UCP, Hinshaw defend comments by Edmonton doctor on school re-entry

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Harrison Fleming, a spokesman for the premier’s office, said Hinshaw’s remarks confirmed “the medical science behind (the article) is sound.”

“While it’s unsurprising that the Notley NDP continue their campaign to politicize the COVID-19 response, it’s deeply disappointing to see them attack the informed work of the Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine,” Fleming said in an email.

Calgary cases declining in recent weeks

The province reported 103 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 12,604 infections in Alberta since the pandemic began.

There are 1,084 active cases of the virus throughout Alberta, including 294 in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone, which extends north to Didsbury, east to Gleichen, south to Claresholm and west to the Rocky Mountain parks.

One new death from a coronavirus infection, that of a woman in her 80s from the North zone, was also reported, raising the province’s fatality toll to 228.

The province tested close to 9,300 people for COVID-19 since Wednesday’s update, meaning around 1.1 per cent of those tests produced positive results.

A total of 11,292 people have recovered from the virus in Alberta.

Across the province, 43 people infected by COVID-19 remain in hospital, including 12 in intensive care.

The Edmonton zone continues to lead the province in active cases with 622.

Hinshaw noted that Calgary’s case numbers have continued declining in recent weeks. She attributed new infections across Alberta to social gatherings, as well as household and worksite transmissions.

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