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Provincial COVID-19 restrictions could loosen this week

EDMONTON – Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions could ease this week, as case counts over the last few weeks have seen a steady decline.

Premier Jason Kenney said during a Facebook Live session last week that public health rules could loosen sometime between this week and next.

Kenney added we have to keep pushing the curve down to end this third spike to be able to reopen, and numbers over the long weekend tell an encouraging story.

There were 452 new cases found in the latest round of testing with the positivity rate at 8.8 per cent.

There are still 569 people in hospital with 161 in the ICU.

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He also said during his Facebook Live that more Albertans need to be vaccinated.

“We are aiming for 80 per cent of the population. So, the way you can help to bring that date forward when we lift all these restrictions is to do your part, to get vaccinated. Encourage your friends and loved ones to do the same,” he said during the live.

So far 2,532,143 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to Albertans, moving the provincial total of Albertans with a first dose to 48.7 per cent and Albertans with a second dose to 7.9 per cent.

He said during a separate health update last week that no one wants restrictions in place and everyone wants to be done with the pandemic, but we need to work together to finish the marathon.

“Albertans have stepped up to the plate in a big way,” he said, adding case counts in the province have been steadily decreasing thanks to people following restrictions and getting vaccinated.