Alberta has seen a recent rise in new COVID-19 cases, and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is concerned about the province’s younger population.
At a pandemic update on Tuesday, July 14, Hinshaw stated that Alberta had seen 86 new cases of the virus over the past 24 hours, with 55 in hospital, 13 in the ICU, and a new region, Wheatland County, added to the watch list.
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Three other regions are also currently under a watch status, meaning that they are being monitored closely for any additional spikes in new cases.
Hinshaw stated that she, along with Premier Jason Kenney, is “concerned with the rise in cases we are seeing.”
“Also of concern is the younger age of people infected with the virus,” she stated.
“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. Of these, 30% have not yet been linked to any known source.”
Hinshaw reiterated the importance of abiding by public health measures, such as washing hands regularly and maintaining a distance of six feet with those outside your household, but she also noted her worry that these reminders may be falling on deaf ears.
“Much of the public advice that we have been providing, including regularly washing your hands and physical distancing, has been repeated for months now,” she said.
“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.”
“This is a reminder that COVID-19 can spread quickly, and cases can arise rapidly if we don’t all do our part.”