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Seven more Albertans die from coronavirus, cases rise by 49

Last Updated Apr 10, 2020 at 4:33 pm MDT

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing a provincial update on COVID-19 to Albertans on April 10, 2020. (photo taken from CityNews livestream)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Seven additional people have died from coronavirus in Alberta. Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says it’s the deadliest day so far of the virus pandemic in Alberta.

“This is the highest number of deaths we have seen in a single day.”

Four of the seven are at Calgary McKenzie Towne continuing care facility for a total of 17 deaths.

Alberta’s total death count is 39.

Hinshaw also confirmed 49 new cases of the virus for a total of 1,500 province-wide.

713 Albertans have recovered.

Following the new numbers, the Alberta government is taking new steps to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Hinshaw says new rules are being implemented at continuing care facilities. This means all workers must be required to wear face masks when working around residents, even if they are not showing any symptoms.

“In addition to new masking requirements, we are requiring all workers in continuing care facilities to work at only one site.”

“This will help prevent the spread of illness between facilities. These requirements are currently in effect at outbreak locations but will now be required in all long-term care and supportive living sites across the province,” she added.

WATCH: Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing daily COVID-19 update