Alberta records 127 new COVID-19 cases Friday, 1 more death


Alberta identified 127 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with one additional death from the disease.Alberta Health said the deceased was a man in his 80s from the Central Zone. The man was not linked to a continuing care facility, according to Alberta Health.

To date, Alberta has experienced 196 deaths related to COVID-19.

As of Friday afternoon, there were 1,386 active cases of COVID-19 across the province. This represents a slight decrease from Thursday’s total of 1,408 active cases.

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Of the active cases on Friday, 599 were in the Calgary zone, 272 in the Edmonton zone, 254 in the central zone, 147 in the south zone, 107 in the north zone and seven were unrelated to any zone.

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Ahead of the long weekend, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health reminded Albertans to continue to take precautions while celebrating with family and friends.

“We all want to socialize and create happy, positive memories. I am convinced that none of us want to have these spoiled memories with a loved one who becomes ill or friends and family having to isolate themselves because we did not take simple precautions, ”Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

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“COVID-19 won’t take a break because it’s a vacation. Reckless behavior today can lead to a sharp increase in cases next week and the week after, ”she continued, noting the increase in cases Alberta has seen after Canada Day.

Hinshaw admitted that a lot of people were tired of being told what to do, so she tried to focus on the things people can do safely to enjoy the August long weekend.

“We can enjoy camping, eating out, barbecuing, watching a hockey game with friends and family, or visiting a loved one in a continuing care facility.

“To do these things, we just need to make a few adjustments to make sure we’re following public health guidelines as best we can.”

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If they are camping or heading for the beach, Hinshaw has asked Albertans to limit stops for food and gas, and have a back-up plan if their final destination is too crowded when they arrive.

Hinshaw encouraged outdoor gatherings for those hoping to catch an NHL hockey game this weekend.

“Think about how many people would be comfortably two meters apart and stick to that maximum number,” she said.

She continued to encourage people to bring their own food and drink and use their own utensils.

“Wherever you go, physical distance. Wear a mask in crowded places and wash your hands. Be a champion for safety and speak up if others don’t know how to follow public health guidelines. And while it may be disappointing, the best thing you can do for all of our loved ones is to stay home if you’re not feeling well and get tested.

“Only by observing these measures can we all help prevent the spread while staying socially connected this long weekend in August and beyond.”

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So far, 9,261 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

The province will present its next update on COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday.

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