stealth Omicron” variant had become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Alberta, Health Minister Jason Copping will be delivering the weekly update on the state of the pandemic in the province.Copping’s press conference will be streamed in this story.Chief medical officer of health Dr.
Deena Hinshaw is not expected to take part in the press conference scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Canada headed towards 6th COVID-19 wave this spring, experts warn The most recent COVID-19 data on the provincial dashboard was dated March 21.The update comes as wastewater levels of SARS-CoV-2 RNA continue to rise in Alberta’s two largest cities: Edmonton and Calgary.Dr.
Xiaoli Pang noted those levels in Calgary wastewater have seen a marked increase about three weeks ago, where Edmonton’s levels have been rising for less time than that.“Since last week we can see gradual increases (in Edmonton),” Pang, a public health molecular virologist at Alberta Precision Labs and University of Alberta lab medicine assistant professor, told Global News.But the trajectory of this latest increase in wastewater levels – and its translation into cases, hospitalizations, etc. – is still yet to be determined, Pang said.“These next few weeks is a really key point to see if it’s continually up, really increased very quickly.