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“We are making progress, but are not where we need to be quite yet,” chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw tweeted Friday.
“It is my hope to see our numbers continue to decline next week, so we will all need to do our part. Let’s keep protecting each other. If we stay the course, there will be brighter days ahead.”
The positive milestone comes as Alberta reports 643 new cases of the virus Friday from 13,019 tests, representing a 4.9 per cent positivity rate.
It’s Alberta’s third consecutive day with a positivity rate below five per cent, a mark that had previously eluded the province since October. Rates remain consistently higher than the one to three per cent range seen during the summer and early fall, however.
Also Friday, Alberta reported 12 more deaths from COVID-19, including a woman in her 50s in the Alberta Health Services Central zone.
Three of those deaths were in the Calgary zone, including a woman in her 90s who was a resident of the Revera Scenic Acres Retirement Residence and a man in his 80s linked to an outbreak at Bethany Calgary, the city’s second-worst active outbreak, where 229 have fallen ill and 22 have died.
Continuing-care sites remain a leading area for COVID-19 mortality in Alberta. The other two of Calgary’s three most severe outbreaks are sites operated by AgeCare; the company’s Skypointe facility has logged 44 deaths and 345 cases, including 187 in residents, while its Walden Heights location has seen 26 deaths and 188 cases, with 111 in residents.