In a Wednesday press conference, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province has seen 315 new known cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
This brings the province’s known total to 5,165.
She noted that there have also been seven new deaths in the province, six of which were a result of the Clifton Manor care centre outbreak.
“I want to emphasize that this sad news is not a reflection of the work that has gone into managing the outbreak at the site, where my local colleagues tell me that the site responded promptly, created an isolation ward, and worked hard to prevent the spread,” Hinshaw said of Clifton Manor.
“Despite this, this shows the power of this virus in a closed environment. My sympathy goes out to the friends and families of these individuals, and all those who live and work at Clifton Manor and any other site that is experiencing and dealing with an outbreak right now.”
This brings Alberta’s total coronavirus-related deaths to 87.
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Hinshaw also stated that there are currently 503 active cases at continuing care centres throughout the province.
Staff members caring for isolated residents must now wear eye protection alongside their usual PPE, which includes wearing masks throughout the duration of their shifts.
Hinshaw noted that there have been 821 confirmed cases at the Cargill meat packing plant in High River, and 276 employees at the JBS meat plant in Brooks.
A total of 1,953 people have recovered from coronavirus in Alberta so far.