Alberta extends COVID-19 financial aid to small-, medium-sized businesses

Lawrence Kim
February 18, 2021

The Calgary zone saw the biggest dip, down 26 per cent, but it also has the highest number of active cases.

Up until December 2020, about 1% of Alberta's COVID-19 patients didn't pick up the phone when contact tracers called them.

The current percentage of Ontario's variant cases amongst new cases sits at seven per cent.

"It's certainly great news", said Dr. Noel Gibney, the co-chair of the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association's COVID-19 pandemic response committee, and a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta.

Zones outside of urban areas now have the highest active case counts and R-values.

"Trying to ignore COVID-19 and not participating in contact tracing only pushes back the day we can ease restrictions further", Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw said the ban on indoor social gatherings won't lift until the third step of the provincial reopening plan because of how much viral spread happens in those settings.

There were 263 new cases reported in the past 24 hours after approximately 5,200 tests were performed for a positivity rate of 5%.

"Roughly half of the cases we have our travel or close contact of a traveler and then roughly half are those who are either community where we don't know the source or someone who is a close contact".

The province is offering COVID-19 testing twice to those exposed to the variant case to help prevent community spread.

In addition, Hinshaw says the province's hospitalization numbers have stopped decreasing like last week.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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