However, Fort McKay First Nation says there are no known cases in the community. The Nunee Health Authority of Fort Chipewyan, which has committed to inform residents of any known cases in the hamlet, has made no announcements.
In Alberta, the number of cases increased by 138 cases, including 128 in the Calgary area. This brings the total to 1,870. Of these cases, 908 are active and 914 are recoveries. The number of deaths is now 48; continuing care homes recorded 214 cases, including 30 deaths. The province has performed 79,695 COVID-19 tests.
In her daily briefing, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the surge in new cases in Calgary was due to increased testing in the city. On Tuesday, the Calgary region had 1,242 cases, or 66% of all known cases in the province.
The Edmonton area follows with 402 cases. The North Zone, which includes the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, has 107 cases. Central Alberta has 74 cases and southern Alberta has 36 cases. There are nine cases that have not been placed in any area.
Hinshaw warned that the number of new cases is expected to increase as Alberta health services increase testing capacity and admissibility across the province.
As testing increases, Hinshaw says the province will have a more accurate picture of the spread of the pandemic across Alberta. It will also allow health officials to adjust the deadlines for lifting orders for social distancing.
However, Hinshaw warned that many orders, such as restrictions on large public gatherings, will remain for some time. She urged Albertans to postpone, or at least reduce, the large social gatherings planned for the coming months. This includes weddings.
“I realize this is not good news and I share your frustration with the situation,” she said. “Believe me when I say that I wish it was in my power to give everyone the life they had three months ago. “