In a Tuesday press conference, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that Alberta has seen 138 new known cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
This brings the province’s known total to 1,870.
She also stated that the province had seen two new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 48.
One of the deaths was at Calgary’s MacKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre, bringing the facility’s total coronavirus-related deaths to 21.
The other death was a resident at the Shepherd’s Care Foundation Kensington in Edmonton.
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A total of 914 Albertans have recovered from the virus, 37 more than yesterday.
Hinshaw also noted that on Monday the province would be opening testing to more Albertans, allowing for anyone with coronavirus symptoms to get tested.
“We are expanding eligibility for testing to anyone in Alberta who has a fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat,” she said at the earlier press conference.
“If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms, it is important to remember the critical first step: stay home if you are sick. Your next step should be to take the AHS online assessment form in order to arrange testing.”
Hinshaw stated that there is no need to call 811 if you fill out the AHS assessment, as you can arrange for a test through that form.
At the Tuesday conference, she stated that the increased availability of testing would likely result in higher case numbers over the coming days.