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Alberta confident it may be able to speed up COVID-19 relaunch plan as case numbers remain low

Last Updated Jun 3, 2020 at 5:33 pm MDT

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing daily COVID-19 update on June 3, 2020. (Photo taken from Citynews livestream)

EDMONTON (660NEWS) – The Alberta government feels it might be in a good position to initiate an early start to phase two of Alberta’s relaunch plan and possibly move up some of the activities initially planned for phase three.

“The numbers have continued to move, very much, in the right direction,” Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday.

“We have successfully flattened the curve which was always the main goal of our COVID response.”

Albertans have been doing well in preventing a further spread of the virus, but the pandemic is not over, the premier added.

A final decision on this has not been made yet and an announcement is expected early next week.

On Wednesday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced two additional COVID-19 deaths, both in the Calgary Zone.

Hinshaw also addressed potentially allowing more activities and has received a lot of feedback.

“We are looking at fitness, recreation and sports as possible components of those potentially to be moved up,” Hinshaw said and not seeing a large increase of new cases is a good sign.

“We were still able collectively to maintain a low rate and in fact have a decreased number of new infections,” she added.

Alberta recorded only 19 new cases with active infections dropping to 344.

Currently, there are 48 hospitalizations, six of those in the ICU.

The province has recorded a total of 7,076 cases, of those 6,587 have recovered.