Calgary put on watch as Alberta reports 332 COVID-19 cases, sets hospitalization record

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The Edmonton region continues to fuel much of the growth in COVID-19 case counts in Alberta, housing 54 per cent of all active infections.

Hinshaw announced voluntary measures for Edmonton last week in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus, including limiting all gatherings to no more than 15 people. The impacts of those measures are expected to be reflected in data in the next week, she said.

The doctor stressed that all Albertans can and should follow best practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19, including mask use and social distancing.

“We must all take precautions to limit the virus’s spread to our friends, families and loved ones,” Hinshaw said.

There are now 2,836 active COVID-19 cases across Alberta, up from 2,738. It’s the most active infections in the province since May 2. No new deaths from the coronavirus were reported Friday, leaving Alberta’s toll at 288.

Hospitalizations record set in Alberta

A record number of Albertans are now in hospital with COVID-19.

There are now 117 Albertans fighting the novel coronavirus in hospitals, well above the province’s April peak of 89 hospitalizations and the July peak of 93. The count includes 11 people receiving care in intensive-care units.

Hinshaw said climbing hospitalization rates are partially the result of outbreaks at Alberta hospitals. There are 11 patients linked with the Foothills Medical Centre outbreaks currently in hospital, while 18 patients at Edmonton’s Misericordia Community Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19. Two new cases at Foothills were announced Friday: one in a patient, and one in a health-care worker.

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