Alberta Reports 48 New COVID-19 Cases, No Additional Deaths

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Alberta reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but no additional deaths.Provincial labs have run nearly 7,000 tests in the past 24 hours, said Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw at a press conference.

The number of active COVID-19 cases has been increasing gradually for several days in the Edmonton area and may soon exceed those reported in Calgary for the first time.

As of Wednesday, the Edmonton area had 201 active cases, while the Calgary area had 224.

The other three zones of the province, South, North and Center, had 60 in total.

Public health officials are closely monitoring three small outbreaks in Edmonton:

  • Capital Care Grandview, two cases.
  • Miller Crossing Care Center, four cases.
  • Good Samaritan Westpark Group Home, five cases.

“This highlights the importance for all of us not to be lulled by a false sense of security when we see low numbers in our community and to think that we can start to move away from usual public health measures”, a Hinshaw said of these epidemics.

“We have to make sure that we support each other, stay at home in case of illness, take a test and make sure that all contacts and public health work is taken care of, as these are the measures who will help our contained cases. ”

The 151 people who died from COVID-19 in the province were between 27 and 105 years old, she said, and although most suffered from two or more underlying health conditions, some did not.

Hinshaw provided their latest update on COVID-19 on Wednesday at a press conference at 3:30 p.m.

She said that even with the small number of cases, she continues to advise people to plan to take their summer vacation in the province.

A total of 6,893 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

Laboratories across the province performed 356,818 tests.

Alberta’s health emergency, which has been in place since early March, expired on Monday. Last week, the province entered phase 2 of its stimulus package, allowing more businesses to reopen, although all public health orders remain in place.

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