CALGARY (660 NEWS) — The province reported 717 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, including 325 new variant cases.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the point on Wednesday that due to changes to the way the province will be reporting variant cases, numbers will be higher than before.
325 new variant cases reported in Alberta.
(Of note- Hinshaw said data system update would lead to larger one-day dump)
1,654 variant active cases (23.4% of total)
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) March 26, 2021
Variant cases now make up just over 23 per cent of the active cases in the province — with 7,077 total active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.
Hospitalizations saw a slight decrease over the last day with 284 people now in hospital. Though, 59 people are now in the ICU, a four person increase from Thursday.
Three new deaths were reported on Friday.
Hinshaw did not hold a live update Friday, but as per usual, took to Twitter with a message ahead of the weekend.
Whether at a playground, going for a walk or elsewhere, keeping a 2m distance from ppl outside your household, wearing a mask & following public health restrictions remain our best protection against infection until vaccine can be admin to all ABs who want it. (4/4)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) March 26, 2021
Alberta’s top doctor is expected to provide her next live update on Tuesday, with updated numbers being provided online until then.