Active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta are, yet again, higher than they’ve ever been.
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw spoke at a press conference on Monday afternoon, revealing the updated case numbers from the past 24 hours.
According to Hinshaw, there were 860 new cases seen over the past day, the result of just over 12,000 tests, resulting in a provincial positivity rate of around 7%.
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These new cases contributed to active cases reaching 10,031 as of Monday, November 16.
There are currently 264 hospitalizations as a result of COVID-19, with 57 of those patients in the ICU.
Hinshaw also noted that there is a new outbreak at a unit of the Queen Elizabeth the Second Hospital in Grand Prairie with two healthcare workers and one patient testing positive for COVID-19.
Hinshaw also stated that 20 people with coronavirus died in Alberta over the past 24 hours.
“These are not just numbers, these are people,” she said.
“As our cases rise, our deaths will rise. Every time I speak about deaths I offer condolences because each one of these people will be missed and mourned. The measures in place right now are literally a matter of life and death, and the choices Albertans are making right now will determine our future in a few weeks.”