Alberta reported 1,351 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday - the highest recorded in a single day since New Year's Eve.
Variant cases continue to drive the recent rapid growth, with Alberta reporting 575 more cases.
The province has 11,464 active cases of COVID-19. Morinville has 20 active cases, up from 14 yesterday. Another 575 variant cases were detected Wednesday, raising the number of active variants to almost 5,000.
The province reported 1,351 new cases, the biggest one-day increase since December 18, bringing its total to 155,476 infections since the start of the pandemic.
Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, tweeted Wednesday that now is the time to "dig in" and bend the curve down.
"By following public health measures and making safe choices in everything we do, including getting vaccinated when eligible, we can bring case (numbers) down and break the chains of transmission", Hinshaw wrote.
There are now 333 people in the hospital with 79 of those in intensive care. This is up from the 328 in hospital the day before, including 76 in ICUs.
Four of the new variant cases were of the B.1.351 South African variant and eight were the P.1 Brazilian variant, bringing their total identified cases to 26 and 23, respectively.
Alberta has now administered 755,831 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, which is 21,428 more than the previous day.