Dr Deena Hinshaw sounds the alarm on the spike in COVID-19 cases in Edmonton


The growing number of COVID-19 cases in the city of Edmonton could lead the province to impose additional measures to lower the level of transmission, Dr Deena Hinshaw warned Monday.”The large number of cases identified over the weekend in Edmonton is cause for concern,” Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, told a news conference.

“We have seen an escalation of cases in Edmonton, an increase in the number of breeding cases to 1.3 last week and an increase in the number of active cases to 894. We are taking this seriously and are looking closely at the causes or drivers. of this increase that we are seeing. .

“By talking with local public health and the city, we determine if additional measures should be recommended in the city to reduce transmission. ”

Hinshaw said even with new measures, the number of cases could continue to rise.

“I want to make a point that I have already made, which is that the new cases that we are seeing right now are a reflection of transmission events that happened one to two weeks ago,” she said.

“So we have to expect that whatever changes we may or may not choose to make in the next few days or weeks, we will see increased transmission over the next one to two weeks, which is again the product of past events. ”

On Monday, the province reported eight more deaths from COVID-19 in the past three days and an alarming 578 new cases of the disease.

The province recorded 97 cases on Friday, 263 on Saturday and 218 on Sunday.

Sick? Stay at home, urges Hinshaw

Hinshaw said one of the factors leading to the increase in numbers in the province is that too many people are attending work or social gatherings while being symptomatic.

“This is a significant risk and it is one of the factors that increase the number of our cases,” she said. “I want to be clear, if you are sick you have to stay home.

“If you’re sick you shouldn’t go to social gatherings of any kind, that includes the coming Thanksgiving weekend. ”

As the province is testing thousands of people a day and returning results faster than ever, it is for nothing if people with symptoms keep coming out.

“This is the system side of the market, delivering results as quickly as possible. But our side of the market as Albertans, staying home when sick while waiting for results is fundamental, ”she said.

“We cannot prevent a second wave or limit the spread of COVID in Alberta if we don’t take all of these basic steps. ”

As of Friday’s last count, the province had 1,558 active cases of COVID-19 and had recorded 272 deaths.

There were 64 people with COVID-19 in the hospital, including 15 in intensive care.

The regional distribution of active cases on Friday was:

  • Edmonton area: 982 cases, up from 835 cases on Friday.
  • Calgary area: 624 cases, compared to 568 cases.
  • North Zone: 105 cases, up one case from Friday.
  • South zone: 47 cases, against 31 cases.
  • Central zone: 22 cases, against 19 cases.
  • Unknown: three cases, against one case.

Death of 8 elderly people

Among the deaths reported on Monday, two were seniors without continuing care – an 80-year-old man and a 70-year-old woman, both in the Edmonton area.

The deaths of a man in his 90s and a woman in her 70s are linked to the Extendicare Eaux Claires epidemic in Edmonton.

The deaths of a woman in her 90s and another in her 60s are linked to the outbreak at the Mill Woods Shepherd’s Care Center in the Edmonton area.

The other two deaths are linked to the Calgary Foothills Medical Center outbreak: a Southern Zone man in his 60s and a Calgary Zone man in his 60s.

There were 56 outbreaks in schools in Alberta on Friday. Seven schools with at least five caisses were under surveillance.

New epidemics

Over the weekend, outbreaks were reported at remand centers in Edmonton and Calgary, as well as at an Edmonton warehouse for HelloFresh, a subscription meal delivery service.

The Good Samaritan Southgate Care Center has a new outbreak, shortly after an earlier outbreak that resulted in 34 deaths was declared over.

At Calgary’s Foothills Hospital, seven units have now reported outbreaks, with 36 patients and 31 healthcare workers testing positive.


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