just one day after vaccine appointments were opened online for those 75 years and older, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw took to Twitter with an update on vaccination numbers.
More than 100K ABs age 75+ have now booked COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Thank you to those who have stepped forward so far. Your decision to be immunized will help to keep you & people you come into contact with, safe from COVID-19. (3/3)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) February 25, 2021
After a tough first day of bookings, a loop-hole being found on Twitter, and an update to the Alberta Health Services booking system, over 100,000 Albertans have managed to secure an appointment for their first vaccine appointment.
Dr. Hinshaw will not be providing another live COVID-19 update until Monday.