Alberta reports 111 new COVID-19 cases, one new death

Alberta reported 111 new COVID-19 cases Friday and one new death from the disease.

There are 1,444 active cases in the province.

Forty-one people are in hospital, including six in intensive care.

The number of people who have died from the disease in the province remains at 253, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, told a news conference.

One death previously attributed to COVID-19 has since been determined not to be related, Hinshaw said.

Here is the active case breakdown as of Friday:

  • Edmonton zone: 580
  • Calgary zone: 560
  • North zone: 213
  • Central zone: 45
  • South zone: 38
  • Unknown: 8

Hinshaw said 29 Alberta schools have reported COVID-19 cases, with a total of 32 infected individuals.

“These schools are not a risk to their communities, and those still attending are not at greater risk of exposure,” she said. “Anyone potentially exposed has been contacted and is self-isolating.”

Hinshaw said the province’s restrictions on singing and wind instruments are being modified in light of new evidence about how the virus is transmitted.

“The arts play an important role in schools and in our emotional well-being and the restrictions have been hard for many,” she said.

“We had originally severely limited indoor singing and use of wind instruments as there was some evidence indicating that they may pose unique risks of transmitting COVID-19.

“After reviewing the spread of the virus and measures in place in other jurisdictions, we have seen emerging evidence that these activities can be done safely, if rigorous and proper precautions are in place.

“We have therefore updated our approach to allow Albertans to enjoy these experiences safely while keeping measures in place to limit transmission.”

However, singing by audience members is still not allowed and congregational singing in churches is discouraged, Hinshaw said. 

On Thursday, Hinshaw reported 113 new cases and five more COVID-19 deaths.

Drop-in testing in Edmonton

Starting Saturday, drop-in COVID-19 testing within Edmonton will only be offered at the new central assessment centre, in Hall A of the Expo Centre, 7515 118th Ave.

Drop-in testing will no longer be offered at the Edmonton south assessment centre after Friday, Alberta Health Services said in a news release. That facility will remain open for testing by appointment only, AHS said.

Testing can be booked online by visiting www.ahs.ca/covid. People without internet access can call 811 to book an appointment.

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