'Our current situation is grim': Alta. announces daily high for 2nd day in a row with 1,155 COVID-19 cases
EDMONTON -- Alberta broke its daily record high of cases for the second day in a row after its top doctor reported 1,155 infections Friday.
The record-breaking count increased active cases of the coronavirus to 10,655.
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“Our current situation is grim,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said as she reported 11 deaths — seven in the Edmonton zone.
“I continue to be concerned about the rise in these tragic outcomes of COVID-19. Severe outcomes are not limited just to those already at the very end of their lives and it is a mistake to think so. This week, two individuals in their 30s died as a result of this virus. While both had comorbidities, these were not on their own life threatening.”
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There are 310 Albertans in hospital, the highest count in the pandemic, including 58 people in ICU.
Alberta Health Services is working to increase capacity for COVID-19 patients, if needed, in the Edmonton and Calgary zones.
The province will update its COVID-19 database on Saturday and Sunday and Hinshaw will speak Monday afternoon.
“This weekend, I encourage everyone to abide by all public health measures. Even if you don't like them, even if they're inconvenient, or even if you don't agree with them,” she said.