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One additional COVID-19 related death, 20 new cases in Alberta

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing daily COVID-19 update on June 3, 2020. (Photo taken from Citynews livestream)

EDMONTON (660NEWS) — Alberta reported one additional death related to COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the number of fatalities to 151.

The person who died was a resident in the South Zone.

On Monday, there were 440 active cases, 31 of those are currently in hospital, seven of whom are in the ICU.

Alberta found 20 new illnesses with the number of active cases in Edmonton continuing to rise almost meeting the number of infections in Calgary.

Edmonton currently holds 175 active cases, while Calgary has 214.

“Two-thirds of these active cases are linked to having close contact with a case of COVID-19 or being part of an outbreak,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said Monday.

One-third of the active cases remain under investigation, she added.

Hinshaw pointed to social gatherings where people are maintaining distancing measures or wearing masks as the pattern behind the rise.

“I want to reiterate that the people who are part of the active case number list are doing the right thing by being tested and staying home to stop further spread,” she said.

The success of Alberta’s relaunch plan is anchored in everyone doing their part to prevent spread, Hinshaw added.

Last week, over 11,000 asymptomatic Albertans were tested for COVID-19 with only four of those coming back positive.

“I want to thank all those who have participated in this testing and I encourage more people to go for testing this week,” Hinshaw said.

“Testing broadly helps us understand where COVID may be circulating in the province.”

Alberta has conducted more than 343,000 tests since the start of the pandemic.