Fifty variant cases reported of over a four day period

  • Fifty variant cases reported of over a four day period

Fifty variant cases reported of over a four day period

Alberta Health Services has released its update on COVID-19 for Sunday, Feb 14, covering statistics compiled over the past 24 hours.

There have been 221 cases of variants reported in Alberta, with 214 of those identified as the B.1.1.7 variant and seven of those identified as the B.1.351 variant first found in South Africa.

Unfortunately, there is a but, and that is the wildcard of what happens with the spread of new COVID-19 variants.

On Oct. 17 there were 2,890 active cases in the province with 122 people in the hospital while today there are around 5,000 active cases and triple the hospitalizations from mid-October.

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

"I am particularly concerned with the growing number of cases not linked to travel", Hinshaw said.

Alberta's UCP government says it will be enhancing its small business relaunch grant to help more companies affected by the pandemic.

"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".

Dr. Hinshaw explained the easement of restrictions in Alberta thus far, "It has now been one week since we eased step one restrictions as part of our path forward".

The top doctor noted it can take up to two weeks to see the impact of the changes to the restrictions. It's too soon, therefore, to say what effect they are having in the province.