4 lives lost even as active cases slip further

Four residents of continuing care facilities in Calgary, aged 70s-90s, have succumbed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reports.

Even as more lives have been lost, the continued downward trend across the province in active cases emerges as a piece of “good news” in the fight against COVID-19.

“We do know that older individuals are at higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19,” she said. “The average age of those who have died from COVID-19 is 82 years, which is why long-term care and other continuing care facilities remain a priority for both me and Alberta Health Services.”

Deaths in continuing care facilities now account for 98 of the 132 fatalities in Alberta.

Active cases have slipped further to 926 from 970 a day ago. The tally for active cases includes 59 hospitalized patients, of whom six are in intensive care units.

“While it is too early to see the full impact of the relaunch, so far our case numbers have held steady,” Dr. Hinshaw said.

Below is a breakdown, by health zones, of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta.

  • Calgary Zone – 744 active cases (minus 40)
  • South Zone – 97 active cases (minus 2)
  • Edmonton Zone – 61 active cases (plus 2)
  • North Zone – 16 active cases (minus 2)
  • Central Zone – 5 active cases (minus 1)
  • There are 3 active cases and 21 recovered cases in zones that are yet to be confirmed.