Kenney said the cabinet approved the chief medical officer of health’s decision to switch from pandemic to endemic in late July, and then by mid-August it delayed a number of those steps on Hinshaw’s advice.
“And then, at the end of August, when we saw the situation deteriorate in terms of hospitalizations, another set of recommendations was presented, and then we immediately started the decision-making process which resulted in the measures announced on September 3,” a Kenney said.
He said additional measures were adopted about 10 days later, including the restriction exemption program.
There are 99 active cases of COVID-19 in Medicine Hat on Wednesday.
This is the first time that there have been less than 100 active cases in the city since August 4.
Medicine Hat has recorded 4,438 cases in total – all 99 active, 4,261 recovered and there have been 78 deaths.
There are five new cases in the city since Tuesday and 13 new recoveries.
An AHS spokesperson said CHAT News Monday that there are currently 78 hospitalized patients positive for COVID-19 in the southern zone, including 17 in intensive care. There are 20 inpatients at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital, including 5 in intensive care.
The Chinook Regional Hospital has 41 of them, 12 of which are in intensive care. The Cardston Health Center and Taber Health Center each have four inpatients; The Bow Island Health Center, Brooks Health Center, Pincher Creek Heath Center, and St. Michael’s Health Center have two each; and the Raymond Health Center has one.
Among Haters aged 12 and over, 84 percent have received at least one dose of vaccine and 77.6 percent are fully immunized.
72.9% of all Hatters received at least one dose of vaccine during the last update and 67.4% of Hatters are fully immunized.
There are 6,693 active cases in the province, down 218 from Tuesday, and 315,175 recovered cases in the province, up from 691.
The total number of cases in Alberta since the start of the pandemic is 325,001.
There have been 475 new cases in the province in the past 24 hours.
There are now 697 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19, including 155 in intensive care and 3,133 deaths.
The province has performed 10,348 tests in the past 24 hours.
The positivity rate is around 4.6 percent.
Alberta administered 6,583,429 doses of vaccine as of the last update.
The province will soon expand eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots for those who have received at least six months after receiving their second dose of the vaccine.
Starting Monday, a booster dose will be offered to all Albertans aged 70 and over, as well as to all First Nations, Inuit and MÃ©tis people aged 18 and over.
The decision is based on the recommendation of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and its provincial counterpart, Kenney said.
Booster shots will also be available for frontline healthcare workers who received their first two doses within eight weeks of each other and Albertans who received two doses of AstraZeneca or one dose of Jansen at the foreigner.
He urged Albertans to seek credible sources of information, speak to their doctor or pharmacist, and make the choice to get a full vaccine as soon as possible.
An average of almost 16,000 doses per day since the introduction of the proof of vaccination program about seven weeks ago.
âMake no mistake, vaccines have saved lives,â Kenney said.
Active cases are down 70% since the peak of the fourth wave on September 26, and the number of Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19 is down 39%.
The Prime Minister said this showed progress “but does not mean that our work is done”.
He said intensive care admissions had also declined by 42% since the end of September, but total intensive care occupancy remained at 139% in a typical year without COVID.
“And that is why we have to continue to be careful until the pressure on our intensive care units has reached a more manageable level,” he said.
Kenney added that about 85% of COVID ICU patients are not fully vaccinated.
Of the new cases today, 58.7% are not vaccinated, 6.9% are partially vaccinated and 34.3% are fully vaccinated.
Of current hospitalizations, 72.5 percent are unvaccinated, 5.3 percent are partially vaccinated, and 22.2 percent are fully vaccinated.
Province-wide, 87.2 percent of Albertans 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 80.6 percent are fully immunized.
Of the total population of Alberta, 74.2 percent have received at least one dose of vaccine and 68.5 percent are fully immunized.
There are a number of local outbreaks listed on the AHS website.
There are no local schools on epidemic status. Three Medicine Hat schools are on high alert, as well as two in the vicinity.
There are 710 active cases and 21,398 recovered in the southern zone. The total of deaths in the area is 275.
The province-wide breeding value for the week of October 25-31 is 0.87. It is 0.91 in the Calgary zone, 0.90 in the Edmonton zone and 0.84 in the rest of Alberta.
It is updated every two weeks. In the last update from October 11 to 17, the numbers were 0.85 in the province, 0.88 in the Calgary area, 0.85 in the Edmonton area and 0.84 in the the rest of Alberta.
Cypress County has a total of 838 cases. There are 23 active cases, 809 recovered and six deaths. The latest one-dose vaccination rate for all ages is 64.9%, the two-dose rate is 58.8.
Forty Mile County has 340 cases in total. There are 19 active cases, 316 recovered and there have been five deaths. The latest one-dose vaccination rate for all ages is 40%, the two-dose rate is 34.8.
Taber DM has 1,228 cases in total – 40 active cases, 1,173 recovered and there have been 14 deaths. The latest one-dose vaccination rate for all ages is 46.4%, the two-dose rate is 41.8.
Special Zones No.2 have a total of 238 cases – three active cases, 232 recovered and there have been two deaths.
Brooks has 2,083 cases in total – 19 active cases and 2,041 are recovered. Brooks has recorded 23 deaths.
Newell County has a total of 468 cases – 17 active cases, 444 recovered and there have been seven deaths. The latest one-dose vaccination rate for all ages is 64.8%, the two-dose rate is 57.4. Newell numbers include the town of Brooks.
Warner County has a total of 754 cases. There are 39 active cases, 711 recovered cases and there have been four deaths in the county. The latest one-dose vaccination rate for all ages is 57.9%, the two-dose rate is 51.7.
The City of Lethbridge has a total of 6,928 cases. There are 225 active cases, 6,643 recovered and there have been 60 deaths. Lethbridge County has 1,912 cases, 64 active cases, 1,829 recovered and there have been 18 deaths.
All areas of the immunization data card match the case count card.
The numbers on alberta.ca are “up to date at the end of the day on November 2, 2021”.
Saskatchewan has a total of 78,075 cases, 1,765 considered active. There are 75,448 recovered cases and there have been 862 deaths from COVID-19 in the province.