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COVID-19: Alberta seeing sharp decrease in new & active case counts

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EDMONTON, AB – It appears the province’s tougher COVID-19 restrictions put in place three weeks ago are working.

Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday we’ve seen a remarkable drop in active case counts since early May.

“In fact, actives cases have declined 52% from their peak earlier this month,” Hinshaw said. “We are now seeing promising declines in hospitalization numbers and we have started to see our positivity rate decline as well.”

On Tuesday, the province reported 387 new cases which is the lowest in several weeks. The number of people getting tested for COVID-19 in going down too with just 4,000 tests province-wide since Monday. Hospitalizations are back below 600 at 565 and the number of ICU patients with COVID sits at 158.

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Hinshaw hinted again Tuesday afternoon Alberta is getting close “to easing things up in the near future.” She said the best thing Albertans can do right now to drive down new case numbers even more is to get vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, more than 2.5 million Albertans had received at least one dose of vaccine which accounts to nearly 50% of the province’s eligible population.

“With cases declining and more vaccines being administered everyday, we are rapidly approaching a point when we can safely begin to ease measures. It’s close and getting closer everyday,” said Hinshaw.

Premier Jason Kenney wasn’t part of Tuesday’s provincial COVID-19 briefing, however he made mention on social media over the long weekend that some positive changes would be announced in the coming days, “We’ll have some exciting news this week about the great Alberta summer that lies ahead!”

Late Tueasday afternoon the province sent out a media notice saying Kenney will announce the province’s strategy for opening this summer at 11:30 Wednesday. He’ll be joined by Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Jobs Minister Doug Schweitzer.

 

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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