Spike in Alberta's Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Due to Testing Backlog

On Wednesday, Alberta reported 117 new cases of COVID-19, the largest one day jump to date ...

With the Wednesday's new numbers, Alberta's total of confirmed cases of the virus jumped to 871.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, says the spike in numbers is due to increased test numbers after a cleared backlog.

Alberta's total number of completed tests jumped up 4,449 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of test to over 53,000 with about 2% of those confirming positive cases within the province.

There are now 57 confirmed cases in the Central Zone, up from 51 on March 31st.  

There are two confirmed cases in the Vegreville/Minburn County region and two in the Vermilion River County region.

Meantime, Tofield reported its second confirmed case on Wednesday while there are still no confirmed cases in Lamont County, the County of Two Hills or in Viking.

Confirmed cases in Sherwood Park jumped from 11 to 14 Cases on Wednesday while Strathcona County, excluding Sherwood Park, is reporting three cases.

Premier Jason Kenney joined Dr. Hinshaw at the podium on Wednesday to share the news that Alberta also recorded two additional COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 11.

He says it's been a difficult week for his province and cautions it will get worse.

On a positive note, Wednesday's daily briefing also acknowledged that, so far, 142 Albertans had recovered completely, up from 120 on Tuesday. 


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