Kenney to share COVID update with Alberta on verge of reopening

20 Juin, 2021, 03:22 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Health Minister Tyler Shandro.
			By David Opinko	
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Thanks to the diligence of Albertans and the decision of 2.7 million folks to get vaccinated, we are now just two weeks away from getting our lives back to normal.

"The end of this awful time is just two weeks away", the premier exclaimed. Kenney has said entry in those draws will be tied to second doses of vaccinations.

The exception to this is for anyone who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Other provinces have announced plans to end restrictions in the coming weeks.

Like that bet - which ended up costing Albertans $1.3 billion, and maybe more when the dust has finally settled - the odds aren't completely awful for Mr. Kenney's reopening gamble. Capacity limits for businesses and places of worship will be gone.

"No more limits on weddings or funerals". No more limits for gyms, sports and fitness activities. Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and protective measures in continuing care settings will remain. The provincial mask mandate will also be lifted but masks will still be required in some settings, including while on public transit and while inside city-owned buildings.

As announced Friday, an additional 983,000 Albertans are now eligible for their second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Alberta identified 124 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. There were 2,336 active cases and, of those, 1,749 were variants of concern. The number of people in hospital is down 45 per cent in the same period and ICU admissions are down 53 per cent.

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There are five known active cases, including one person who is not an Algoma resident and is temporarily in the region. It's lower than Monday's 447 cases, Sunday's 530, Saturday's 502, Friday's 574, Thursday's 590, and Wednesday's 411.

To that end, Shandro announced the province is taking advantage of increasing supplies to accelerate the timeline for second shots. Those who received their first dose in June can book their second shot as soon as four weeks have passed.

Kenney also responded to an announcement Friday by the federal government that travel restrictions at the Canada-U. "Because of you, we're about to take this huge step forward".

The ban means there will be no foreign visitors at the Calgary Stampede when it begins July 9.

Never mind the obvious risk or his expensive and expansive record of bad bets, Jason Kenney rolled the dice again yesterday on Alberta's pandemic reopening.

Previously, the province had said second-dose booking would open on June 28 for those who got their first jab in May.

The variant is more transmissible and is spreading quickly in the United Kingdom, where some reopening measures have been delayed.

The number of active cases has decreased 61 per cent since Stage 1 launched in June, Kenney said. Appointments can be booked through Alberta Health Services by calling 811.

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