COCHRANE— Cochrane has maintained its trend of more than 200 active cases of COVID-19 in town, at the end of the day on Thursday (May 6).
There are currently 211 active cases in Cochrane, with 659 recovered.
Cochrane currently sits at 612.2 active cases per 100,000 people.
There have been two deaths attributed to the virus in Cochrane.
Over the last 24 hours, the province has identified 2,211 new cases of COVID-19 and has completed 19,900 tests.
The positivity rate in the province currently stands at 11.1 per cent.
There are 654 people in hospital including 146 in intensive care in Alberta.
There have been no new deaths in the past 24 hours.
Variants continue to be the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the province, and Alberta Health Services is no longer screening every sample for variants.
Contact tracers will no longer be informing COVID-19-positive individuals if they have a variant, which will allow them to focus on getting test results back as quickly as possible to the public.
A representative sample from the population is still being tested to determine dominant strains daily.
At this point if you have COVID-19 it is safe to assume that it is a variant of concern, said Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
The province has successfully administered 1.73 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As of Thursday (May 6), anyone in the province born in 1991 or earlier is now eligible for the vaccine.
On Monday (May 10), anyone born in 2009 or earlier will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
Between the Province’s vaccine rollout and the recent restrictions imposed on the province, Hinshaw said the combined impact of those two measures should impact the recent spike in cases across Alberta, and will keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.
She urged all Albertans to adhere to the public health guidelines in place, and everyone eligible to book their vaccine appointment as soon as possible.