Alberta reports new COVID-19 figures for RMWB

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Cypress County remains at six active cases, County of Forty Mile is at two recovered cases and the MD of Taber is at two recovered cases.

Dr Deena Hinshaw thanked workers for their round-the-clock work to fix the system.

As of Friday, there are 239 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta from yesterday, bringing the total to 2,397.

This is the new highest single-day case count since March 4, 2020.

Hinshaw noted that they had seen a rise in confirmed cases since opening testing to all Albertans who display symptoms, as the Province of Alberta expected to happen.

Premier Jason Kenney said there are no new deaths from the virus, and 1124 cases recovered.

Hinshaw said 400 of the total cases are suspected to be from community transmission from an unknown source.

In the last 24 hours, 3,381 tests for COVID-19 were completed.

As of Thursday, Alberta had recorded 50 fatalities connected to the virus.

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There have been at least 214 coronavirus cases at long-term care facilities across Alberta, including 32 deaths.

Gil McGowan, the president of the Alberta Federation of Labour, wrote to the province on Thursday expressing concern that the close quarters of oilsands work sites and camps could lead to oilsands workers becoming "super spreaders as they fly back to their home communities across the country" and asking there be a conversation about not using fly-in workers or re-evaluating what constitutes essential work. But she said there have been no new cases since, and no patients have been affected.

In the coming days, testing will be done on all residents and staff in continuing care facilities that are experiencing outbreaks, whether they have symptoms or not.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, says one of the victims was a resident in the Manoir du Lac retirement home in northern Alberta and the other was in a care centre in High River. Kenney said that is part of the government's relaunch strategy that also includes "a very strong policy to build a wall of defence around out most vulnerable seniors, in particular those in continuing care facilities".

"Alberta Health Services continues to work closely with the company to implement outbreak procedures at the site and to minimize any risk of transmission", said Hinshaw.

"I know that people who have loved ones in long-term care and continuing-care facilities are concerned about the risk of infection at these sites", Hinshaw said.

This week, Alberta Health Services (AHS) began testing anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms, Kenney said, as well as those with symptoms in long-term care facilities, where many outbreaks have been discovered.

Wednesday's AHS update also provided details on a COVID-19 outbreak at a meat processing facility plant in High River.

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