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239 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Last Updated Apr 17, 2020 at 5:17 pm MDT

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing COVID-19 update on April 17, 2020. (Photo taken from Citynews livestream)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – There have been 239 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in the province over the last 24 hours.

This brings the provincial total to 2,397.

During Friday’s provincial update, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says it’s the largest daily increase of cases.

Seventy per cent of all cases are in the Calgary area, and 400 cases are believed to be from community transmission.

However, Hinshaw says no new deaths were reported, so the total remains at 50.

Hinshaw also discussed the outbreak at the Manoir Du Lac Continuing care facility in Northern Alberta, saying AHS is taking over after finding out the facility was not following proper protocol.

“Earlier today, Alberta Health Services issued a news release indicating that they will be taking over administration of this facility after public health determined that protocols for keeping residents safe and well cared for were not being followed.”

WATCH: Premier Jason Kenney and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing COVID-19 update

 

Premier Jason Kenney making an appearance this afternoon.

Kenney says the most encouraging news is the low hospitalizing rates

“The numbers can change very quickly, however, we continue to see far fewer hospitalizations than even the most optimistic scenario described by the AHS modelling which we released last week.”

He says there is a reason for the big spike in cases.

“As of today, we have conducted 89,144 tests and we have average 1974 per day since the fourth of March. AHS testing protocols have evolved during the outbreak adapting to the trajectory of the virus as well as the availability of testing resources.”

Following the new updates, Kenney also touched on the Federal government’s announcement Friday afternoon on the energy sector.

“This is a package we have been working on with Ottawa – This is a really efficient way of getting good blue-collar skilled, skilled labourers, back it to work, folks who have been laid off and who maybe right now are facing unemployment in the oil fields service sector. This is an important lifeline for hundreds of companies, large and small.”.