Twenty COVID-19 Deaths Mark Alberta’s Deadliest Day, Province Grows ‘Exponentially’


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Last month some non-essential surgeries were interrupted in Edmonton due to the increase in cases.

Contact tracers are also struggling in the province. Health officials recently reported that 65% of cases in Alberta were of unknown origin.

Those who recently tested positive for COVID-19 have an average of 15 close contacts, Hinshaw said on Monday.

“This means that with about 1,000 new cases per day, there are about 15,000 people each day who are in close contact. It is impossible to phone all of them, which is why AHS has changed its processes and is using technology like the online portal to speed up this work.

Premier Jason Kenney said last Thursday that the province had posted 425 jobs for contact tracers.

The province provided more information on its COVID-19 website on targeted health measures in place for two weeks starting last Friday in Edmonton, Calgary, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Fort McMurray and Red Deer.

The restrictions ban group sports and indoor fitness, as well as group performances such as singing, dancing, and theater, for two weeks. Low-intensity activities like Pilates or yoga are not affected by the ban on fitness classes.

Casinos and other licensed venues are also subject to alcohol curfews. Restaurants that serve alcohol must stop selling alcohol at 10 p.m. and close at 11 p.m., but take-out and delivery may continue after that time.

As of Friday, healthcare workers are now only required to self-isolate for 10 days if they show symptoms of COVID-19.

To date, there have been 40,189 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, including 427 deaths.

Currently, 309 schools are on alert or harbor an epidemic and there have been 1,046 school-related cases.

Archbishop MacDonald has an outbreak of COVID-19 with two confirmed cases and 106 people in self-isolation. Outbreaks have also been reported at Mee-Ya-Noh School, Greenview School and Riverbend School, according to information provided by Edmonton Public Schools.

Nationally, there have been 302,192 cases and 11,027 people have died, according to Health Canada. Data from the World Health Organization indicates that more than 1.3 million people have died from the disease with more than 54 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

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