Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Thursday that the province has seen its first case of the B.1.617 variant. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Thursday that the province has seen its first case of the B.1.617 variant. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Red Deer nears record number of active COVID-19 cases

Alberta reports 1,857 new cases of COVID-19, 1,326 new variants

Alberta reported its all-time third-highest daily COVID-19 caseload Thursday.

The province announced an additional 1,857 COVID-19 cases on 17,524 tests, for a positivity rate of 10.7 per cent.

Thursday’s daily case total was also the highest Alberta has had in 2021 so far and the most since Dec. 13.

Red Deer is closing on an active COVID-19 record. The city reported 544 active cases of the virus Thursday, nearing the record of 565 active on Feb. 22.

Across Alberta, there are 518 people in hospital, including 116 in intensive care.

“It’s important to remember hospitalizations are a lagging indicator. These individuals in hospital were likely infected around 2-3 weeks ago. Given how high our leading indicators have been… we can expect to see this number grow in the coming days,” said Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

“We must bend the curve down to prevent these severe outcomes and the subsequent impact on our health-care system.”

Related:

Updated: Red Deer sets new COVID-19 case record as infections soar over past week

Hinshaw also reported an additional six deaths due to COVID-19 in the province and 1,326 new variants of concern cases. Variant cases now represent 60 per cent of Alberta’s 19,182 active cases.

Alberta also confirmed the first case of the B.1.617 variant, which was first identified in Denmark, from a returning interprovincial traveller.

That strain of the COVID-19 virus is believed to be a key driver in the rapid rise of cases in India.

“What we don’t know about this variant is whether it is truly more infectious than these other variants of concern that we currently have in the province,” Hinshaw said.

The Central zone has 1,994 active cases, with 56 people in hospital and five in intensive care.

When looking at the province’s geospatial mapping for COVID-19 cases on the municipality setting, regions are defined by metropolitan areas, cities, urban service areas, rural areas and towns with approximately 10,000 or more people; smaller regions are incorporated into the corresponding rural area.

Related:

Veer addresses rising COVID-19 cases in Red Deer

With that setting, Red Deer County has 135 active cases of the virus as of Tuesday, Lacombe County has 80 active and Clearwater County sits at 31 active.

Lacombe has 102 active and Sylvan Lake has 58 active cases, while Olds sits at 81 active. Mountain View County sits at 85 active, Kneehill County has 39 active and Drumheller has 19 active.

Camrose County sits at 82 active cases and the County of Stettler has 20.

Camrose is at 141 active cases and Wetaskiwin has 134 active.

On the local geographic area setting, Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis has 233 active. Ponoka, including East Ponoka County, has 110 active cases and Rimbey, which includes West Ponoka County and parts of Lacombe County has 18 active.

About 25 per cent, or 612 schools across the province are on alert or have outbreaks, with 3,502 cases in total. Three-hundred-and-eighty of those schools are on alert, with 784 total cases and outbreaks are declared in 232 schools, with a total of 2,718 cases.

In-school transmission has likely occurred in 504 schools. Of these, 211 have had one new case occur as a result.

Alberta has now administered more than 1.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and there are 252,422 Albertans fully vaccinated with two doses.



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

The owner of Mae’s Kitchen in Mirror, says hamlet residents were ‘disheartened’ by a recent anti-restriction protest. The restaurant is following all the health restrictions in place. (Photo courtesy Mae’s Kitchen Facebook)
‘We don’t need that’: Mirror restaurant against recent anti-restriction protest

Mae’s Kitchen is located less than two kilometres from The Whistle Stop

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta adds 1,195 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Red Deer has dropped to 760 active cases

MP Damien Kurek receives his COVID-19 vaccination. (Photo submitted)
Local elected representatives get the jab

MP Damien Kurek and MLA Lovely get their COVID-19 vaccinations

(Historica Canada)
VIDEO: Heritage Minute marks 100th anniversary of work to discover insulin

Video centres on Leonard Thompson, 13, the first patient to receive successful injections for Type 1 diabetes

Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media files)
Canada marks 25,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began

6 in every 10,000 Canadians died of COVID-19 since March 9, 2020

Capt. Jenn Casey died in a crash just outside of Kamloops, B.C., on May 17, 2020. (CF Snowbirds)
Snowbirds to honour Capt. Casey, who died in B.C. crash, in 2021 tour

Tour will kick off in Ontario in June before heading west

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Welcoming cowboy boots at the historic and colourful Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne near Drumheller, Alta., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The bar and hotel are up for sale. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘It was a going concern’: Remaining bar and hotel in Alberta coal ghost town for sale

The historic Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne in southern Alberta is up for sale

The lights of several emergency vehicles could be seen near the Sunken Bridge on May 13. (Photo submitted)
Patient airlifted from Ponoka with serious injuries

RCMP, fire, STARS respond to single vehicle rollover May 13

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

An Israeli attack helicopter launches flares as he flies over the Israeli Gaza border, southern Israel, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Singh calls for halt on Canadian arms sales to Israel as violence escalates in region

Government data shows Canada sent $13.7 million in military goods and technology to Israel in 2019

Most Read