Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency late on Wednesday amid a steep rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the province.
“Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the health care system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates come into effect starting September 16,” reads an official statement posted online.
Meanwhile, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said new COVID-19 measures were announced today to reduce transmission.
Dr. Hinshaw further added that the new MEASURES include restrictions on restaurants, indoor gatherings, weddings and funerals, places of worship, retail, entertainment venues, indoor sport and fitness, and schools.
This comes as the Alberta Health earlier reported reported 1,609 new positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 24 additional deaths over a 24-hour period.