COVID-19 in Alberta: 73 new cases as province moves within a week of reopening

EDMONTON — Alberta reported fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases for a fourth straight day Thursday as the province moves to within a week of its Stage 3 reopening. 

Alberta recorded 73 new infections Thursday as active cases fell to 1,580. 

Stage 3 reopening, which removes almost all public health restrictions, is scheduled to begin one week from now on Canada Day.

Alberta’s COVID-19 death toll also rose by one on Thursday, up to 2,293, with the death of Calgary Zone man in his 70s. 

The province recorded a 1.38 per cent positivity rate, based on about 5,700 tests. 

Around 4,300 first doses of vaccine were administered Wednesday, bringing the per cent of eligible Albertans with a first dose up to 71.1 per cent.

About a third of the eligible population has had a second dose after nearly 48,000 were administered yesterday. 

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