Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an in-person update for today (Tuesday, May 25). She began by thanking the over 16,000 people that were tested this weekend, the over 86,000 people that rolled up their sleeves to be vaccinated, and all of those who followed the health protocols in place.
Hinshaw reported that there was a small increase in the number of people who did not show up for their vaccination appointments and reminds everyone to please cancel their appointment if they are not able to attend.
The numbers were as follows:
- There were 387 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours with a 9.9% positivity rate.
- There are 565 people in the hospital which is four less than yesterday and three less in ICU with a total of 158.
- Sadly, another 9 new deaths in Albertans between the ages of 42-84 over the past 24 hours.
- To date, 2.55 million doses of the Covid vaccine have been administered in the province.
- Cochrane dropped 11 cases for a total of 67 and Rocky View County dropped 19 cases for a total of 147.
It has now been three weeks since the “Stop the spike” initiative was launched and Hinshaw says that the added measures are making a difference.
“The reproductive rate in Alberta, or the R-value, over the last week was 0.67. This includes 0.62 in Calgary Zone and 0.71 in the Edmonton Zone. We have seen a steady decline in new cases across the province, which is helping bring our active case count down, as well. In fact, active cases have declined 52% from their peak earlier this month. We are now seeing promising declines in hospitalization numbers, and, although it has rebounded a little bit in the last few days, we have started seeing our positivity rate decline as well.”
Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro, and Jobs, Economy and Innovation Minister Doug Schweitzer will appear live tomorrow at 11:30 am to deliver an update on Alberta's strategy for easing restrictions heading into summer.