Alberta is putting the COVID BA-2 virus in the rearview mirror.

Health minister Jason Copping says the numbers are going in the right direction.

"Our average PCR test positivity rate is about 20 per cent as compared to 23 per cent last week and 25.,9 per cent the week before. This is the third week in a row that we've seen dropping positivity rates which means there is less viral transmission in Alberta," Copping explained.

"Our wastewater surveillance program is showing the same thing, the levels in most centers are declining or fluctuating at levels well below the BA-1 peak."

The total number of patients admitted to hospital with COVID dropped slightly and the number of patients in ICU remains steady.

With the May long weekend almost upon us, it's important to get out and get rid of some of the stress according to the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

"The coming summer season starting with the May long weekend just around the corner will provide opportunities for us. This could be camping, a long walk outside, gathering with good friends and family or even cheering on your favourite Alberta-based hockey team. The important thing is to make a plan to do something that restores you," she says.

Dr. Hinshaw urges Albertans to take the usual precautions this long weekend, not to drink and drive or use drugs and drive, have a backup plan if you're headed to unfamiliar territory, and make sure kids are supervised to make sure you don't end up in the hospital dealing with something other than COVID.