Following is an update for active COVID-19 cases in the Okotoks area as of 4 p.m. on April 7 according to Alberta government statistics.
Town of Okotoks — 109
Foothills County — 38
High River — 49
There were a total of 1,351 new cases identified in the province over the past 24 hours bringing the total of active cases in Alberta to 11,464, 43.2 per cent of which are variants of concern.
Currently, there are 333 patients hospitalized with COVID, 79 of whom are in ICU.
The Province announced 755,831 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of April 6. To date, 133,401 Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses.
Albertans 75 or older, as well as those not yet that age but born on any date in 1946, can book their vaccine appointments online as of Feb. 24 at the following link https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx.
Phase 2A of the vaccine rollout opened on March 15 for Albertans born 1956 or before as well as First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals born 1971 or before.
The Province announced Phase 2B of the rollout started March 30 for Albertans 16 to 64 with high-risk underlying health conditions. Additionally, Albertans born between 1957-1966 are eligible for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The list of who's eligible can be found at: https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx
More information on vaccine appointments is available at https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17295.aspx
Premier Jason Kenney introduced the step-by-step Path Forward for restrictions to ease as hospitalizations drop below a specific threshold.
Step one of the easing of restrictions, which met the criteria of less than 600 hospitalizations, started on Feb. 8 with the easing of restrictions on dine-in at restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as on personal training. Step two, with lessened restrictions on gyms and libraries, began on March 1. A further easing of step two restrictions, for places such as retail, conference centres, community halls and banquets, was announced on March 8.
Alberta has since moved back to step one with dine-in at restaurants and bars closed as of April 9, capacity limits at retail locations lowered from 25 to 15 per cent and further limitations on indoor fitness, the Premier announced at a April 6 press conference.
Click here for more information on the Path Forward.