Alberta reports 639 new COVID-19 cases

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2021

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced the figure at a news conference Monday, where she urged Albertans to keep following public health measures.

Morinville also reported two more deaths on Monday, including a man in his 70s who passed away January 10.

Cochrane has dropped six cases for a total of 49 active cases.

The deaths of five more people were reported in the city on Tuesday, all linked to the outbreak at the Youville Home.

The province is working toward the goal of contacting all new COVID-19 patients within 24 hours, but it is not known when the province will reach that goal.

Pfizer and Moderna studies have shown the effectiveness of the first shot is approximately 90 per cent two weeks after being administered.

Hinshaw said this is to ensure as many Albertans as possible get the protection of the first dose.

"To prevent as many deaths as possible ... provide that first dose to as many people as possible, while still planning for that second dose".

"We are bending the curve and we must keep up this momentum in the days ahead", she said.

On Tuesday, she expressed condolences for more families of COVID-19 victims than ever before.

"Today is a hard day", the chief medical officer of health said, calling the decision a hard one to make.

Any appointments that were previously made will be honoured and all residents of long-term care and designated supportive living facilities will receive their second dose at the three to four week interval.

Alberta's COVID-19 death toll now sits at 1,307.

Kenney says, at the current rate, the province will run out of the current vaccination shipment some time next week.

"With more contact tracers and fewer cases, we are reducing the number of cases with unknown exposures". Since the variants were located in December, Alberta has been working to put through extra tests looking for specific mutations.

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