Alberta reports 4 additional COVID-19 deaths, 33 new cases

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Alberta reported four more deaths from COVID-19 and 33 new cases of the disease on Thursday.

The four people who died were all residents of Calgary continuing care centers.

  • 80 year old man at Extendicare Hillcrest
  • 90-year-old woman at Chartwell Eau Claire retirement homes
  • 80-year-old woman at Intercare Brentwood Care Center
  • 70-year-old man at Carewest Sarcee

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the average age of those who died from COVID-19 was 82, which is why long-term care and other continuing care facilities remain a priority.

“We will continue to monitor outbreaks at these facilities and take additional measures if necessary to protect the health of residents and staff,” said Hinshaw.

There are now 926 active cases in the province, with 5,710 people listed as cured and 132 deaths.

Thursday, 59 people were hospitalized and treated for the disease, including six in intensive care beds.

The 33 new cases were confirmed from a set of 4,017 tests performed in the past 24 hours.

Regional distribution

Of the 6,768 cases reported since the start of the pandemic in March, the regional distribution on Thursday was as follows:

  • Calgary area: 744 assets, 3,853 recovered
  • South zone: 97 active, 1,111 recovered
  • Edmonton area: 61 assets, 451 recovered
  • North zone: 16 assets, 199 recovered
  • Central area: 5 assets, 93 recovered
  • Unknown: 3 active, 21 recovered

Alberta’s daily COVID-19 daily figures have been consistently low for two months.

In the past week, the province reported the lowest daily numbers since mid-March.

  • Thursday May 21, 33 new cases
  • Wednesday May 20, 19 new cases
  • Tuesday, May 19, 33 new cases
  • Monday May 18, 39 new cases
  • Sunday May 17, 57 new cases
  • Saturday May 16, 72 new cases
  • Friday May 15, 58 new cases
  • Thursday May 14, 50 new cases

On Thursday, the total number of active cases in the province was again below 1,000. This total has also declined steadily over the past week.

  • Thursday, May 21, 926 active cases in total
  • Wednesday May 20, total 970 active cases
  • Tuesday May 19, 1004 active cases in total
  • Monday, May 18, 1,064 total active cases
  • Sunday, May 17, 1,084 active cases in total
  • Saturday May 16, a total of 1,073 active cases
  • Friday, May 15, a total of 1,131 active cases
  • Thursday, May 14, 1,211 active cases in total

“We continue to see a declining trend across the province in active cases,” said Hinshaw. “Although it is too early to see the full impact of the stimulus, so far our number of cases has remained stable. “

Difficulty for many

The public health measures put in place have caused hardship for many, she said, but the decisions have been made to save lives.

“I know that many Albertans, especially those in Calgary and Brooks, continue to be concerned about the more gradual reopening compared to the rest of the province. I understand that residents and businesses are eager to see more businesses resume operations, and that the wait is taking a toll

“I want to thank the people of Calgary and the province for doing their work to protect others … and that is largely why these numbers have continued to drop. “

It is important that people remember that COVID-19 still poses a major threat, said Hinshaw, who reminded the public to continue to follow public health guidelines.

“We don’t want to endanger everything that Albertans risked and sacrificed by reopening prematurely,” she said. “The reopening allows us to gradually monitor any increase in the gap in open retail, child care and other activities in Calgary and Brooks, where the benchmark rate was higher last week.

Currently, the province is not seeing a worrying increase in the number of people in Calgary or Brooks, and cases overall remain stable, she said.

Major outbreaks at the High River and Brooks meat packing plants contributed significantly to the overall number of cases in these cities.

The Cargill plant in High River has just five active cases, with 943 recovered, said Hinshaw. At JBS in Brooks, there are 10 active cases and 640 workers have recovered.

“All of these signs are encouraging. But the next few days remain critical. If we continue to see these encouraging results, we hope that we can move forward with the gradual reopening of Calgary and Brooks. “

Progress on the recovery plan still depends on the province’s ability to keep infection rates low, she said.

A total of 203,397 people in Alberta were tested for COVID-19.

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