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Hospitalizations continue to drop as province reports two additional deaths Thursday
The number of Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 continued to drop on Thursday as the province prepares to possibly lift more restrictions next Tuesday.
There are 1,357 people in hospital with the virus, a decrease of 16 from the previous day. Of those in hospital, 92 are in an intensive care unit, two more ICU admissions than the previous day.
As hospitalizations continue to trend downward, Premier Jason Kenney previously said the province will make its final decision on whether or not to enter Step 2 of its reopening plan on Saturday, which would see almost all COVID-19 restrictions, including the province-wide mask mandate, lifted next Tuesday.
Most COVID-19 fines unpaid in B.C., but ‘they will be paid,’ says minister
British Columbia’s public safety minister says only a small number of fines related to violation of COVID-19 measures have been paid, but people who want to drive their vehicle may have to pay up.
Mike Farnworth says the Insurance Corporation of B.C. will send unpaid fines to a collection agency after 30 days when the period to dispute them has ended.
Other unpaid violation ticket files typically go to collections after a year.
Amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act last spring allow the corporation to refuse to issue driver’s licences and vehicle licences to people who have not paid fines.
Alberta reports 682 new cases, two deaths
Here are today’s COVID-19 numbers released by Alberta Health:
- The province is reporting 682 new COVID-19 cases since yesterday from 3,436 tests completed.
- There are 1,357 people in hospital with COVID-19, a decrease of 16 since yesterday. There are 92 people in ICU, an increase of two since yesterday.
- There were another two COVID-related deaths reported to Alberta Health Services, bringing the total to 3,885 since the start of the pandemic. There have been 566 deaths reported in Alberta since Jan. 1.
- There are 10,626 recorded active infections in the province. In the Calgary zone, there are a reported 3,591 active cases.
- Alberta’s two-dose vaccination rate for the population age 12 and over is 86.5 per cent.
How to decide what’s safe for you as COVID restrictions lift
As provinces start scrubbing public health restrictions, people are being advised to do mostly as they see fit. Will people throw caution to the wind, or tread gingerly?
More than two years in, and the pandemic has left many feeling emotionally raw, says Western University’s Marnie Wedlake. COVID forced people to sit with uncertainty and their own mortality, “two biggies that poke at our emotional defenses.” So has a sense of decision fatigue, the exhaustion of constantly assessing risks and trade-offs.
Canada first to approve Medicago’s plant-based COVID-19 vaccine
Health Canada approved Medicago’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, which uses GlaxoSmithKline’s adjuvant to boost efficacy, making it the first approval for the plant-based shot anywhere in the world.<
The two-dose, made-in-Canada vaccine (known as Covifenz) is authorized for use in people aged 18 to 64, the health agency said in a notice.
Health Canada says its effectiveness and safety in those younger than 18 and older than 64 has “not yet been established.”