A new death has also been reported since the last update, a 90-year-old woman from the Calgary area. The woman would not live in a continuing care facility.
A total of 51 people have died from COVID-19 in Alberta since the start of the epidemic. Thirty-five of these deaths occurred in the Calgary area, eight in the Edmonton area, seven in the North area and one in the Center area, depending on the province.
On Saturday, 57 people were hospitalized and 14 in intensive care. The majority of cases continue to be in the Calgary area.
The regional distribution of cases is as follows:
- Calgary area: 1,820.
- Edmonton area: 433.
- North Zone: 137.
- Central area: 76.
- South Zone: 77.
- Unknown: 19.
More than 92,000 Albertans have been tested for COVID-19, with 4,092 tests performed in the past 24 hours, the province said.
The Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health attributed part of the recent increase in cases to an increase in testing. On Friday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province has expanded its testing protocols to include certain asymptomatic people in areas where there have been outbreaks.
Hinshaw is expected to deliver the next COVID-19 update in person on Monday.