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One potential case of MIS-C in Alberta, COVID-19 cases rise by 25

Last Updated May 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm MDT

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing daily COVID-19 update on May 27, 2020. (Photo taken from CityNews livestream)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – The province is looking into its first potential Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome case, also known as MIS-C.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the condition primarily affects children.

 

This comes as there are 25 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, leaving a total of 679 active cases. Hinshaw says it is the fewest number of active cases in the province since March 30.

“Of course, we must not forget that this virus is impacting many people across the province.”

As of Wednesday, 6,106 Albertans have recovered from the virus.

43 people are in hospital, four of which are in the ICU.

Hinshaw also confirming two additional deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 141.

“As we lift restrictions, we must not forget that this virus can lead to serious outcomes and that it will be with us for many months to come,” Hinshaw said. “As summer approaches we must not forget that COVID-19 was and is a deadly disease.”

Hinshaw says during the peak of deaths related to COVID-19 in the month of April, the number of deaths was higher than lung cancer, road injuries, diabetes and suicide.

“The cumulative count so far this year for COVID-19 is higher than what would be expected for year to date global deaths for Malaria or homicides,” added Hinshaw.

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Following the new numbers, Hinshaw said health officials are currently developing guidelines that would make Edmonton a hub city for NHL playoffs.

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The guidelines would make sure that all the players, hockey staff, and media are staying safe and healthy during the event.

If Edmonton is given the green light, it will take place later this summer.

More information on the topic will be provided by the province at a later date.