One death, 77 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta

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EDMONTON – The province confirmed 77 more cases of COVID-19 and one additional death on Tuesday. The latest victim of the disease is an 80-year-old man in the Edmonton area who was not living in a care facility, according to Alberta Health.

It brings the total number of deaths to 235 and the total number of infections in Alberta to 13,083 since the start of the pandemic, of which 1,134 are currently active.

The active rate in the province rose from 1,172 the day before, although active infections in the Edmonton area fell from 567 to 608.

The city of Edmonton remains on the Alberta Health watch list with an active infection rate of 53.5 per 100,000 population.

On Tuesday, 46 people were hospitalized for the disease, including seven in ICU.

On Monday, the province’s top doctor, Deena Hinshaw, said the growth in the number of cases in the Edmonton area was linked to gatherings like weddings, funerals, family reunions and backyard parties.

“There was an especially high attack rate in family gatherings,” Hinshaw said.

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