CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Twenty-eight new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant have been identified in Alberta over the past 24 hours.
The jump in variant cases comes as the province reports an additional 255 cases of COVID-19.
28 new B.1.1.7 (UK variant) cases found.
Total now 687. pic.twitter.com/UGwLvK4hF3
— Jeff Slack (@Jeffslack660) March 9, 2021
Over the past day, over 5,400 tests were completed, giving us a positivity rate hovering around 4.6 per cent.
Six additional Albertans died from COVID-19, including another death linked to the Churchill Manor retirement home in Edmonton.
Currently, there are 263 people in hospital fighting COVID-19, with 37 people in the ICU.
On the vaccine front, 303,823 doses have now been administered with 91,138 Albertans fully immunized with two doses.
Though no update was held by the province on Tuesday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, took to Twitter with a reminder about vaccine bookings coming Wednesday.
AstraZeneca vaccine appts. are avail. tomorrow to ABs born in 1957 & FNMI individuals born in 1972 w/ no severe chronic health conditions via 811. Pls be patient if you were not born in those years. Rollout will expand 1yr at a time, day to day, as supplies last. (4/4)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) March 9, 2021
The next update from the province is expected to be Wednesday afternoon.