Coronavirus Canada updates: Alberta reports first inmate case

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Coronavirus Canada updates: Alberta reports first inmate case
Coronavirus Canada updates: Alberta reports first inmate case

One more person has died in Alberta after contracting COVID-19, increasing the province’s death toll to 115, according to chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

The recent victim was a woman in her 80s, who lived at a continuing care home in the Calgary zone.

“I struggle every day when reporting this number to not have it blend in as just another statistic,” said Hinshaw. “It may sound mundane at this point, as I’ve said it so many times, but every day I think of the friends and the families of those individuals who have died.”

Hinshaw also announced 81 new cases, raising the province’s total to 6,098. Among those patients are 4,020 who have fully recovered, an increase of 211 since Thursday’s update.

One of the new cases involves Alberta’s first inmate of a correctional facility to test positive for the respiratory virus. The individual is part of the Calgary Remand Centre, but Hinshaw said he was exposed to the virus before his arrival to the facility.

The individual was immediately placed in the remand centre’s quarantine unit, but started to experience symptoms on their second night.

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