Alberta had another record-breaking weekend for new COVID-19 cases.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw spoke at a livestreamed press conference on Monday to update the province on the current situation, stating that 1,733 new cases of COVID-19 had been detected on Saturday, November 29.
This results in a provincial positivity rate of around 8.4%, according to Hinshaw.
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Combined with detected cases on November 27 and 28, Alberta saw a total of 5,065 confirmed and probable cases over the past three days.
All three days saw a higher increase, individually, than any other day throughout the entirety of the pandemic.
“Like all Albertans, I am alarmed by the rising case numbers reported today and over the weekend. This is another reminder that COVID-19 has a long incubation period, meaning the actions we take today will not be seen until 10 to 14 days from now,” said Hinshaw during the press conference.
“I suspect that we will continue to see cases and hospitalizations rise over the next several days as we wait for the impact of the restrictions that were announced last week.”
As of November 30, Alberta has 453 people in hospital, 96 people in the ICU, and 16,454 known active cases of COVID-19.
541 people have died with the virus over the course of the pandemic, while 41,182 have recovered.
Hinshaw stressed the importance of following public health guidance over the coming weeks.
“Each of us must remain more vigilant than ever. We need to bend the curve and lower the number of active cases now to protect each other and the health system.”