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Three additional COVID-19 related deaths in Alberta, cases rise by 64

Last Updated Jun 8, 2020 at 5:20 pm MDT

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Three more Albertans have died from COVID-19 over the past 48 hours. All the deaths were in the Calgary area.

This comes as 64 new cases of the virus were announced during Monday’s provincial update. There are currently 355 active cases across Alberta, 198 of those are in the Calgary area.

There are 44 people in hospital, six of them are in the ICU.

An outbreak has been declared at the Sofina Foods processing facility in Edmonton.

Six cases were confirmed at the plant and all cases and close contacts are currently isolating. Site-wide employee testing has also been arranged.

“With AHS’ support the facility has moved swiftly to implement all outbreak protocols,” Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced Monday.

Hinshaw indicated these cases were part of a small jump of infections in Edmonton, some of which are related to ongoing spread from several social events from the past few weeks.

“There are two that I am aware of where distancing measures and mask-wearing when distancing wasn’t possible was not consistently applied,” Hinshaw said.

“The information that I have at this time is that one event had 10 cases, another had eight, and then from those two gatherings, again, it’s sort of that outward spread from those who attended.”

Edmonton currently has 92 active cases, an increase from 76 on Saturday.

Results from Asymptomatic testing in the province were released Monday, showing that out of 14,853 there were six who had the virus.

Alberta has completed nearly 300,000 COVID-19 tests.

There have been 6,698 recoveries.