Alberta reported a spike in new coronavirus cases Friday, announcing 158 new known infections were discovered in the last 24 hours.
This brings Alberta’s active case count to 1,185, the highest it’s been all week.
Nobody else died from the virus though, leaving the province’s death toll at 237.
Alberta has now seen 13,476 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, and 12,054 of them are considered recovered.
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In her last media briefing on Thursday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Alberta Health Services staff are working tirelessly to get people their coronavirus test results more quickly.
Hinshaw suggested Albertans sign up for an account with MyHealth Records, an online service where they’ll be able to see their coronavirus test result as soon as it’s available.
Anyone over the age of 14 can make their own account, and it’s also useful for viewing medication history and vaccination records, Hinshaw said.
She also reminded residents of Alberta not to stigmatize those who have come down with coronavirus infections, as that could drive the pandemic underground and be counterproductive to slowing transmission.
“Treat each other with compassion,” she said. “We must respond to COVID not with anger and fear but with compassion.”