Alberta youth COVID-19 spike of concern: Hinshaw


The Alberta government has reported that more people under the age of 40 have contracted the new coronavirus in the past two weeks.Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday – in her latest update – that of the 780 new COVID-19 cases identified in the past two weeks, 57% fell into the youth category.

“Of these, 30% are still not linked to any known source,” she said.

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Gordon and Kathleen Conrod visited Calgary from Edmonton and said that 17 Avenue, which is a strip of restaurants, bars and shops, was difficult to navigate responsibly.

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“We have seen young people walking in larger groups, walking four or five on the sidewalk, making social distance difficult,” said Kathleen.

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Her husband said he hopes the new numbers won’t mean the province will have to lock down restaurants and services again.

“We sort of went to great lengths to reach the state we are in,” said Gordon.

“To step back would be very unfortunate and I don’t want that.”

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Hinshaw said it is an important reminder that people should always distance themselves socially and practice good hygiene.

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