Alberta reports two new deaths, 216 more COVID-19 cases

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The total number of confirmed cases recorded in Alberta now sits at 4,696, with at least 489 of those cases suspected to be community-acquired.

Katherine Chubbs, South Zone chief officer of health, said almost 1,000 asymptomatic people came through the community testing facility with another 200 symptomatic individuals tested at the Brooks Health Centre on Monday alone.

He said the government and public health officials will be closely watching several measures including: the number of hospitalizations; the number of intensive care admissions; and the rate of growth of COVID-19 cases, including confirmed cases as a percentage of testing.

There have been 12 cases of COVID-19 in Sturgeon County, with two active and 10 recovered. The case is being investigated.

Alberta is reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths. It will be with us for many months and spreads rapidly through social interactions, such as the bonspiel in Alberta.

On Tuesday, 82 people were in hospital with the illness, 21 of them in ICU beds.

"I've heard your disappointment and anger about summer events", said Hinshaw.

There are now 83 Albertans in the hospital, of which 20 have been admitted to intensive care units. "These are the reasons we can not give up on our work to prevent spread".

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In addition, Bearspaw First Nation has confirmed an outbreak in Eden Valley of around 15 cases, with one case at Morley.

Elsewhere in the RMWB there are two active cases and two recoveries.

Though Albertans may be exhausted of self-isolation and physical distancing, the province's top doctors says the COVID-19 case numbers show the province is not yet in a place where restrictions can be lifted on a large scale.

There are now 458 detected cases at the province's continuing care centres, which have been hit hard by outbreaks and coronavirus-related deaths.

The Calgary Drop-In Centre, meanwhile, said that two people who had been sheltering at its main site tested positive on Sunday and it would start testing all staff and clients to catch spread early.

She said that, as long as you are not sick or a close contact of a confirmed case, you are still allowed to go out, see friends, and enjoy the sunshine.

On her Twitter page Monday, Hinshaw took the opportunity to publicly thank volunteers who have stepped up to support their community.

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