CALGARY (660 NEWS) — After a several hours delay in the reporting of Tuesday’s COVID-19 numbers due to technical issues, the province released the new data which showed another concerning rise in variant cases.
An additional two cases of the P.1 variant, first identified in Brazil, were reported in Alberta. The two cases join 195 new cases of the B.1.1.7 variant identified over the last 24 hours.
Since Monday, 465 total cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, including three additional deaths.
We ID’d 197 new cases of the variants of concern, about 18% of our active cases. There are 290 people in hospital for COVID-19, incl 53 in ICU. Sadly, 3 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hrs. My condolences go to everyone who is mourning a loss today. (2/4)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) March 24, 2021
Hospitalizations were the benchmark for moving into Step 3 of the province’s reopening plan, with less than 300 being the goal for moving forward.
On Monday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said the province made the decision not to move forward yet as the province sees and upward trend in hospitalizations.
In just the last seven days, the province has seen over 30 more people in hospital, with Shandro saying the current trend shows over 300 people in hospital in the next week.
On the vaccine front, 497,280 doses of vaccine have now been administered in the province.
The next update from the province is expected to take place Wednesday afternoon.