More than 600 new cases over long weekend as active Alberta COVID-19 cases at highest level in four months

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Two of those, said Hinshaw, occurred at the Good Samaritan Southgate in Edmonton where the two residents “had improved and were considered to have recovered,” before succumbing.

As of Tuesday, there were 47 outbreaks — clusters of five infections or more — throughout the province, including 16 in the Calgary zone.

That’s an increase of six from a week ago.

One of them involves seven infected staff members at Edmonton’s Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

“At this time, no risk has been identified to hotel guests,” said Hinshaw.

An increasing concern is the transmission of COVID-19 from people with mild symptoms who might not be taking their condition seriously enough, said Hinshaw.

“What is a mild, short-lived illness in one person can be life-risking for others,” she said.

While some provinces such as Ontario and B.C. are firming up some restrictions in the face of climbing case numbers, Hinshaw gave no indication that’ll happen here — for now.

“We haven’t seen to date a steep acceleration of cases, but we can turn the corner very quickly if we aren’t collectively able to change the patterns,” she said.

“Some of them really aren’t that amenable to formal restrictions, some of those like close contacts or how do we stop transmission from happening in households.”

She noted some places of worship have been involved in recent COVID-19 spreading since they were able to resume services in June.

“I will be meeting with faith leaders in the coming weeks to have a conversation of how important it is that . . . precautions are enforced by that leadership,” said Hinshaw.

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