Alberta reports 908 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations remain steady

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The move to online learning was one measure in a bundle of tougher public-health restrictions introduced to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Across Alberta, there are 17,675 active cases, down 1,138 from Wednesday, and 202,442 recovered cases, up 1,946. Almost eight per cent of the population is fully vaccinated.

Fourty-six per cent of all Albertans have now received at least one dose.

There are 15,502 active cases in Alberta.

COVID-19 case rates in Alberta are at their lowest point in nearly two months.

The warning came shortly before the province reported 732 new cases on Friday after 10,100 tests were completed, for a positivity rate of about 7.3 per cent.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dubbed B.1.617 a "variant of interest" - a less urgent designation - last week. The WHO also said it does not identify viruses or variants with names of countries they are first reported from.

Hospitalizations also trended downwards, with 638 people in hospital, a 27 person decrease from the day prior.

Fully vaccinated Albertans no longer have to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, the province's chief medical officer of health said Thursday. Campers should do all of their advance preparation at home, rather than make contact with others in different communities.

"If we all stay vigilant and do our part just one more time this may be the least long weekend that such sacrifices are necessary", she said.

Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, a total of 2,162 people have died from the virus in the province. "Please follow the rules, avoid in-person interactions with people outside your household, especially indoors, and avoid non-essential travel wherever possible". They would no longer need to quarantine if their test is negative, but if it's positive, they must isolate for 10 days after their symptoms started.

Two additional deaths were confirmed on Friday.

If that person is symptomatic they will be required to isolate and get tested.

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