Calgary Zone now under watch status as coronavirus cases rise

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

The Edmonton Zone - which includes the City of Edmonton and surrounding area - continues to see a surge in COVID-19 numbers as the region is home to 1,497 of the province's 2,738 active cases.

According to data from the Government of Alberta, there are now 2,738 cases in the entire province.

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.

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

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"We have recently seen several outbreaks in that city linked to social gatherings", Hinshaw said.

Alberta's top doctor will return for her twice-weekly update on the COVID-19 pandemic Friday afternoon. "As community transmission goes up, so too does the risk of introducing the virus into our acute care and continuing care facilities where our most vulnerable community members are". "So, we would anticipate seeing improvements in the next week or so, if the voluntary measures we put in place for Edmonton last week are having an impact", Hinshaw said.

Alberta has reported 21,775 cases and 288 deaths since March. As of Thursday, there were 101 people in hospital with the virus, 16 of whom were receiving treatment in intensive-care units.

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