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Medicine Hat experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19 variants of concern

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MEDICINE HAT, AB – Rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Medicine Hat has health officials concerned.

Alberta Health Services issued a public service announcement Thursday encouraging residents of the Gas City and surrounding Cypress County to do their part to protect vulnerable populations from the virus.

Active cases in Medicine Hat have increased significantly in a short amount of time – going from single digits on July 18 to 242 on Aug.8 just three weeks later.

Wednesday’s data showed a further increase of 119 new cases, for 361 active cases.

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The city now has, by far, the highest active case count per 100,000 population in the entire province.

Health officials say there has been significant progress made against COVID-19 through vaccine uptake but community spread driven by variants of concern is still an issue.

They say the best thing to do is to get immunized and stay home when you’re feeling sick.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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