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Alberta records 961 new COVID-19 cases, four additional deaths

Last Updated Oct 14, 2020 at 6:55 am MST

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Over the past four days, Alberta identified 961 new COVID-19 cases in the province.

Four more people have died, raising the total of deaths to 286 since the pandemic began.

One of the deaths was a man in his 80s from the Calgary zone, tied to the outbreak at Foothills Hospital.

The other three deaths — women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s — are in the Edmonton zone, with two of them linked to continuing care facilities.

There were 236 cases on Friday, 259, on Saturday, 246, on Sunday, and 220 on Monday.

There are 2,615 active cases in the province, with 97 people in hospital and 13 in the ICU. Just over 18,000 people have recovered from the virus.

Active cases by zone:

  • Calgary zone: 754
  • Edmonton zone: 1,444
  • Central zone: 109
  • South zone: 160
  • North zone: 127
  • Unknown: 21

“I continue to be concerned by the rise in cases,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said Tuesday.

Hinshaw is becoming concerned over the high rate of Albertans not showing up to their COVID-19 testing appointments, resulting in delays to the system.

“Calgary saw a 14 per cent no show rate this weekend,” she said.”It is easy and convenient to change or cancel your testing appointment online, freeing up your spot for someone else.”

“Cold and flu season has begun, and as I’ve said before, we are seeing a rising number of people with COVID-like symptoms that increases our demand for testing.”

Another trend causing concern is an increase of people reluctant to share information with contact tracers.

“It is understandable that people are tired of COVID and angry at the ways their lives have been disrupted, unfortunately choosing not to work with contact tracers does not make that better, it makes it worse,” Hinshaw said.

“If we are not able to trace contacts and prevent the virus from spreading, the impacts will continue to grow.”

Hinshaw announced drop-in tests at AHS assessment centres will no longer be available, and people will have to schedule appointments to get in.