Alberta’s Dr. Hinshaw to provide COVID-19 update Monday afternoon

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health will provide an in-person update on the province’s COVID-19 situation on Monday afternoon.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m. The news conference will be streamed live in this story post.

Monday marked the start of new school-related restrictions in Alberta, with students in grades 7 to 12 shifting to at-home learning until winter break starts on Dec. 18. Students in kindergarten to grade 6 will remain in the classroom until winter break.

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After winter break ends on Jan. 3, all students in all grades will learn at home for one full week before returning to in-person schooling on Jan. 11.

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Monday’s update comes after a record-breaking weekend, which saw 1,608 new COVID-19 cases Sunday and a daily record of 1,731 cases Saturday. Fourteen deaths from the disease were reported over the weekend, bringing Alberta’s death toll to 533.

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As of Sunday afternoon’s update, there were 15,692 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, the majority of which were in the Edmonton zone at 7,230.

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There were 435 people in hospital with COVID-19, 95 of whom were being treated in intensive care.

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Hinshaw is slated to provide an in-person update on the COVID-19 situation every day this week.

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