2 more deaths at continuing care facilities

COVID-19 deaths at continuing care facilities inched up to 50, two more from the day-ago report. The number represents 67% of the 75 total coronavirus-related fatalities in Alberta.

“I do not want this number of deaths to become just one more statistic. The same is true of all those in ICU and hospital, where numbers of those needing hospital treatment has increased over the past few days. These cases illustrate that infection with this virus has serious consequences for many people,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, in her daily briefing.

“Families are grieving those who have died. Other families are worried about loved ones in intensive care or hospital, with visitor restrictions causing separation on top of this worry. These are the reasons we cannot give up on our work to prevent spread. This virus can only be defeated by our collective efforts to protect each other.”

Cases at continuing care facilities have also gone up by 23 to 458. “Outbreaks in these facilities remain a major concern, which is why we expanded testing eligibility to include asymptomatic staff and residents in any facility with an outbreak,” Dr. Hinshaw said.

There have also been 472 health-care workers sick with COVID-19. A total of 291 have, so far, recovered, leaving 181 active cases.

Recovered cases province-wide have significantly improved at 1,664, up 115 from the last report. Total cases in Alberta are at 4,696 with 216 new cases confirmed in the past 24 hours.

The tally of cases in the North Zone, of which the Central Peace is a part, rose by 14 to 196.

Provincial total of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are at 87, with 20 in intensive care units.

Below is a breakdown, by health zones, of COVID-19 cases across the province.

  • 3,257 cases in the Calgary Zone – 69%
  • 643 cases in the South Zone – 14%
  • 484 cases in the Edmonton Zone – 10%
  • 196 cases (plus 14) in the North Zone – 4%
  • 84 cases in the Central Zone – 2%
  • 33 cases (investigation continues to identify health zones) – 1%