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Hinshaw announces seven new cases of COVID-19 in the province, lowest since March

Last Updated Jun 5, 2020 at 7:26 pm MDT

EDMONTON (660NEWS) — Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed only seven new cases of COVID-19 within the province.

This marks the lowest daily numbers in the province since March 12, as well as the highest number of daily tests done with 6,455.

“Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated,” Hinshaw said during Friday’s COVID-19 update.

Out of the total amount of confirmed cases in the province, 6,624 have recovered and 328 remain active.

There are currently 44 people in hospital, six of those are in ICU.

Hinshaw thanked the public for their effort and sacrifice in pushing active cases downwards but continued to encourage people to go get tested as the province prepares to launch phase two of the economic relaunch.

“We must continue our basic prevention measures to keep numbers low,” she said.

“Although we can expect to see some fluctuations in new infractions and outbreaks, it’s possible for us to collectively keep our numbers stable.”

There are two key objectives for the pandemic response. The first is enhancing testing and monitoring the virus, while the second is protecting one another, Hinshaw said.

“Think about who you are protecting when you stay home if sick, when you wear a mask, when you keep two metres away from others and when you keep gatherings small.”

“We continue to all be in this together.”

As of Friday, Alberta completed 281,979 tests.

There were no new deaths attributed to the virus.