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Dr. Deena Hinshaw to address province Thursday in COVID-19 update

Last Updated May 6, 2021 at 12:20 pm MDT

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will be back to her regular provincial COVID-19 update this afternoon.

She is set to speak at 3:30 p.m. and her update will be carried live on 660 NEWS.

The province identified 2,272 new cases in Wednesday’s update with 903 of those cases being variants of concern.

READ MORE: Alberta identifies 2,272 new COVID-19 cases, two additional B.1.617 variant cases reported

There are 24,156 active cases of the virus throughout Alberta, and 59.4 per cent are variant cases.

As of Wednesday, there were 666 people in the hospital with 146 in the ICU.

Three additional deaths were also reported.

This comes as COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opened to more Albertans today.

Thousands of people already have their vaccine appointment booked with many more still to come.

READ MORE: Thousands of Albertans book for COVID-19 vaccine as Thursday, anyone 30 and older eligible

Starting on Monday, May 10, even more Albertans will be able to get the jab as people 12 and older will be eligible.