Coronavirus Canada updates: Fewest daily cases in Alberta in almost three months

Two COVID-19 deaths, 189 new cases reported in Saskatchewan
Two COVID-19 deaths, 189 new cases reported in Saskatchewan

Alberta reported just seven cases in its latest 24-hour stretch, marking the smallest increase to its total since March 12.

Health officials were able to identify the cases after completing a record-high 6,455 tests in a day.

“Today’s numbers mark an occasion to be celebrated,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health. “This is in large part thanks to your efforts and sacrifices.”

Because of the continuing positive trends, Hinshaw said Albertans can expect an update on Saturday, which will allow for some hospital visits. People still won’t be allow to visit continuing care facilities, she said.

Since May 14, Alberta has been in Stage 1 of its relaunch plan. Officials have said they’re ahead of track, and that they’re planning on moving into their next phase earlier than expected because of the trends they’ve seen since easing restrictions for social gatherings and businesses.

Of the province’s now 7,098 cases, there are 6,624 people who have recovered, which is an increase of 87 since Thursday. Of its 328 active cases, 238 of them are located in the Calgary zone.

Across the province, there are 44 people in hospital (down by four), which includes six in intensive care.

Since the start of the pandemic, health officials have completed 281,979 tests for COVID-19. Alberta’s first case was identified March 5.

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