Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided a COVID-19 update for Tuesday, May and she is pleased with dropping active case numbers. 

Over the last 24 hours, we have identified 877 new cases of COVID-19 and completed nearly 8,100 tests.

I am pleased to see our new case numbers declining – this suggests that our public health measures are beginning to have an impact, thanks to the sacrifices Albertans are making every day.

However, the positivity rate was 11.4 per cent, and Hinshaw says that remains concerning considering that at this time last year, the positivity rate in Alberta was at 1.5 per cent.

The hospitalizations remain high as well at 691 while there are 187 people in the intensive care unit.

Regrettably, another four deaths were reported bringing that total to 2,152.

Hinshaw says that all of the numbers are further proof that the health protocols must remain in place until the vaccines can catch up with the variants. 

To date, 2.24 million doses of vaccine have been administered.

That breaks down to 42.8 per cent of the population have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. 

While 7.4 per cent of Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses. 

Cochrane dropped by 11 cases for a total of 149 and Rocky View County also saw a decrease of nine cases for a total of 250.