The COVID-19 update for Monday, May 3 saw a rise in cases, more hotspots added, and the possibility of more restrictions coming tomorrow (Tuesday, May 4) 

The numbers were as follows.

  • There were 2,012 new cases reported in the past 24 hours with a positivity rate of 13.2 per cent.
  • There were 1,009 variants of concern identified which now account for 64% of all active cases.
  • There are 658 people in the hospital with 154 in ICU.
  • There are active alerts or outbreaks in 808 schools or 33 per cent of provincial schools.
  • Four additional deaths have been reported bringing the total in the province to 2,090. 

Dr. Hinshaw announced that Rocky View County which is now reporting 251 active cases has been added to the hotspot list and is under stricter restrictions.

Cochrane also saw an increase of six cases for a total of 204 but does not meet the "hotspot" criteria, yet.

The town of Okotoks which currently has 251 active cases and was also added to the list. 

During the update, Premier Kenney voiced his disappointment in the blatant disregard of health restrictions during a rodeo in Bowden this past weekend.

He said, "Given the issues that we saw this weekend and the record high cases reported we are developing a package of stronger public health measures that I expect to announce tomorrow."