COVID-19 Update: Alberta ‘estimates’ 500 new cases | More than 200 cases linked to care home | Shoppers brave lines for Boxing Day deals

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However, the drop in detected infections is the result of fewer Albertans getting tested for the virus over Christmas, according to the province’s top doctor.

“Please note: fewer people were tested Dec. 25 so fewer tests were processed and reported on Dec. 26,” Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Twitter Sunday.

The estimated 500 new cases came from about 6,900 tests, representing about a 7.2 per cent positivity rate — the highest reported in Alberta in more than a week.

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Saturday

‘I feel helpless’: AgeCare Skypointe now linked to more than 200 COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths

AgeCare Skypointe nursing home was photographed on Saturday, December 26, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
AgeCare Skypointe nursing home was photographed on Saturday, December 26, 2020. Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia

Family members of Calgarians with dementia say they feel helpless amid a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected more than 200 residents and staff members at a northeast supportive-living facility.

According to an update from AgeCare Skypointe sent to family members Friday, 113 residents of the facility have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus, with 30 considered having tested positive more than two weeks ago. Sixteen of those residents have died from the virus.

As well, 88 staff members at the site have tested positive for COVID-19, with 48 considered to have recovered.

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Saturday

Boxing Day sales bring customers to stores even during pandemic

People stand in line to enter the Beacon Hill Best Buy on Boxing Day on Saturday, December 26, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
People stand in line to enter the Beacon Hill Best Buy on Boxing Day on Saturday, December 26, 2020. Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Postmedia

As Uday Peddakotla waited in line outside the Best Buy in Beacon Hill on Saturday morning, he said he felt confident that health precautions being taken by customers and staff would justify his venture out to the store in search of Boxing Day deals.

Peddakotla had planned to buy a vacuum cleaner and air fryer, but said shopping in person at the northwest location was simply more advantageous that searching for the right price online, even as COVID-19 has turned the annual commercial holiday upside-down in 2020.

“I mean, you get more choice to select,” he said, adding it’s just not the same trying to choose what to buy when you can only “see it in a system.”

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Saturday

Ontario confirms two cases of COVID-19 variant first discovered in UK

FILE – Travellers wear masks at Pearson airport arrivals, shortly after Toronto Public Health received notification of Canada’s first presumptive confirmed case of coronavirus, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada January 25, 2020.

Ontario on Saturday confirmed its two first cases of a variant of COVID-19 first identified in the United Kingdom, marking the first time the more contagious strain had been detected in Canada.

The province’s associate chief medical officer of health said in a news release that the cases are a couple from Durham Region, just east of Toronto, with no known travel history, exposure or high-risk contacts.

“Durham Region Health Department has conducted case and contact investigation and Ontario is working in collaboration with our federal counterparts at the Public Health Agency of Canada,” Dr. Barbara Yaffe said in a statement.

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Saturday

Estimates suggest cases dropping as hospitalizations climb

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