Alberta Reports 127 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 More Death Before Long Weekend


The long August weekend looks promising with temperatures in the 1920s and little rain in the forecast. But the best doctor in the province is asking Albertans to “take simple precautions” in light of the ongoing pandemic.“I know people are excited to come out,” Alberta chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday. “But we have to keep in mind that after Canada Day we witnessed several events that resulted in the spread of COVID-19 among friends and families.

“This is not the only reason the number of our cases has increased, but it has played a role. ”

The province reported 127 new cases of COVID-19 and one other death on Friday. There are 86 people in the hospital, including 17 in intensive care.

The province now has 1,386 active cases, a slight decrease from the 1,408 reported Thursday.

Here is how the active cases are distributed among the regions:

  • Calgary area: 599 cases, up from 655 Thursday
  • Edmonton area: 278 cases, six more than Thursday
  • Central zone: 254 cases, against 201
  • South zone: 147 cases, down from one case
  • North Zone: 107 cases, against 118
  • Unknown: seven cases

Edmonton’s Good Samaritan Southgate Care Center has reported another death among its residents, bringing the total death toll to 22.

In its daily case update on Friday, the center said there had been 101 infections at the facility since the outbreak, which began on July 17.

As of Thursday, there were 49 active cases among residents and 16 among employees. Eight employees have recovered, as have six residents.

Hinshaw said she recognizes that people want to socialize and “make happy, positive memories.”

“I am convinced that none of us want to have these spoiled memories with a loved one who falls ill or with friends and family who have to isolate themselves because we did not take simple precautions”, a- she declared.

She said she sympathizes with people who feel frustrated about being told about everything they can’t do.

“Instead, this weekend, let’s all think about what we can do and how to do it safely,” she said.

“We can enjoy camping, eating out, barbecuing, watching a hockey game with friends and family, or visiting a loved one in a long-term care facility. To do these things, you just need to make a few adjustments. sure we follow public health guidelines. ”

Tips for a safe weekend

Hinshaw offered some tips for celebrating the long weekend in a safer way.

  • If you’re going camping or to the beach, limit stops in small communities along the way.
  • If the destination is too crowded when you arrive, have a back-up plan
  • If you’re inviting people over to dinner or to watch hockey, hold an outdoor gathering with two-meter separation in mind.
  • Encourage everyone to bring their own food, drinks and cutlery.
  • Follow the policies of the care facility when visiting a loved one in a continuing care facility.
  • Physical distance, wear a mask and wash your hands.

“Be a champion for safety and speak up if others don’t know how to follow public health guidelines,” Hinshaw said. “Although it can be disappointing, the best thing you can do for everyone you love is stay home if you are not feeling well and organize yourself for tests. “


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