Alberta registers 64 new COVID-19 cases, three deaths in last 48 hours
EDMONTON -- Alberta counted 64 new cases of COVID-19 after conducting more than 10,000 tests since Saturday's update.
The latest data brings the active case count to 355, with 44 people in hospital, including six in ICUs.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, also reported three new deaths as a result of the coronavirus.
There have been 7,202 cases of COVID-19 and 149 deaths since the pandemic started.
Alberta Health Services has now conducted more than 300,000 tests.
Since May 12, the province has tested nearly 15,000 asymptomatic Albertans with no contact or known exposure to COVID-19 cases, and only six of them tested positive for the virus.
Alberta Health is monitoring a number of outbreaks in Edmonton in recent days.
On Monday, Hinshaw said six people tested positive at the Sofina Foods processing facility in Edmonton. The workers, and their close contacts, are isolating.
All employees are also being tested for COVID-19.
"These cases are part of a small jump in COVID numbers in Edmonton, some of which are related to ongoing spread from several social events where transmission happened over the past few weeks," Hinshaw said. "With the slowdown in cases in Alberta, I know it has been tempting to believe that we can relax all precautions. Unfortunately this is not the case. It is critical that we continue to take steps to protect our communities."
In addition, Hinshaw encourages the approximately 15,000 people that attended the anti-racism rally at the Alberta legislature Friday night to get tested for COVID-19, even if they're not showing symptoms.
"The freedom of protest is a critical one and yet we face a challenge in this time of pandemic to do so without risking super spreader events," Hinshaw said.
The chief medical officer of health says she reached out to organizers with an invitation to discuss how they can plan safer protests with a fewer risk of transmission.
Hinshaw said she will release more details on Stage 2 later this week.