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Alberta confirms 1,738 new cases of COVID-19, 18 additional deaths

Last Updated Dec 11, 2020 at 5:40 pm MST

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing an update from Edmonton on June 17, 2020, on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta) (Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – In the latest Alberta COVID-19 update, the province confirmed 1,738 new cases and 18 additional deaths.

A total of 684 Albertans have now died as a result of complications with COVID-19.

 

There are now 20,161 active cases of COVID-19 within the province, 684 of which are in hospital and 123 in ICU.

Of the new cases announced, 916 were from the Edmonton Zone, 297 were from the Calgary Zone, 154 were from the Central Zone, 95 were from the North Zone, and 67 were from the South Zone.

Currently, there are 458 schools within the province with active alerts or outbreaks: 293 with outbreaks, 123 on the watch list.

That means 19 per cent of schools in the province are on the list.

 

In her latest update, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced changes to the designated support and visitation guidelines for acute care facilities.

Starting Monday, only one person is allowed for each patient in ambulatory care, urgent care, emergency departments, maternity and postpartum and other in-patient areas.

Access will also be limited to two people for each patient in critical care, pediatric and neonatal intensive-care units.

“We know these restrictions will be difficult, especially during the holiday season, but they are needed to stop spread of the virus and to keep patients safe,” Hinshaw said.

New restrictions come into effect Sunday which including the closure of businesses, a ban on in-person dining, and a reduction in capacity for retailers.

Hinshaw said the measures are necessary to help bend the curve.

“We know these restrictions will be difficult, especially during the holiday season, but they are needed to stop the spread of the virus and to keep patients safe, she said.

“This weekend, please do not rush into malls or cram into businesses tomorrow before the restrictions kick in.”