Alberta's top doctor provided an update Monday, earlier than usual as she was scheduled to provide recommendations to cabinet.

Dr. Hinshaw says Alberta is at a pivotal point and, "We must take action. Waiting any longer will impact our ability to care for Albertans in the weeks and months ahead. As Chief Medical Officer of Health, my role is to provide advice to government on how to protect the health of Albertans. Today, I will meet with the Priorities Implementation Committee of Cabinet to discuss a series of new measures to reduce the rising spread of COVID-19. Based on their decisions, we will provide a detailed update to Albertans tomorrow."

In the meantime, cases continue to rise Monday's numbers are as follows:

  • The province saw another 1,549 new cases in a 24 hour period with over 19,000 tests performed. 
  • Alberta's positivity rate is at 8%.
  • There are 328 people in hospital with 62 in ICU. 
  • Cochrane has added one more case for a total of 31 active cases.
  • Rocky View County has added another eight cases for a total of 133.
  • Sadly, today saw another five deaths in the province.

Dr. Hinshaw described Alberta's COVID situation like, "A snowball rolling down a hill growing bigger and faster and it will continue unless we implement strong measures to stop."