Coronavirus Canada update: Alberta reaches 50 deaths related to COVID-19

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Coronavirus Canada update: Alberta reaches 50 deaths related to COVID-19
Coronavirus Canada update: Alberta reaches 50 deaths related to COVID-19

Two more people have died in Alberta, bringing the province’s death toll to 50.

The victims include a man in his 70s from the Calgary zone, who was a resident at a long-term care centre in High River. The second involves a woman in her 80s from the province’s north zone, who lived at Manoir Du Lac care home. She is the fifth resident from the facility to die of COVID-19.

Along with the deaths, health officials have identified 162 new cases of COVID-19, increasing their case count to 2,158. It marks their biggest one day spike in cases since the start of the outbreak.

“We have not yet seen the peak of COVID-19 in Alberta,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health.

Among their total diagnoses are 914 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus. There also remains three people who have tested positive at the Kearl Lake oilsands facility north of Fort McMurray. Hinshaw said that two of them have left and one remains on site, while all three are believed to have common exposure.

As of April 16, health officials in Alberta have administered 85,502 tests.

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