The testing positivity rate is up to five per cent and nine more deaths have been reported. To date 590 people have died in Alberta. The change in … Alberta’s COVID-19 provincial positivity rate, which indicates what per cent of daily COVID-19 tests come back as positive, has hit double digits for the first time. A government news release said vaccine doses are “starting to trickle in," meaning AHS is going to be contacting workers soon to rebook vaccine appointments that were previously cancelled due to the shortage. Alberta's CMOH said Friday that Alberta's COVID-19 variant doubling rate cannot yet be accurately determined. It was the second set of restrictions issued by the premier in November. "In a difficult year, I know this last month may be the toughest for many. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. There's a positive rate of 1.1% as of October 6 in Manitoba with 2,246 confirmations and 195,595 tests done. The provincial positivity rate now stands at 3.8 per cent. Alberta reports 195 new COVID cases, fewest in four months; positivity rate falls to 2.8% “This positivity rate is … It is also continuing to spurn calls by physicians for a two-week lockdown, or "circuit-breaker," to drop the effective reproduction number and allow contact tracing to catch up. Alberta planning COVID-19 field hospitals for 750 patients, internal document shows, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Over the past week, the province’s test positivity rate has hovered between about seven and eight per cent. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, who announced the new cases during her Tuesday afternoon briefing, said she was concerned about the growing number of variant cases not linked to travel and instead identified through community spread. Each dot depicts the percentage of positive tests on a given day. The estimated 400 new cases represent about a 4.9 per cent positivity rate, Alberta’s lowest value since Oct. 31. Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 1,828 cases of the disease from more than 17,200, equalling Alberta’s highest positivity rate of the pandemic so far: 10.5 per cent. The Public Health Agency of … That number is down from Friday’s recorded positivity rate of 4.5 per cent. The province also recorded 11 new deaths. Alberta has the same rate as Ontario despite having more than 36,000 fewer positives. “This positivity rate is a grim milestone, and one that should concern us all,” Hinshaw said. Nine additional deaths related to COVID-19 were reported, bringing the provincial total to 1,791. That’s down from 4.4 percent on Tuesday. Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the downward trend is encouraging, but people still need to be vigilant when it comes to wearing masks, hygiene, and following other health guidelines. Dr. Hinshaw said it was “too soon” to say whether the recent easing of public health restrictions on Feb. 8 were having any effect on the positivity rate increase, adding cases rates are highest outside Edmonton and Calgary. Alberta's chief medical officer of health also expressed concern about the province’s positivity rate, which hit five per cent Tuesday for the first time in … Seven of the variant cases in Alberta are of the strain first identified in South Africa and the remaining 214 are the so-called U.K. variant. On a day that Alberta reported 18,243 active cases of COVID-19 and 15 additional deaths, the province also reported a record high test positivity rate. The line shows the average positivity rate … The last time the rate was in this range was on Oct. 31 where Alberta had a positivity rating of 4.17 per cent on 13,203 completed tests. Spread of the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant continued in Alberta over the Family Day long weekend, with the province confirming 50 new cases. Albertans are now one week into the latest round of restrictions aimed at bending the curve of COVID-19 cases in the province. “We are actively monitoring the emerging research on these variants and looking to see if any of our current guidelines or approaches need to change.”. Alberta reported 459 new cases out of just over 12,800 tests for a positivity rate of 3.6 percent. Alberta’s positivity rate has dropped below five per cent for the first time in nearly 12 weeks thanks to the COVID-19 measures brought in late last year, says the province’s top doctor. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. On Friday afternoon, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced the provincial positivity rate had hit 10.5 per cent, the highest the province has seen yet. A woman in her 90s from the Calgary zone. On a day that Alberta reported 18,243 active cases of COVID-19 and 15 additional deaths, the province also reported a record high test positivity rate. Next week Albertans will find out what impact those measures are having on the virus, which is spreading faster in Alberta than anywhere else in the country. AHS has asked hospitals in Calgary to begin rationing oxygen. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. The estimated 400 new cases represent about a 4.9 per cent positivity rate, Alberta’s lowest value since Oct. 31. Alberta hospitals are preparing to double-bunk critically ill patients, revamp operating and recovery rooms and reassign staff to treat an expected surge of COVID-19 patients destined for intensive care units. Sunday marked the fourth consecutive day Alberta provided only “estimated” figures for case numbers and testing rates via social media. Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday the daily positivity rate hit five per cent.