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'There is no other activity that even comes close': Forty per cent of cases come from someone infected at home

Last Updated Mar 25, 2021 at 5:27 pm MDT

Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides an update on COVID-19 in Alberta on March 25, 2021. MyAlberta

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — While home may be the place we feel we can let our guard down, that’s not always the case.

That coming from Alberta’s top doctor, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, on Thursday as she says 40 per cent of cases of COVID-19 are spread from someone infected at home.

“Almost half of all our new cases are coming from people’s households,” Hinshaw said. “There is no other activity that even comes close to that proportion of our new cases.”

WATCH: Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides an update on COVID-19 in Alberta

Dr. Hinshaw continuing to provide warnings to Albertans about the dangers of letting our guard down 13 months into the pandemic.

As the months have rolled on, Dr. Hinshaw has reinforced the fact that, while we may be tired, now is not the time to take our foot off the pedal.

“We’ve made it too far, and we are too close to getting through this” has been the constant message coming from Dr. Hinshaw over the last few weeks as vaccines rollout across the province.

These messages come as the province releases two days’ worth of variant numbers, with 191 variant cases being reported Thursday.

The province also saw 764 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the last 24 hours.

As pandemic fatigue puts a strain on many Albertans, a main point of focus on Thursday was not setting sights on just one number, whether it be hospitalizations, active cases, or recovered cases.

Hinshaw made a point that every metric tells a different story, and while at this point it might not seem like it, every number reported is an actual person, and we need to keep that in mind when we want to move forward with our lives.

“We can’t look at any one thing and point to that as the issue that would trigger a particular restriction needing to be considered.”

When it comes to schools in the province, 365 currently have an active alert or outbreak.

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When asked if this could lead to a return to online learning after spring break, Hinshaw said some metrics would need to be looked at, but schools aren’t necessarily an issue at this point.

When compared the returning from winter break, Hinshaw says the main difference is where cases were then versus now.

While Alberta has seen a steady rise in cases over the past few days, it doesn’t come close to the near 2,000 cases the province was seeing per day a few months ago.