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.
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.