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Alberta records 276 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, 1 additional death

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Alberta recorded 276 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and one additional death related to the disease.

The person who died was a woman in her 70s in the Calgary zone, according to Alberta Health.

The Edmonton zone surpassed 1,000 active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, with 1,063 active cases, an all-time high for active cases in the region. Of the 1,063 active cases in the zone, 966 are within the Edmonton city limits.

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On Monday, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health voiced her concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the Edmonton zone.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said if the numbers continue to rise, additional health measures may be put in place.

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Of the 1,900 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta Tuesday, 645 were in the Calgary zone, 99 were in the North zone, 61 were in the South zone, 26 were in the Central zone and six were not linked to any particular zone.

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There were 61 people being treated in hospital for COVID-19 Tuesday, 13 of whom were in intensive care.

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Since the pandemic was declared in March, 19,211 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Alberta and 281 people have died. As of Tuesday afternoon, 17,030 people had recovered from COVID-19.

Foothills Medical Centre outbreaks update

Seven units at the Foothills Medical Centre were still dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks as of Tuesday, according to Alberta Health Services.

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No new patient or staff cases were reported on Tuesday, and no new visitors had contracted the illness. A total of 311 health-care workers have had to isolate and monitor for symptoms since the outbreak was first announced on Sept. 19.

The total number of deaths linked to the outbreaks remained at eight.

No additional surgeries have been rescheduled outside the 45 that were cancelled last Monday and Tuesday.

Officials are still working to determine how the outbreaks started, and how the virus spread through the hospital.