Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of well being, reported 1,345 new instances of COVID-19 throughout a Tuesday afternoon press convention with Premier Jason Kenney.
This quantity is barely decrease than Monday’s rely of 1,391 new infections. Together with at this time’s instances, there are actually 18,481 lively COVID-19 instances in Alberta.
Of the brand new instances reported, 816 have been variants of concern. There are presently 10,520 lively variant infections within the province, making up 57% of all lively infections.
There are 476 Albertans in hospital because of the virus, a rise of 16 since Monday. This contains 105 people in intensive care.
5 extra deaths associated to COVID-19 have been recognized prior to now 24 hours, bringing the province’s demise toll to 2,048.
Additionally in the course of the press convention, Premier Kenney offered an replace in regards to the province’s vaccine rollout and the way it has “picked up the tempo” in the previous couple of days.
As of April 19, 1,196,428 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Alberta.
Kenney thanked the Albertans aged 40 and over who’ve already “signed up and confirmed up” to the obtain the AstraZeneca vaccine since eligibility expanded to incorporate the youthful age group on Tuesday morning.
Greater than 107,000 doses of AstraZeneca have been administered in Alberta, with roughly 70,000 appointments booked for this vaccine over the subsequent 10 days. This contains 27,000 bookings that have been made on Tuesday alone.
“I’m inspired to see rather more exercise on the walk-in websites and better variety of appointment bookings,” Kenney stated, earlier than telling Albertans that he has scheduled his personal appointment to obtain AstraZeneca on Thursday morning.
The COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues to develop throughout the province, as walk-in clinics in Lethbridge, Camrose, Pink Deer, Grande Prairie, and Fort McMurray opened on Tuesday.
On Thursday, April 22, extra walk-in clinics will open in Brooks and Drugs Hat.
Healthcare staff who qualify beneath Part 2C of the rollout and anybody eligible in Part 2B can proceed to schedule their immunization appointment via Alberta Well being Providers or a collaborating pharmacy.
Employees and residents in correctional amenities and shelters are additionally now eligible to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kenney assured Albertans that, so long as provide permits, the province remains to be on observe to supply a primary dose to all adults by June.
Throughout the press convention, Dr. Hinshaw introduced that she, together with Minister of Well being Tyler Shandro, acquired her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine this morning.
I’m proud at this time to be among the many Albertans now eligible to obtain the AstraZeneca vaccine. By selecting to be immunized, I’m defending myself, my household & my neighborhood. AZ stays a sensible selection if you’re 40+ & not a part of part 2B/C so you will get your vaccine rapidly. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/Fq08FitAlW
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) April 20, 2021
“The advantages of those vaccines far outweigh any of the uncommon dangers which may be related,” Dr. Hinshaw tweeted. “As quickly as you’re supplied vaccine, whichever it might be, please take it to guard your well being and the well being of these round you.”