Coronavirus updates: Alberta reports its biggest increase in cases; Canada surpasses 40,000 cases

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Coronavirus updates: Alberta reports its biggest increase in cases; Canada surpasses 40,000 cases
Coronavirus updates: Alberta reports its biggest increase in cases; Canada surpasses 40,000 cases

Premier Jason Kenney announced 306 new cases of COVID-19, marking the biggest single day increase Alberta has reported since the start of the outbreak. It also brings Canada’s total case count to over 40,000.

There have also been five more deaths in the past 24 hours, increasing the province’s death to 66. The fatalities are among Alberta’s 3,401 total cases, which also includes 1,310 people who have recovered from the respiratory virus.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, reported Alberta’s first case on a First Nation, involving an individual on Sucker Creek First Nation, about 22 kilometres east of High Prairie. Their reason for transmission is believed to be close contact with another patient in High Prairie.

The outbreak at the Kearl Lake oilsands facility north of Fort McMurray continues, with there now being 32 linked cases. Twenty-five of the cases are in Alberta, including 10 workers who are in isolation at the camp. Five of the linked cases involve individuals in B.C., while one each is from Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.

The Cargill meat processing plant in High River now has 440 infections of COVID-19 among workers, while 580 cases are linked to the facility. JBS Foods near Brooks, Alta., another meat processing plant, has reported 96 cases. Hinshaw said there have been two more deaths in Brooks, but COVID-19 tests are still being completed to determine whether they died of the virus.

Among long-term care facilities, health officials have identified 375 cases and 44 deaths, according to Hinshaw. There are now 70 people in hospital, including 18 in intensive care. As of April 22, 108,521 people have been tested for COVID-19.

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