Alberta records largest COVID-19 case jump in one day since mid-May

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Alberta reported 69 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the largest single-day jump in cases for the province in more than a month.

This figure has not been reached since May 16, the date on which 72 cases were recorded. The majority of new cases have occurred in the Alberta Health Services Calgary area.

The increase in the number of new cases brings the total number of confirmed cases in Alberta to 7,957, of which 520 remain active, an increase in the number of active cases from Friday.

The 69 new cases were from approximately 6,400 tests, a positive rate of approximately 1.1%. This is the highest daily test positivity rate in Alberta since the beginning of June.

The Calgary area had 37, or 54%, of the new cases. Six of the new cases are residents of the Verve Condominiums building in East Village, where 40 residents tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Elsewhere, the Edmonton area had 14 new cases, while the North and South areas had 10 and nine new cases, respectively. The Edmonton area leads the province in active cases with 228, but the Calgary area follows closely with 221 active cases.

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