On Monday, December 28, Dr. Deena Hinshaw addressed the public, providing updated numbers on COVID-19 deaths in Alberta between December 23 and 27. \nOver the five days surrounding Christmas, 112 Albertans died as a result of COVID-19. This pushed the province's death toll past 1,000. \nEditor's Choice: COVID-19 May Not Be 'The Big One' When It Comes To Pandemics Says WHO Official\n\n\n\n1,002\n\n\nCOVID-19 deaths in Alberta\n\n\nAccording to Hinshaw, there were 30 deaths on December 23, 18 on December 24, 17 on December 25, 27 on December 26, and 20 on December 27. \nJason Kenney released a statement following the news. \n"This tragic milestone is more than a number or statistic. It represents more than 1,000 mothers, wives, fathers, husbands – empty spaces around the table that can never be filled," the premier wrote. \n"But, even as we reach this painful milestone, there is reason for hope. The first Albertans have already received the COVID-19 vaccine, and more are getting vaccinated every day. As of today, more than 6,000 Albertans have received their first vaccine doses," he continued. \nAs of now, Alberta has 15,487 active cases of COVID-19 in the province. \nOn Monday, December 28, Dr. Hinshaw announced the province's first case of the new variant from the U.k.