Alberta reports 950 cases of COVID-19, breaks variant of concern reporting records on Sunday

EDMONTON — Another 950 cases of COVID-19 have been reported Sunday in Alberta after completing 11,200 tests.

The latest COVID-19 numbers were provided in a limited update given on Twitter by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, on Sunday.

Variant cases continue to rise in Alberta as 600 additional estimated variants of concern were reported. That translates to 38 per cent of all active COVID-19 cases in the province being a variant of concern.

Saturday saw 550 cases of variants of concern reported while Friday had 300.

Hinshaw said hospitalizations remain stable but provided no further specifics as to how many were in hospital or in ICU.

There were also no details provided regarding if any deaths from COVID-19 had occurred.

Alberta’s positivity rate is at eight per cent.

Over the past three days of the Easter long weekend, Alberta reported 3,150 additional cases of COVID-19 with 44 per cent being variant of concern cases.

To date, 693,000 doses of COVID-19 immunizations have been administered with 8,000 of those taking place Saturday.

A full update will be presented Monday, including details surrounding a “significant” COVID-19 variant of concern that Hinshaw announced Alberta Health Services was investigating.

As of Thursday, 138,560 people in Alberta had recovered from COVID-19.

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