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Alberta records 285 new cases of COVID-19, 3 additional deaths over the weekend

A health-care worker prepares a swab at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Editor’s note: One day after this story was published, Alberta Health said a data system upgrade over the weekend resulted in duplicate reporting of 74 cases of Friday, Aug. 14. As a result, the number of cases of COVID-19 recorded on Friday, Aug. 14 was 103 not 177 as originally reported by Alberta Health. This story has been updated with the correct information. 

Alberta recorded 285 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional deaths related to the disease over the last three days.

Alberta Health said Monday that 103 cases of the coronavirus were identified Friday, 86 Saturday and 96 Sunday. Those numbers come from a total of 10,886 tests completed Friday, 8,663 tests completed Saturday and 8,691 tests done on Sunday.

The three people who died were a man in his 80s in the North zone, a man in his 60s in the South zone and a man in his 60s from the Calgary zone, according to Alberta Health. None of the deceased were related to continuing care centres, the province said.

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The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta sat at 1,132 on Monday. That’s up from 1,036 active cases in the province as of Friday afternoon.

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Of the active cases Monday, more than half were located in the Edmonton zone — 593.

The city of Edmonton was also added to the province’s “watch” list. If a local municipal district has 50 active cases per 100,000 population with at least 10 active cases, it is moved into the watch category.

The “watch” status means the province is monitoring the risk and discussing with local governments and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures.

As of Monday afternoon, Edmonton had 534 active cases of COVID-19 and an active case rate of 52.3 per 100,000.

Five individual Edmonton neighbourhoods were also on the “watch” list as of Monday afternoon, including Edmonton – Castle Downs, Edmonton – Eastwood, Edmonton – NE, Edmonton – Northgate and Edmonton – Woodcroft East.

Of the remaining active cases in Alberta, 300 were in the Calgary zone, 85 were in the Central zone, 42 were in the South zone, 102 were in the North zone and 10 were not tied to any particular zone.

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Read more: Edmonton zone has more active COVID-19 cases than any other zone in Alberta

In total, 224 people have died of COVID-19 in Alberta to date.

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Edmonton zone has more active COVID-19 cases than any other zone in Alberta – Aug 13, 2020

Read more: Alberta reports another death linked to COVID-19 along with 84 new cases Friday

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to hold an in-person update on COVID-19 on Tuesday.

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