Alberta Reports 961 New COVID-19 Cases Over Thanksgiving Weekend, 4 More Deaths

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Alberta is reporting 961 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths over Thanksgiving weekend.The province counted 236 cases on Friday, 259 cases on Saturday, 240 on Sunday and 220 on Monday.

There are now 97 people hospitalized with the disease, including 13 in intensive care.

Alberta has 2,615 active cases, up from 2,225 on Friday.

The four deaths involved: a woman in her 50s who is linked to the outbreak at the Millwoods Shepherds Care Center in Edmonton; a man in his 80s who was a patient at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary; a woman in her 60s linked to the outbreak at Lifestyle Options Terra Losa in Edmonton; and a woman in her 60s from the Edmonton area who was not in continuing care.

As the province performed nearly 60,000 tests for COVID-19, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, expressed frustration that many people don’t bother to show up for their tests or to cancel their meeting.

Assessment centers are seeing a high rate of no-shows lately, delaying the availability of appointments for those who need them, she said at a press conference on Tuesday.

For example, she says, Calgary recorded a no-show rate of 14% over the past weekend.

“It’s easy and convenient to change or cancel your test appointment online, freeing up your spot for someone else,” she says. “Please help us make the system as effective and efficient as possible.

“The cold and flu season has started, and as I said before, we are seeing an increasing number of people with COVID-like symptoms increasing our demand for testing. ”

Hinshaw announced that the province will no longer conduct walk-in testing at African horse sickness assessment centers as of Wednesday. Only about seven percent of tests are done through the walk-in option, she said.

The long weekend break came after a week where a record was set for the most new cases per day in the province and the number of active cases jumped in the Edmonton area, placing the region capital at a “critical juncture,” according to Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The numbers also helped push the number of cases in the Edmonton area to another record high for the third day in a row.

Premier Jason Kenney said on Friday he would not follow Ontario’s lead in imposing severe restrictions on businesses and residents to limit the number of COVID-19 cases.

But the push prompted Hinshaw to introduce voluntary measures in the region, such as limiting social gatherings to 15 people, encouraging the use of masks in all indoor work environments, and limiting the number of social groups. or cohorts of three people.

It will take a few days for those in the Edmonton area to find out if the numbers released each day reflect events from one to two weeks ago, due to the delay in onset of symptoms and the testing process.

So far, 286 Albertans have died from COVID-19.

Here is the regional distribution of active cases:

  • Edmonton area: 1,444 cases
  • Calgary area: 754 cases
  • North zone: 127 cases
  • South zone: 160 cases
  • Central zone: 109 cases
  • Unknown: 21 cases

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