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Five new deaths, 113 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta

Last Updated Sep 10, 2020 at 8:22 pm MDT

FILE - Packages of face masks on April 29, 2020. (PHOTO: Tony Fera, CityNews)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Alberta has confirmed 113 new cases of COVID-19 within the province as well as five new deaths.

The five people who died from the virus included a woman in her 50s and a man in his 70s in the north zone, a man in his 20s in the Edmonton zone, and a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80’s, both from the Calgary Zone.

The man who passed away in the Calgary zone is linked to the outbreak at All Colony Seniors Lodge.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the individual in their 20s who died did have a health condition.

“Any death at whatever age from COVID-19 or any other cause is of course a loss to family and friends and so whether an individual is in their twenties or older it’s always a loss and I again want to express my sympathies to family and friends, both of this individual and all those who we’ve lost to COVID-19,” Hinshaw said.

A total of 253 Albertans have died as a result of COVID-19.

 

A total of 9,711 tests were conducted in the last 25 hours, confirming 1,494 active cases of COVID-19 in the province.

That shows a fall of 91 active cases.

Of those cases still active, 43 are in hospital and seven are in ICU.

Health officials say they collected more than 23,000 test samples in the months before Alberta recorded its first official case of COVID-19 uncovering only a single ‘retrospective’ case.

This was from a sample collected on February 24, nine days before Alberta’s first detected case.

“The individual had returned from travel in the United States and was originally tested for influenza, not COVID-19, as Alberta had not yet expanded its testing criteria at that time. We did so just a few weeks later, the first province in Canada to broadly expand our travel testing approach,” Hinshaw said.

With any virus, including influenza and H1N1, only a fraction of the cases are detected by the health system often because people don’t seek treatment or experience symptoms so mild they are not aware they have the virus, added Hinshaw.

Samples were collected between December 1 and March 7.

 

 

Hinshaw also said Albertans can now receive their COVID-19 test results via text message or through an auto-dialler phone system.

Those who test positive will still receive a call from Alberta Health Services for follow-up and case management.

“If you opt-in to receive a text message, you can receive your test results any time, day or night, as soon as the lab result is available, parents and guardians will also now be able to consent to receive automated test results for dependents,” Hinshaw said.

“Each individual test result will be delivered by a separate call or text.”

Health officials also declared three outbreaks within schools.

The three schools are Henry Wise Wood High School in Calgary, St. Wilfrid Catholic School in Calgary, and Chinook High School in Lethbridge.

She says each school has two confirmed cases and that, overall, there have been 24 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within 21 schools.