Alberta has seen a significant rise in coronavirus cases over the past four days.
Due to an update to the Province of Alberta’s website, the weekend’s coronavirus data came in on Tuesday during a press conference with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
She announced that there had been 2,269 newly detected cases of coronavirus since the last update at the end of last week, with 581 positive tests coming in on Friday, 525 on Saturday, 592 on Sunday, and 570 on Monday.
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Another 15 people died in Alberta as a result of the virus over the weekend, Hinshaw stated, and there are now 167 people in hospital, 27 of which in the ICU.
As a result of the weekend’s new cases outpacing recoveries, active cases have now reached 6,110 as of Tuesday, November 3.
This is twice the amount of active cases that Alberta had seen at its peak back in April when full lockdown was in place.
Hinshaw noted that the province would be keeping a close eye on if the new public health measures implemented last week had made a positive impact on the rise in cases, and if not, she said that stricter measures may have to be added.
“Within the next few days, we will start to see if the recent public health measures, including the limits on social gatherings in Edmonton and Calgary, are enough to reduce the rate of transmission,” she said during the press conference.
“If they are not, we must consider other options.”
As always, Albertans are encouraged to practice safe physical distancing, wear a mask when out in public, maintain proper hand hygiene, and stay home if they are feeling sick.