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Alberta’s COVID-19 death toll decreases, 40 new cases found

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP

EDMONTON (660NEWS) — Alberta Health says two previously classified COVID-19 deaths were determined to be non-COVID related following a post-mortem examination.

The two involved were a woman in her 80s in the Calgary Zone who was a resident at Intercare Brentwood and woman in her 70s in the South Zone.

The death toll now sits at 149.

The province reported 40 new cases Thursday, after testing 7,131 people.

Active cases increased by eight to 379. The Calgary Zone currently has 204 active infections, while Edmonton has 140.

There are now 45 hospitalizations, six of those in ICU.

Siksika First Nation announced it has found its first on-reserve case of COVID-19. Four others who had links to the First Nation but didn’t live there had previously tested positive.

“Four of the five infected individuals were identified by testing carried out on Siksika Nation,” Chief Ouray Crowfoot said in a Facebook video Wednesday.

“Our health service team is working diligently to contain further spread and support all families who are affected.”

“This is a time to remain calm and patient. This is a time to remain strong and to continue to care and to be kind to one another,” he added.

Crowfoot emphasized that this is a time for passion and support, not blame.

The Siksika community health team has investigated nearly 500 individuals with possible COVID-19 infections and has followed up with 800 people who have been tested within the nation.

“Our public health team quickly follows up with all suspected individuals to support them and contain any spread.”

In Alberta, 6,788 people have recovered from COVID-19.