The update for Wednesday, February 3 saw the following numbers:
- Cochrane added one more active case for a total of 11.
- Rocky View County dropped seven cases for a total of 35 but added an additional death for a total of five.
- Stoney Nakoda is reporting two new cases, three more recoveries, and a total of 53 active cases.
- The province saw an additional 259 new cases after 6,800 tests were performed for a positivity rate of 3.5%.
- There are 539 people in the hospital with 94 of those in ICU.
- Another eleven deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours for a total of 1,671.
- To date, 109,341 doses of vaccine have been administered with over 19,000 Albertans being fully immunized.
- There currently active alerts in 307 schools in the province which is about 13%. There are a total of 746 cases in provincial schools.
Dr. Hinshaw addressed the conflicting concerns of lifting restrictions too soon or not soon enough. Primarily, it is different from the spring because although we have bent the curve we still aren't in the same place as we were then.
"We now have 6,599 active cases.
This is less than one-third of our peak of 21,231 active cases on December 13th, and all Albertans should be proud of that fact.
But, once again, it’s also important to remember that when we relaunched in the spring, there were less than 1,000 active cases in the community, meaning that there are almost 7 times the active cases today that there were at that time.
To be clear: our province has made remarkable progress over these last two months.
We have bent the curve and every Albertan can be proud of that.
It is important that Albertans understand we are at a very different place than we were in May.
Our caseload is higher, our hospitalizations are higher and the emergence of new variants poses a threat that could cause cases to spike again if we are not careful.
That is why we are not relaxing measures for a large number of sectors all at once, like we did in the spring."