Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided the update for Thursday, February 11:
- There were 16 more deaths reported in the past 24 hours. The victims ranged in age from 53 to 97. Total deaths in Alberta are at 1,744.
- There were 351 news cases in the past 24 hours for a positivity rate of 3.5%.
- There are 397 in the hospital with 71 of those in ICU.
- There are active alerts in 311 schools. There has been a combined total of 897 COVID-19 cases in schools since January. Only 155 were in-school transmission.
- Cochrane added one more active case for a total of seven. While Rocky View County dropped to 35 active cases.
- Nakoda Emergency Management reported no new cases, 20 people have recovered and there are 25 active cases.
- To date, more than 135,000 doses of vaccine have been administered and over 42,000 Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses of vaccine.
Benchmark numbers seem to be trending down, but Dr. Hinshaw warns that we need to remain vigilant in following health protocols. Particularly with Lunar New Year, Valentines Day, and Family Day long weekend approaching.
"Just like other recent holidays, we need to celebrate this long weekend differently. This year, I’m asking Albertans to celebrate by staying close to home and connecting with their friends, family, and community in other ways. By not gathering together in-person with individuals outside our household, we’re not giving COVID-19 a chance to spread. If you plan to meet someone, please do it outdoors, with no more than 10 people, staying 2 metres apart at all times. I know that many people want to gather with friends and extended family in restaurants and inside homes, but that is still against the rules."