As of Saturday, according to Canada.ca, Alberta has the second highest rate of active cases per 100,000 people at 220. "We need each Albertan to do their part".
So far, the provincial app has about 260,000 downloads while the federal app has been downloaded over 5.2 million times.
Tyler Shandro said Tuesday he is in favour of all resources that help in the fight against the pandemic, but reiterated the federal app isn't a good fit for Alberta.More news: AstraZeneca vaccine shows strong immune response in elderly, appears safe in study
Alberta contact tracers have become so overwhelmed with the rising number of cases that the province recently stopped tracing except for cases in high-priority settings such as long-term care and health-care facilities and schools. "It does not relieve pressures for our contact tracers".
Since the pandemic began, more than 40,000 Albertans have tested positive for COVID-19.
The full chart can be found at the Province of Alberta's website.More news: Denmark says mutated coronavirus from mink farms 'most likely' extinct
NDP Leader Rachel Notley says the province needs to put Albertans first, rather than trust a provincial app that is feeding very little information into a broken contact-tracing system. In the legislative assembly Tuesday, Shandro continued to defend the province's app, saying that the low usage was "a matter of scale". "This pilot approach will improve the efficiency of all contact tracing and allow the contact tracing team to focus on populations at greatest risk".
Alberta and B.C. are the only provinces to not adopt the federal contact tracing app and it's unclear whether they will start anytime soon. The province has a total of just over 10,000 active infections. It's an anonymous notification app.
The number of active and recovered COVID-19 cases in the City of Calgary as well as the number of deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus as of November 16.More news: AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine shows promise in elderly, trial results by Christmas