Coronavirus: Alberta reports 72 new cases and 1 more death on Saturday

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The Alberta Department of Health announced 72 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 1,084.

On Saturday, 5,377 people recovered and 126 died from a total of 6,587 cases confirmed to date in Alberta.

Cases

“Alberta’s COVID-19 hospitalization rates remain low with 60 people currently hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care,” the province said in a statement.

Distribution of cases:

  • 876 active cases and 3,553 cases recovered in the Calgary area
  • 111 active cases and 1,078 cases recovered in the South zone
  • 60 active cases and 446 cases recovered in the Edmonton area
  • 17 active cases and 196 cases recovered in the North zone
  • 13 active cases and 85 cases recovered in the central area
  • Seven active cases and 19 cases recovered from areas not yet confirmed

The province said there are 630 cases of unknown exposure to date.

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Buyers walk past stores in West Edmonton Mall on the first day of reopening on Thursday, May 14, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buyers walk past stores in West Edmonton Mall on the first day of reopening on Thursday, May 14, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Death

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Another person has died since Friday’s update, bringing the province’s death toll to 126, said Alberta Health.

He was a man in his forties at the Intercare Brentwood Care Center in Calgary.

Death breakdown:

  • 90 in the Calgary area
  • 15 in the North zone
  • 12 in the Edmonton area
  • eight in the South zone
  • one in the central area

There are currently 97 active cases and 586 cases recovered from continuing care facilities in Alberta. Ninety-two people died in these facilities, accounting for more than 73% of all deaths from COVID-19 in the province.

Barber Salim Alhaj cuts his hair by client John Gee of Calgary who came to the Kingsview Barbershop when it reopened in Airdrie, Alberta on Thursday May 14, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barber Salim Alhaj cuts his hair by client John Gee of Calgary who came to the Kingsview Barbershop when it reopened in Airdrie, Alberta on Thursday May 14, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Outdoor gathering rules

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Friday that outdoor gatherings can now accommodate 50 people instead of 15.

” [A] a physical distance of two meters should remain between people from different households and participants should follow good hygiene practices, “said the province.

Indoor gatherings are still limited to less than 15 people, the government said.

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