More than half of the COVID-19 cases in Alberta are variants of the virus. On Sunday, the variant accounted for more than 80 percent of cases.
These variants are known to make individuals sicker, at a faster rate. As of Tuesday, there are 504 active cases of COVID-19 in Lethbridge. Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Vivien Suttorp says that most of the cases in the city are stemming from young people who did not follow the government’s restrictions.
“We are seeing a lot of disease in young individuals. In young college-aged groups there are still ongoing gatherings…perhaps after school, or finishing the semester gatherings,” says Suttorp.
As of this week, rapid flow, mass immunization clinics are open in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. AHS says the goal is to vaccinate over 2,600 people daily.