COVID-19 in Alberta: Dr. Hinshaw, Kenney to speak at 3:30 Thursday as province readies to reopen

EDMONTON — Alberta’s top doctor and Premier Jason Kenney will update the province’s COVID-19 status at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw and the premier will speak with reporters at 3:30 p.m. and you can watch their news conference live at CTVNewsEdmonton.ca.

The address comes the day after the province announced its latest phased reopening plan, tied largely to vaccinations in those over the age of 12, and also to hospitalizations numbers.

Stage 1 is slated to begin June 1 and is based on 50 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older receiving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine as well as there being fewer than 800 coronavirus patients in hospital. 

Stage 2 is set for mid-June and is based on 60 per cent of Albertans aged 12 and older receiving a first dose of vaccine as well as there being fewer than 500 COVID-19 patients in hospital.

As of the end of Tuesday, more than 2.2 million Albertans had received a first dose, representing over 58 per cent of the province’s 12+ population.

Hospitalizations are also nearing the stage 2 threshold with 548 in hospital, including 157 in intensive care units. 

Wednesday saw another 390 COVID-19 cases added as active cases fell below 11,000 for the first time since early April.

Alberta has reported 225,424 cases and 2,198 deaths since March 2020.

  

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