Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided the COVID-19 update for Wednesday, February 10.
- There were 339 news cases reported after 10,800 tests were performed for a positivity rate of 3.2%.
- There are 421 people in the hospital with 77 of those in ICU.
- An additional six deaths have been reported.
- To date, 130,000 doses of vaccine have been administered with 37,000 Albertans having received the second dose.
- Seventy-one percent of long term care residents have now been fully immunized against the virus.
- There are active alerts in 303 schools. There have been a total of 867 cases in provincial schools since January 11.
- Sixteen new cases of the variant have been reported.
- Cochrane holds at six active cases.
- Rocky View County is also holding with 37 active cases.
- Nakoda Emergency Management is reporting four new cases, eight recovered, and 45 active cases.
Dr. Hinshaw says that the number of variant cases reported is due in part to aggressive testing of the vast majority of new cases. She also reported that two cases are linked to a school.
"We were informed today that there are now two cases of variant COVID-19 where in-school transmission is likely the source. I am aware of seven classes in six schools overall where a variant case has attended while infectious and despite rigorous follow-up, this is the first time in one of these schools that we have identified variant transmission occurring in that location. Health officials are responding and making sure that anyone who is at risk is in quarantine and being offered testing twice. We are being extremely cautious to protect the health of everyone involved and to limit any future transmission."