CALGARY (660 NEWS) – During her daily Alberta COVID-19 update, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed 47 new cases and two additional deaths in the province.
A total of 4,659 Albertans have completely recovered from the virus while 1,524 remain active.
There are 73 cases in hospital, with an additional 12 in ICU.
A total of 2,864 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours.
Two previous deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been confirmed as non-related, keeping Alberta’s total deaths at 117.
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“We are forced to grieve differently in this time of pandemic, physically distant from extended family and friends and I offer my sympathy to all those navigating that difficult terrain right now,” Hinshaw said.
Hinshaw confirmed 102 active cases in continuing care facilities, with 542 residents having recovered fully.
A total of 911 workers at the Cargill meatpacking plant near High River have recovered, with 36 cases still being active.
At the JBS plant in brooks, 548 have recovered while 58 remain active.
At the Harmony Beef location, 22 are recovered and 16 are active.
There is one new case at the Calgary Remand Centre.
“Public health officials continue to respond to each outbreak, contain the spread, and ensure all public health measures are enforced and being taken seriously.”
Six cases have been identified at a Canada Post location in Calgary, however, Hinshaw said these cases did not occur due to workplace transmission.
As the plan for relaunch approaches, Hinshaw said they are prepared to support Albertans.
“We have the testing capacity and contact tracing ability to quickly identify new cases and prevent further spread much more promptly than we could at the start of this pandemic.”
Due to the majority of cases being centred around the Calgary zone, Hinshaw announced this week Calgarians not showing any symptoms can register to be tested.
A total of 1,000 asymptomatic Calgarians can be tested a day while continuing to test those with symptoms.
“I encourage anyone in the Calgary zone who is interested to participate to go online and register for a test.”
Hinshaw said to use the AHS online assessment tool and that it is a first-come, first-serve basis.