Hinshaw, Province Concerned Over Climbing COVID-19 Cases in 'Congregate Settings'

Screenshot of Thursday's Alberta Government Update on COVID-19

Alberta is reporting 96 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in the province to 968 cases ...

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Health Officer, also reported on Thursday that two men in their 90s had died, bringing the total number of deaths in Alberta to 13.

Hinshaw notes that the outbreak has spread to nine continuing care centres around the province.

She says it has become clear the province must do more to protect those in congregate settings, like continue care centres and shelters.

Meantime, Hinshaw confirmed on Thursday that 32 patients had recovered from the virus, bringing the total to 174.

She says while she can’t say for certain when the current virus mitigation measures may be eased, Albertans need to be aware that it will be a while before life can totally get back to normal.

Here in the Central Zone, there were two new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number to 59.

The Vegreville/Minburn County region remains at two cases as does Tofield and the Vermilion River County Region.

Meantime, there are still no reported cases in Lamont County, the County of Two Hills or Viking.

Strathcona County, excluding Sherwood Park, jumped up from three to six confirmed cases on Thursday while the number of cases in Sherwood Park continues to rise, now at 15.

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