Published: Sun, October 18, 2020
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Alberta reports 332 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Alberta reports 332 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said three people have tested positive at a cardiology unit at Edmonton's Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and another two people have contracted the virus south of the city at the Leduc Community Hospital.

The number of active cases in the province is now 2,836 up from 2,738 on Thursday.

Alberta reported 332 new cases provincewide Friday, and no new deaths.

High hospitalization rates for COVID-19 are partly due to recent outbreaks at those facilities, Alberta's chief medical officer of health said as she warned of case numbers spiking in the province's two largest cities. Dr.

Alberta's chief medical officer of health said Calgary is shifting to the "watch list" with 686 active cases in the city.

Hinshaw is not recommending restrictions to the Calgary zone right now but said she's is in contact with local officials and monitoring the spread.

Alberta has 2856 active cases, 288 deaths, and 18,223 recoveries of COVID-19.

Alberta reported an outbreak of COVID-19 at Canadian Natural Resources' Horizon site.

Of the 117 patients now in hospital due to COVID-19, 40 are in the Calgary Zone and 63 are in the Edmonton Zone. "The fewer people you have, the lower the risk of exposure or transmission".

Calgary zone: 820 cases, up from 788 cases Thursday.

Central zone: 132 cases, up from 116 cases. Ninety-one of them are under outbreak, including 22 under the watch category.

The province has confirmed 21,775 cases since the pandemic began in March, 2,836 of which are active.

There are now 200 active alerts or outbreaks in schools across the province, totalling 489 COVID-19 cases.

Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunizations is encouraging all Canadians over the age of six months to get a flu shot, saying vaccination is one of the most effective preventive measures you can take to avoid getting sick.

"We can't yet prevent COVID-19 with a vaccine, but we can help stop the flu from taxing our health system", said Hinshaw.

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