Province reports another 77 cases, one death from COVID-19

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Alberta Health Services completed another 8,440 tests in the past 24 hours. In total, they’ve completed 903,052 tests on 723,302 people.

There are 1,134 active cases in the province, including 340 in the Calgary zone; 608 in the Edmonton zone; 134 in the North zone; 27 in the Central zone; 20 in the South zone; and five in unknown locations.

During Monday’s press conference, Hinshaw said even though rural communities may not have as many cases as the province’s two major cities, some rural communities have high case rates compared to their population.

“I say this to make the point that it’s not limited to any one region in the province,” said Hinshaw.

“I encourage all Albertans to be respectful of smaller communities (when travelling out of the city) and take precautions to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19 or spreading it if we have been unknowingly exposed.”

The outbreaks in the Calgary zone include Peter Lougheed Centre, Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, Carewest Sarcee, Generations Calgary, Cargill Case Ready, Fledglings Educare Centre, Lilydale chicken processing plant and three separate private gatherings.

Hinshaw said the Peter Lougheed Centre had five active cases and Lilydale had increased to 11 cases and two recoveries.

Alberta has now confirmed 13,083 total cases, with 11,714 recoveries and 235 deaths. There are 46 currently hospitalizations, including seven intensive-care admissions.

The lone death reported Tuesday was a man in his 80s in the Edmonton zone. He was not connected to a continuing care facility.

The next live update from Hinshaw will be on Thursday.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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