Calgary Zone now under watch status as coronavirus cases rise

Dr. Deena Hinshaw to provide update on COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday afternoon

At her Tuesday update, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the increase in hospitalizations is being driven by the outbreak at the Misericordia as well as an outbreak at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

Alberta reported 332 new cases provincewide Friday, and no new deaths.

Hinshaw also noted that Alberta now sits at a provincial positivity rate of 2.24% for all coronavirus tests that have been administered.

"We need all Edmontonians to adhere to the health precautions and practise them daily to prevent COVID-19 case numbers from increasing any further", said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin.

"The recent outbreaks we have seen in hospitals are one of the reasons for the high hospitalization numbers that we are now seeing", Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, said during Friday's COVID-19 update.

There are 117 patients in hospitals across the province, with 11 of them in ICU.

The total number of deaths in the province remains at 288.

As for Edmonton, Hinshaw continues to be concerned about the capital region's COVID-19 spread and asks Edmontonians to follow her voluntary restrictions this weekend to stop transmission.

"It takes about two weeks between actions and outcomes so we would anticipate seeing in the next week or so if the voluntary measures we put in place for Edmonton last week are having an impact", Hinshaw said a news conference. "But we are working with local partners to monitor the situation closely".

Hinshaw also urged Albertans to get the flu shot to limit emergency visits and hospitalizations.

For the second time this month, Alberta did not report deaths connected to COVID-19 Friday. "It is vital that we all protect ourselves from influenza".



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