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Alberta Health did not report the death of the Good Samaritan, but did report another death in the province on Friday – a man in his 80s in central Alberta whose death is unrelated to continuing care.
Alberta Health spokesman Tom McMillan said facility operators learned of the deaths before they were reported to provincial authorities. He said this may delay official reporting of a death in provincial updates.
The province reported 127 new cases on Friday. The number of active cases fell to 1,386 from 1,408 reported Thursday.
A total of 9,261 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19. There have been 10,843 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.
The Edmonton area has 272 active cases while the Calgary area has 599. Central Alberta has 254 and southern Alberta has 147. Northern Alberta has 107. there are seven cases which are not linked to a geographical area.
In her update Thursday, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw urged the public to continue to physically distance themselves as they enjoy the August long weekend.
“We all want to socialize and create good, positive memories. I am convinced that none of us want these memories to be spoiled by a loved one who becomes ill, ”said Hinshaw.
She said people can still go to restaurants or the beach or get together to watch the playoffs start. However, she requested that adjustments be made to allow everyone to stay two meters from each other.
“Protect your loved ones by encouraging everyone to bring their own food and drink and to use their own utensils,” Hinshaw said. Wherever you are physically going, wear a mask in crowded places and wash your hands.
A bylaw making masks mandatory in indoor public spaces in Edmonton will come into effect on Saturday.
Across Canada, there have been 116,312 cases of COVID-19, according to the latest figures from Health Canada. A total of 8,935 people have died in the country and 101,277 people have recovered. Globally, there have been 17,106,007 cases and 668,910 deaths, reports the World Health Organization.