COVID-19 cases in St. Albert are just shy of triggering new mandatory provincial health measures announced on Thursday.
Starting Friday, enhanced public health measures will be put in place for COVID-19 hotspots where there are more than 350 active cases per 100,000 people, as well as more than 250 active cases in total.
Right now, these communities include Edmonton, Calgary, Airdrie, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and Strathcona County.
St. Albert sat at 245 active cases on Thursday, having added 26 new cases overnight. Fourteen more people have recovered from the virus in the city. The city's active case rate per 100,000 people sits at 352.
Sturgeon County has 104 active cases, and an active case rate of 372.4 per 100,000 people.
Morinville has 38 active cases, and an active case rate of 332.9 per 100,000 people.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced new regional restrictions across the province Thursday as Alberta hits new daily case highs and marks the most active COVID-19 cases in total that it has seen yet.
The targeted measures come after almost one year of Kenney denouncing a regional approach to controlling the spread of the virus.
The communities who meet the threshold of being a hotspot will have all junior and senior high school students move online. Indoor fitness and sports will be shut down in these communities starting Friday and restaurants will be asked to more strictly police patios to ensure only members of the same household are dining together.
Once in place, these targeted restrictions will remain for at least two weeks for any community or area that reaches case threshold. The enhanced measures will be lifted after 14 days if the municipality falls back below the threshold.
In extreme cases, a curfew will be implemented when communities hit a threshold of more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 people, or if a municipality requests it.
“The restrictions currently in place will not bend the curve fast enough to get this third wave under control before the summer,” Kenney said.