Alberta reported 47 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the province’s total to 7,276. Twenty-three of the new cases were in Edmonton, including a dozen in the Mill Woods area.
The number of active cases increased from 15 to 371. And the number of recoveries increased from 32 to 6,754.
The number of deaths remained unchanged at 151.
There are currently 42 Albertans in the hospital, six of whom are in intensive care units. Thirty of these patients are in the Calgary area.
Alberta has performed more than 310,000 tests for COVID-19.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, says that there has been an outbreak at the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, where four staff have tested positive.
“We are in a period of balance where we have to balance the needs of some Albertans for reopening and the needs of others for security and we have to keep them in tension,” she said.
“This virus is always with us, and I remind all Albertans that we are the best protection for ourselves, our friends and our neighbors. ”
She says proactive testing is the cornerstone of the province’s plan to reopen spas, pools, casinos, churches, cinemas and other businesses in phase two of the province’s reopening on Friday.