Premier Jason Kenney says “knock it off” to those people who want to hang out in large groups in closed quarters amid the ongoing pandemic.
The rising case numbers are troubling the premier, he said Tuesday.
Alberta confirmed 141 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Two more Albertans died between Monday and Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 172 in the province.
The City of Red Deer had 12 active cases Tuesday, an increase of one from Monday.
In the central zone, there were 131 active cases Monday. On Tuesday, that number went up to 145, with 29 people in hospital and five in intensive care.
There are 102 recovered cases in the local zone. To date, there have been 248 confirmed cases in the central zone.
Twenty-nine people were also in hospital in the Edmonton zone, with seven of those in intensive care Tuesday. The zone has 233 active cases, with 1,156 recovered.
In central Alberta, the Town of Sylvan Lake is at three active cases. Lacombe County and Ponoka County are at eight each, Red Deer County is at six, Mountain View County is at two, County of Stettler is at 20 and the City of Wetaskiwin is at three active cases.
The City of Lacombe, County of Wetaskiwin and Clearwater County have no active cases.
Kenney said countless sacrifices have been made by Albertans in the past few months.
“But it looks like some folks are no longer observing the public health guidelines,” he said.
That could be because people are tired of the virus, or they believe the COVID-19 threat is exaggerated, or maybe healthy people aren’t worried about getting sick themselves, said Kenney.
“Whatever the reasons, the results are troubling, and so today, I plead with Albertans not to give up on the progress we’ve made. The last thing we want to have to do is reinforce damaging restrictions on our economy and our freedoms,” said the premier.
“Let me be blunt: If you think you can socialize with large groups of people in closed quarters, knock it off.
“If you’re young and healthy, remember you could still carry and transmit the virus that ends up killing someone who is old and vulnerable,” he said, asking Albertans to follow public health measures.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, also explained her concern over the growing number of active cases in the province.
On a more positive note, she said this past weekend, there were improvements at Alberta’s beach communities, including Sylvan Lake, Chestermere and Alberta Beach.
“We had very few reports of issues at beaches across the province,” said Hinshaw, adding that was a stark improvement from the weekend prior.