Calgary police, CEMA provide update on COVID-19 response

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Alberta reported 34 new cases and 14 recoveries of COVID-19 in Wood Buffalo in the last 24 hours.

Saturday was the 10th consecutive day in which Alberta has reported more than 1,000 new cases of the deadly novel coronavirus, which has now killed 524 Albertans after five additional deaths were reported. Starland County remains with four and the County of Stettler is up two for a total of six active cases.

The COVID-19 death toll in the province stands at 500.

Alberta's chief medical officer of health, dealing with rocketing COVID-19 case numbers, is criticizing a member of her inner circle for leaking confidential information to the media.

The story references discussions in which Hinshaw and Premier Jason Kenney's government have been at odds on some aspects of policy.

Hinshaw did not detail which recommendations to the cabinet were not accepted. According to the provincial guidelines, you can get fined $1,000 for breaking gathering restrictions.

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There were also questions about AHS and available ICU beds.

Going into Monday's press conference, 95 out of the 435 patients in hospital are receiving treatment in intensive-care units.

When asked about this figure, she said that number changed in recent days, but did not have an exact number of ICU beds now available.

Currently, 89 Alberta schools are on the watch list.

The restrictions implemented on Tuesday include a ban of all indoor social gatherings, which the province has stated account for approximately 40 per cent of all COVID-19 cases in the province, the highest identified setting of spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Hinshaw will provide another update on November 26, 2020.

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