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Alberta reports 39 new COVID-19 cases, one additional death

Last Updated May 19, 2020 at 8:52 am MDT

In this illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/CDC via AP, File)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta has reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

As of Monday afternoon, there are 1,036 active cases in Alberta, and 836 are in the Calgary zone.

About 5,519 Albertans have recovered from the virus.

Premier Jason Kenney said these numbers reflect the discipline shown by Albertans.

“The most encouraging news of all is the surging number of recovered cases. The number of recoveries has surpassed the number of active cases and they did so at the beginning of May. The gap between those two numbers has been growing steadily and that’s very good news.”

Kenney added, however, people should still follow public health orders.

Many retail shops, restaurants and hair salons reopened on May 14 but those in Calgary and Brooks were told to hold off until May 25 due to a high number of cases in those areas.

LISTEN: Reporter Saif Kaisar has the latest

There are 93 active cases currently in continuing care facilities. In total, 94 residents have died in those centres.

Outside gatherings are still allowed with a maximum of 50 people. Physical distancing must remain between people.

The next update with the Chief Medical Officer of Health will be held Tuesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 21.