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319 new cases of coronavirus in Alberta, two additional deaths

Last Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 6:35 am MDT

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed the additional cases Monday, April 6. (Credit: Livestream, April 6)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – There have been 319 new cases of COVID-19 found in Alberta in the last 24 hours.

This brings the total in the province to 3,720, of these 1,357 have now recovered.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says one of the new cases is a worker at Sofina Foods in Calgary and is the only case so far at the plant, so it is not considered an outbreak.

AHS is working with the plant to make sure the virus does not spread. All employees at the plant have been instructed to self-isolate.

Hinshaw adds AHS is offering to test those who do not show symptoms.

There have been two additional deaths in Alberta. “This brings the total number of lives lost to 68 so far,” Hinshaw said in Thursday’s COVID-19 update.

WATCH: Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing COVID-19 update

“These two additional deaths are the ones I mentioned yesterday with respect to Brooks.”

There are 480 confirmed cases at the Cargill Meat processing plant in High River and 124 cases in employees and contractors at JBS Foods.

As of Thursday, Hinshaw says there are 390 cases in continuing care facilities.

Following the new numbers, Hinshaw touched on mass gatherings in the province.

“We need to remember that a single case of COVID-19 can spread like wildfire in large groups of people,” Hinshaw said.

The mass gathering restrictions currently in place also apply to summer events.

“The orders in place prohibit gatherings of more than 15 people.”