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27 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed as Alberta pushes up Phase 2 start date

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WATCH ABOVE: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces details of the province’s Stage 2 relaunch on June 12. – Jun 9, 2020

On the same day Premier Jason Kenney announced Alberta would be moving ahead with Phase 2 of its relaunch sooner than expected, the province confirmed an additional 27 new cases of COVID-19.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 46 people in Alberta hospitals with COVID-19 and six of those people were in the ICU.

Lower than expected hospitalizations are one of the factors Kenney pointed to that he said allowed Alberta to introduce Phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan sooner than expected.

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There have been two additional COVID-19 deaths since Monday, Alberta Health said Tuesday. That brings Alberta’s total number of COVID-19 deaths to 151.

As of Tuesday, there were 356 active cases of COVID-19 in the province and 6,272 people have recovered.

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Edmonton is seeing a bit of a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, there were 112 active cases in the Edmonton zone.

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To date, Alberta has completed 303,689 COVID-19 tests.

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Dr. Hinshaw discusses Stage 2 of the Alberta relaunch – Jun 9, 2020

When Kenney and Alberta’s chief medical officer of health announced Tuesday that the province was moving ahead with Phase 2 of its reopening plan, they said it would include some activities that weren’t expected to be included until Phase 3.

“We have made it to Stage 2 earlier than expected because we remained vigilant,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said.

Stage 2 will begin on Friday.

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The province also announced Alberta campgrounds would be opening at full capacity.

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Kenney announces campgrounds will open at full capacity as part of Stage 2 – Jun 9, 2020