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The map will now be updated in the afternoon with new information that was validated in the morning. If an outbreak is declared later in the day, the map will not be updated until the following afternoon, Hinshaw said.
“Our first priority in identifying any kind of exposure in a school is to educate parents, students and staff at that school, because they are the ones who are affected the most and it happens immediately,” Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw announced 113 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,494.
Alberta hospitals are treating 43 patients with COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive care.
Five other people have died, including a man in his twenties in the Edmonton area. The province has recorded a total of 253 deaths from the virus.
There have been 15,304 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic, including 13,557 recovering. The city of Edmonton remains underprovincial watchlistwith 542 active cases or 53.1 per 100,000 people.
Hinshaw said that over the past week, provincial labs have performed an average of more than 11,000 tests per day. To reduce wait times, Albertans can now sign up for a text message to receive a positive or negative test result. The auto-dial telephone system has also been extended to provide both positive and negative results.Albertans can choose their preferred choice of notification when making an appointment.
“Those who test positive for COVID-19 will always be contacted by phone by an Alberta Health Services public health professional for follow-up and case management,” Hinshaw said.