Alberta doesn’t relax COVID-19 restrictions amid rise in hospitalizations | FULL

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Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced Monday that the province would not be moving into Step 3 of the province’s Path Forward plan as the COVID-19 situation worsens.

“There will be no easing of any restrictions at this time,” Shandro said. “This is the safe move. It’s the smart move to make for our province right now and it’s absolutely necessary to help avoid a third wave that would take more lives and once again put more strain on the hospital system.”

In order to move into Step 3, Alberta had to be at fewer than 300 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 and that number had to be dropping.

“Today, while hospitalizations are below 300, they’ve risen in recent days,” Shandro said.

There were 280 people in hospital as of Monday’s update. That’s up 16 from a week ago. Based on transmission rates in the province, Shandro said Alberta is on track to have more than 300 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 within a week.

“This pause is prudent, and it’s essential.”

There were 456 new cases COVID-19 identified Monday, 110 of those being variant cases.

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