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Hinshaw announces 34 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Last Updated Jun 1, 2020 at 5:19 pm MDT

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EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — In her latest Alberta COVID-19 update, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 34 new cases in the province.

A total of 6,501 Albertans have recovered from the virus, while 400 cases remain active. Of the active cases, 53 are in hospital and 6 are in ICU.

In the last 24 hours, 2,709 tests were conducted.

There have been no additional deaths.

Health officials are monitoring a small outbreak caused by two family gatherings in the Edmonton Zone resulting in a slight increase in new cases.

“We know of 10 cases linked to these gatherings, but investigations are continuing to be underway, so we’ll see if there are more cases that are identified,” Hinshaw said Monday.

“Outbreaks such as this linked to social gatherings are not completely unexpected now that our gathering restrictions have been relaxed.”

Hinshaw encouraged everyone to continue to follow public health orders when attending a gathering.

“I would urge you not to share food or drinks with people outside your household or cohort family as this greatly increases the risk of infections,” she added.

“I know it may be difficult or even seem rude to ask guests to bring their own food and drink and not share it, but it is necessary. Outdoor gatherings have a lower risk than indoor gatherings, so if you are getting together with those outside your household or cohort family, stay outside if possible.”

Hinshaw commended the two groups for seeking testing as soon as they felt symptoms reminding everyone that it is critical to get tested even when showing minor symptoms.