Alberta flexes COVID-19 rules for gyms, libraries, delays other re-openings

Henrietta Strickland
March 3, 2021

With a minimum of three weeks required between steps to allow for time to document the effects on community transmission, Monday is the earliest day for this announcement after Alberta entered the first step on February 8.

But he says loosening measures for retail shops, hotels and community centres can't happen yet.

Hospitalizations dropped by 12 since Saturday's update, with 250 people in hospital, including 46 who are in intensive care units, according to numbers posted by Alberta Health on Sunday.

A decision on Step Three will be at least another three weeks. "That's an important thing for us to remember".

The Province of Alberta announced in a media notice on Monday morning that a press conference would be taking place later that day with an update from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health.

The province set out two benchmarks to consider before moving between different steps of its plan to lift restrictions: time and hospitalizations.

Cochrane continues to hold at ten active cases while Rocky View County is reporting 19. This was down slightly from the 415 cases and 4.5 per cent positivity rate logged on Saturday.

The number of COVID-19 virus variants, of the kind first identified in the United Kingdom, increased by 27 cases to a total 422 in the province. Today, Alberta saw another 35 cases of the United Kingdom variant reported for a total of 457 cases of that strain.

Three more deaths were reported, bringing the provincial death toll to 1,886.

Kenney says with 257 people now in hospital fighting COVID-19, roughly 200 people below the previously set threshold, the province is ready to move into it's next phase of re-opening.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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