COVID-19: downward trends continue as Alberta starts May long weekend

Approximately 205,960 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the province's positivity rate stands at about 9.1 per cent.

The last time the positivity rate was below 7 per cent was back on March 31 this year when the positivity rate was 6.74 per cent after completing 13,645 tests.

There were 617 people in hospital for COVID-19 including 164 in ICU.

Alberta reported a record-setting 89,111 new vaccinations Friday.

Alberta's active case count is similarly plummeting. There are now 15,502 in the province, more than 1,000 less than the previous day.

The Calgary zone leads Alberta for active cases with 6,964 infections while the Edmonton zone has 3,729.

Those who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people will need to provide twice-daily symptom checks for 14 days.

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But that all depends on New Mexicans continuing to protect themselves and their community by getting vaccinated". Employees and customers that are fully vaccinated won't have to wear masks at Trader Joe's, Walmart , or Costco.

Though case rates continue to decline in Alberta, the province did hit one notable marker Saturday: one in every 20 Albertans has now tested positive for COVID-19 at some point during the pandemic.

Six more deaths from the disease were reported Saturday, bringing the total to 2,170.

Elsewhere Saturday, Alberta followed up its record-breaking day for immunizations with another high number of jabs given.

Almost 55,000 doses of vaccine were administered on Friday.

Another 621 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alberta Saturday.

"Please continue making good choices this weekend; the results of our decisions will be seen in case numbers in the coming weeks", Hinshaw said.

More than 2 million Albertans have now got a first shot of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 340,000 are fully immunized with two shots.

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