EDMONTON, AB – Alberta’s top doctor says she’ll be keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 provincial positivity rate after a sharp increase in the past day.

There were 263 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Monday out of about 5,200 tests for a positivity rate of 5-percent.

That’s higher than it’s been the past few weeks and Dr. Deena Hinshaw says it is concerning.

She says she’ll be watching closely to see if it’s an isolated finding or a concerning trend.

There were quite a few new COVID cases in Lethbridge over the past day as well – 24 out of the 36 total in the South Zone.

That’s pushed the number of active cases in the community back up to 211 which is a number not seen since mid-December.

Out of the nine newly reported COVID deaths, two were in the South Zone with one linked to the outbreak at The View retirement community in Lethbridge (a man in his 80’s) and another involving a man in his 40’s in the Fort Macleod area.

As of Feb. 15, there had been 149,138 COVID vaccines administered in Alberta.