Alberta ends drop-in coronavirus testing as active cases spike

Henrietta Strickland
October 16, 2020

Hinshaw is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m.

Overall, Alberta reported 961 new cases of COVID-19 over the Thanksgiving long weekend.

With 41 active cases at a rate of 55.6 per 100,000, the city pushed past the threshold of 50 cases per 100,000.

"By shifting to a provincewide appointment process, we will make on-site testing quicker and more efficient", Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw said the province has seen an increase in acute care admissions, primarily linked to COVID-19 outbreaks at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary and the Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton.

The City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge County have both been placed under COVID watch by Alberta Health Services, it was announced Tuesday. "We will also reduce crowding in lines and help ensure that everyone is tested as quickly and safely as possible".

"Contact tracers are reporting that an increasing number of people are reluctant to share information about where they may have been exposed to the virus, where they have been while infectious, and who they've been in contact with".

Priority testing is going to anyone showing symptoms of coronavirus, close contacts of confirmed spaces, and workers or residents of specific outbreaks sites, the release states.

She said we need to work together to prevent the onward spread, even though it seems like COVID-19 has "been around for years".

The long weekend break came after a week where a record was set for the highest number of new cases in a day in the province and where the number of active cases surged in the Edmonton zone, putting the capital region at a "critical juncture", according Alberta's chief medical officer of health.

So far, 286 Albertans have died of COVID-19.

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