Alberta adds 332 cases of COVID-19, Calgary added to watch list

Henrietta Strickland
October 17, 2020

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will give an update on case counts for the novel coronavirus, which have risen sharply over the past two weeks.

Hinshaw also noted that Alberta now sits at a provincial positivity rate of 2.24% for all coronavirus tests that have been administered. "We need all Edmontonians to adhere to the health precautions and practise them daily to prevent COVID-19 case numbers from increasing any further", said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin.

"Today, the City of Calgary is shifting onto the watch list". First, please limit all family and private social gatherings to a maximum of 15 people.

Hinshaw confirmed the outbreak at Edmonton's Mazankowski Heart Institute and announced an outbreak at the Leduc Community Hospital where two patients tested positive for the coronavirus.

Of the 117 patients now in hospital due to COVID-19, 40 are in the Calgary Zone and 63 are in the Edmonton Zone.

Alberta hospitals were treating 101 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, one below the province's record of 102 patients, which was set earlier this week.

"As our community transmission goes up, so too does the risk of introducing the virus into our acute care and continue care facilities where our most vulnerable community members are".

A total of 288 Albertans have died as a result of the virus, although no new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

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