Alberta surpasses 4,000 COVID-19 recoveries
EDMONTON -- The number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Alberta continued to climb on Friday as they surpassed the 4,000 mark.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, who reported 81 new cases of the disease in her daily update, says there are 4,020 recovered and 1,963 active cases.
A woman in her 80s in a Calgary Zone continuing care home died after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 115.
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"I struggle every day when reporting this number to not have it blend in as just another statistic," the chief medical officer of health said. "It may sound mundane at this point, as I've said it so many times, but every day I think of the friends and the families of those individuals who have died."
There are 80 people in hospital with 17 in intensive care.
"It is encouraging to see these numbers coming down from last week, because it means fewer people are experiencing severe outcomes from this virus."
Alberta Health Services conducted 3,232 tests in the past 24 hours.
FIRST CASE AT ALBERTA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
An inmate at the Calgary Remand Centre has tested positive for COVID-19, making it the first case at an Alberta correctional facility in this pandemic.
Hinshaw said the inmate was exposed to the virus before getting to the remand centre.
Upon arrival, the inmate was placed in the facility's quarantine unit with their cellmate, Hinshaw said. The individual reported symptoms on the second night and was then isolated with the other inmate and tested.
The two inmates remain in isolation, Hinshaw said, and the Calgary Remand Centre implemented outbreak processes to prevent more infections.
When possible, correctional facilities across the province are placing new inmates in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival during the pandemic to avoid an outbreak.
Continuing care facilities and meat-processing plants have had the largest COVID-19 outbreaks since the pandemic began.
There have been 678 cases at Alberta seniors' homes to date.
At Cargill Foods in High River, there are now 95 active cases of the virus, though 849 workers have made a recovery. JBS Food in Brooks has 96 active cases and 497 recoveries, and Harmony Beef has 21 active cases and 16 recoveries.
"The seriousness of these outbreaks is an important reminder that we must remain vigilant as we move towards stage one of Alberta's relaunch strategy," Hinshaw said.
remain vigilant as we move towards stage one of Alberta's relaunch strategy," Hinshaw said.
CAN YOU GO TO YOUR CABIN THIS SUMMER?
With warm weather in the forecast and long weekends on the horizon, Hinshaw is advising Albertans to be careful if they travel within the province.
Pack your own food, stop only for gas if necessary and follow each community's health guidelines, the chief medical officer of health said.
Hinshaw continues to advise against outside-of-province travel.