Alberta outbreak of Brazilian COVID-19 variant linked to three workplaces

By rdnewsNOW staff

Sturgeon County reported three new cases and four recoveries, with active cases dropping to 39 Tuesday from 40 Monday.

"Please keep making safe choices and limit in-person interactions whenever possible to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 provincewide".

As of Sunday, 312 patients were being treated in Alberta hospitals for COVID-19, including 76 in ICU beds.

Morinville held steady at 14 active cases.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is reinstituting some public-health restrictions, saying that variant cases of COVID-19 continue to soar and are on track to swamp the health system by mid-May.

The province saw another 887 new cases in the past 24 hours after 9,102 tests were performed for a positivity rate of 9.89%.

Toronto schools to close Wednesday for in-person learning
Students also need to wear a mask that fits well when outside their homes, wash their hands often and stay home if they are sick. A spokesperson for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health said school closures are "an area of active discussion".

Across Alberta, 413 schools or 17 per cent have active alerts or outbreaks.

After a vague tweet from Dr. Deena Hinshaw over the weekend regarding an outbreak of new cases in the province, Alberta's top doctor has provided a little more information on the outbreak.

The second, unrelated P.1 outbreak has been reported at a workplace in Calgary Zone, Hinshaw said.

As for vaccines, Alberta has distributed over 707,000 doses to date with 116,198 Albertans now fully vaccinated with two doses.

Eligible Albertans can also book their COVID-19 immunization at participating pharmacies by visiting the AHS website.

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