Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the province is seeing a downward trend of COVID-19 cases, with fewer than 100 reported each day over the last week. Over the past seven days, the province recorded an average of 93 new cases a day. Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Albertans should be proud of the progress being made.
The majority of Alberta’s deaths are linked to continuing care, including 25 deaths at an ongoing outbreak at Edmonton’s Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre.
Hinshaw said Albertans aged 20-29 continue to be the largest age group contracting the virus, but the growth rate has slowed “a little” and they have fewer close contacts than before.
“We have come far since March, but the basic health measures required to limit the spread remain the same”.
It has been almost one week since both Calgary and Edmonton enacted mandatory mask bylaws for public buildings and transit, and active case numbers have been on a steady decline since July 29.
Two more people in Alberta have died due to COVID-19.
Hinshaw said numerous recent new cases have been linked to households and neighbourhood clusters. If you are planning on going out, make sure that you are feeling well before you head out and Hinshaw says to carry hand sanitizer with you.
Almost 8,000 tests were completed on Wednesday, bringing the total to approximately 735,000.
Hinshaw is also asking everyone to get a face mask if you do not already have one.
Hinshaw says there are 76 people in hospital with the virus in Alberta, with 19 in intensive care.