Alberta just saw largest single-day rise in new coronavirus cases since May

Jul 16 2020, 3:28 pm

The Province of Alberta just detected 120 new coronavirus cases over the course of 24 hours.

According to new statistics from the provincial government, those 120 new cases have brought the total number to 9,114, with active cases sitting at 807.

This marks the largest single-day rise in cases that Alberta has seen since May 1, which saw 120 confirmed and 15 probable cases detected.

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Alberta has been seeing a slow increase in the number of new cases per day, as well as the number of active cases having reached a low in the mid-300s around the start of June.

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Province of Alberta

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw spoke to the alarming rise in cases on Tuesday, noting that the majority of new cases over the past few weeks have been in younger Albertans.

“Over the past two weeks, 780 new cases have been identified in the province, with 57% of these cases being under the age of 40,” she said.

“Of these, 30% have not yet been linked to any known source.”

The sunny weather and relaxed physical distancing protocols have led to crowded patios, bars, and parks throughout Alberta’s cities, and though public health measures are still in effect, Hinshaw noted her worries that they may not be being followed as strictly as they once were.

“This pandemic has been a long haul, and I worry that Albertans may be starting to tune the messages out. It can seem like old news and many are tired of hearing this information,” she had said on Tuesday.

“This is a reminder that COVID-19 can spread quickly, and cases can arise rapidly if we don’t all do our part.”

Alberta also saw two coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, five additional hospitalizations, and one more person in the ICU.

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