Published: Sun, November 22, 2020
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Alberta considers more COVID-19 restrictions

Alberta considers more COVID-19 restrictions

Nine new deaths have been added over that time bringing the total to 471.

In the Edmonton Zone, a man in his 90s died whose case was linked to an outbreak at Laurel Heights Retirement Residence.

Three of the remaining deaths were in the Calgary Zone including a man in his 70s as well as a woman in her 60s whose death is linked to the Foothills outbreak and a man in 90s whose death is linked to the Carewest George Boyack outbreak. His case was linked to an outbreak at AgeCare Sunrise Gardens and a woman in her 20s from the South Zone also died.

The province has for weeks recorded the highest per-capita rate of new infections in Canada.

There are now 320 people in hospital (an increase of 10), and 56 of them in intensive care.

Testing is available by appointment only.

The surging numbers come a day after new federal modeling showed daily COVID-19 tallies could reach 20,000 nationwide if Canadians don't drastically limit their contacts in a bid to stop transmission.

The man was only recently taken into federal custody, and is being medically isolated and closely monitored by staff, according to a news release.

Among those areas is the fly-in community of Fond du Lac First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, which was reporting 63 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday - 55 of them active.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, says the government is still discussing whether such a sweeping rule would make sense in Alberta. "We must all do our part to bend the curve, prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed and prevent more restrictive measures from coming into effect".

Quebec reported 1,189 new cases on Saturday, raising its total number of confirmed cases to 130,888. The next in-person update from Hinshaw is expected Monday.

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