Hinshaw warns Albertans of ‘different holiday season’ by reporting 1,307 cases of COVID-19, 10 deaths

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EDMONTON – As the calendar moves into December, Dr. Deena Hinshaw has told Albertans it’s best to assume they’ll have to limit their contact outside of their homes again this holiday season.
The chief medical officer of health has reported 1,307 more cases of COVID-19 after more than 15,000 tests, as well as 10 deaths related to the disease.

Of the 16,628 Albertans diagnosed with the coronavirus, 479 are in hospital and 97 of them are in intensive care.

So to curb the growing infections that started around Thanksgiving, which Hinshaw called “a great spread accelerator,” she cautions Albertans against scheduling gatherings with friends or large family dinners.

“I encourage Albertans to start preparing for a much different holiday season and start thinking about creative ways to safely celebrate.

“If you are planning your vacation, it’s best to assume that you would limit contact with anyone outside of your household as much as possible and that any larger meeting would have to be virtual. ”

The cabinet added by Hinshaw will decide what restrictions will be in place for the holidays later this month, after the current restrictions expire on December 15.

Alberta has reported 59,484 cases and 551 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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