‘Our situation is grim’: Alberta breaks daily record for COVID-19 cases on Friday, records 11 new deaths


Alberta has confirmed 1,155 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, provincial officials said Friday.“Our current situation is grim,” said Dr Deena Hinshaw. She added this week, Alberta has confirmed more active cases than any other week since the start of the pandemic.

There are now 10,655 active cases in the province; 4,272 in the Calgary area and 4,520 in the Edmonton area.

Alberta’s positivity rate is 6.5%.

There are 310 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19; 58 of them are in intensive care units.

Eleven COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the death toll from the pandemic in Alberta to 462.

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“Eleven fellow Albertans are gone and their family and friends are mourning their deaths,” Hinshaw said.

Seven of these deaths were linked to outbreaks: the deaths of a 90-year-old woman, an 80-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man are linked to the Edmonton General Care Center; the deaths of a woman in her sixties and a man in her sixties are linked to the Gray Nuns community hospital; death of woman in her 90s in Edmonton area linked to Covenant Care Chateau Vitaline; and the death of a man in his sixties from the North Zone is linked to the Grande Prairie Care Center.

A man in his 60s from the Edmonton zone, a man in his 60s from the south zone, a woman in his 60s from the Calgary zone and a man in the 80th from the central zone are also deceased.

Alberta Health said 32,835 people have recovered from the disease.

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Last Friday, the Prime Minister joined Hinshaw for the press conference, announcing new health measures in a bid to reduce COVID-19 rates and hospitalizations.

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Jason Kenney has told residents of Calgary, Edmonton and any community under surveillance status on the province’s COVID-19 card to stop holding social gatherings at home.

All businesses in a municipality under surveillance status should require employees to wear a mask unless the person is sitting at a desk or cubicle more than six feet from another person, or is there is a barrier in place between them.

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On November 12, the province announced that group indoor fitness classes and team sports would be banned for two weeks from November 13 to 27 in the Calgary area, Edmonton area, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie , Lethbridge and Red Deer.

Restaurants and pubs in the above areas, as well as “enhanced status” areas must stop alcohol sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. This measure will also be in place from November 13 to 27.

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The mayor of Calgary doesn’t think the current restrictions are helping.

“We should have seen the numbers go down now,” Naheed Nenshi said in an interview with 770 CHQR on The Morning News with Sue Deyell and Andrew Schultz Friday.

“Typically we see the numbers respond – if they want to respond – within five to 14 days. Fourteen is really the outlier. And the fact that they didn’t respond is actually quite concerning.

“It’s not about panic or fear, but being very clear-headed… looking at these numbers and knowing where they’re going.”

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Nenshi said the numbers of most concern are the increase in hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and deaths. He said he spoke with Hinshaw and the Prime Minister earlier this week and that they were also very, very concerned.

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“It’s very clear that they are very concerned about these numbers. The Prime Minister continues to be concerned, in particular, about what will happen to retail businesses as Christmas approaches if we have more closures.

“But I think it’s pretty clear that more restrictive measures will come for the province as soon as possible,” he said.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they opted for more restrictions before the end of the two week period they announced last week, especially with numbers like yesterday. “

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Whatever rules are in place, Nenshi encourages people to support local businesses as much as possible but in a safe way: shop online and order from a small local business using their website, delivery or pickup. at the edge of the street.

“Many companies have said to me, ‘Look, if you want to do this, do it now, so that we have a chance to save some of the Christmas season… End it. Don’t wait, ”Nenshi said.

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“Today Ontario is going to announce more restrictions, there is now a mask mandate in every province in the country except Alberta, so I imagine the pressure on the provincial government on this is pretty high. .

“Do not wait for the government to tell us the right thing to do,” he added. “It’s time for people to start restricting our activities now.”

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