Coronavirus Canada updates: Alberta once again reports a triple-digit case increase

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Nine more cases in Manitoba
Coronavirus Canada updates: Nine more cases in Manitoba

Alberta health officials have identified 105 new cases of COVID-19, which marks the second straight day that it has recorded triple-digits. Before the recent stretch it had surpassed 100 daily cases since May 1.

It’s also the sixth straight day that the province has recorded more than 80 cases. Before the recent stretch, it had not eclipsed the 80-case mark since May 10.

“One of the most significant areas of risk are social gatherings, especially where people are not following social distancing,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer earlier this week. “I’m concerned about reports of people that feel that public health measures are no longer important.”

The most recent cases were identified after Alberta health officials completed 6,479 tests for COVID-19, for a total of 566,972.

Among the province’s 9,219 total cases throughout the pandemic are 8,193 patients who have recovered, up by 51 since Thursday.

Two new deaths were also reported, involving a woman in her 80s linked to the Father Lacombe Nursing Home outbreak in Calgary and a woman in her 90s linked to the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre outbreak in Edmonton. The death toll now stands at 167.

There are now 859 active cases in the province, up by 52. The Calgary zone is home to 385 of those active cases (up by 23) and the Edmonton zone has 213 (down by four). Sixty-eight people are in hospital (down by one), which includes 13 in intensive care (up by five).

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