Alberta Reports 134 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 More Deaths

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Alberta Health has reported three additional COVID-19-related deaths and 134 new cases, the largest one-day total in more than two weeks.The new cases are turning a recent downward trend recently hailed by Chief Medical Officer Dr Deena Hinshaw as a source of collective pride and hard work. The figures, updated Friday afternoon, are current at the end of Thursday.

The last time Alberta recorded triple-digit new cases was on July 31, when the province detected 101 cases.

According to Friday’s update, there are 1,125 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta. The distribution of active cases by region was

  • Calgary area: 368
  • Zone d’Edmonton: 329
  • Central areas: 224
  • South zone: 90
  • North zone: 111

As active cases have increased, the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 has continued to trend lower. There are 68 people in the hospital, including 18 in intensive care.

The Good Samaritran Southgate Care Center, site of Alberta’s deadliest outbreak, reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. An additional employee had recovered, bringing the total number of cases recovered to 13 employees and 20 residents.

At the center, 25 residents have died from COVID-19 out of 113 confirmed cases since mid-June.

A total of 11,430 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Alberta, of which 208 have died. The number of people who have recovered from the disease has now reached 10,097, according to the update.

Alberta Health Services said it would look to the private sector to help it double its testing capacity and manage asymptomatic testing before September, when daily testing is expected to exceed 20,000 per day, in part because of the return at school.

The province performed 8,533 tests on Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic, about one in seven Albertans have been tested

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