Alberta reports 898 new cases of COVID-19, 4 additional deaths since Friday

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Alberta reported 898 new cases of COVID-19 over the past three days and four additional deaths from the disease.

Alberta recorded 311 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, 231 on Saturday and 356 on Sunday, according to Alberta Health.

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Four people have died since the data was last released by Alberta Health on Friday, including a man in his 20s from the Central zone. Alberta Health officials did not release any further information about the man or whether he had pre-existing health conditions, citing patient confidentiality.

A man in his 80s from the South zone and a man in his 70s from the Calgary zone also died of COVID-19. Neither were linked to continuing-care outbreaks, Alberta Health said.

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The fourth victim was a man in his 80s from the Calgary zone, whom Alberta Health said was linked to the outbreak at the Foothills Medical Centre. Twelve people have died in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak at the hospital, Alberta Health said Monday.

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As of Monday afternoon, there were 3,138 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Of the active cases, 1,604 were in the Edmonton zone, 998 were in the Calgary zone, 180 were in the North zone, 148 were in the Central zone, 191 were in the South zone and 17 were not linked to any particular zone.

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One-hundred-seventeen people were in hospital with COVID-19 on Monday, 18 of whom were being treated in intensive care.

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On Monday, Canada surpassed 200,000 total cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.

1 more death linked to Foothills hospital outbreaks

Another patient has died of COVID-19 linked to the coronavirus outbreaks at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre, bringing the death toll to 12 as of Monday, according to Alberta Health Services.

AHS said one more patient on the cardiac unit was also confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 connected to the outbreaks.

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As of Monday, AHS said 80 per cent of the 318 health-care workers who had to quarantine after potentially being exposed to COVID-19 were able to return to work, as long as they haven’t tested positive for the illness and aren’t symptomatic.

One of transition unit at the hospital was taken off the outbreak watch list Monday. Four units remained in outbreak status and two were under a watch.

AHS said it was moving away from daily updates on the Foothills outbreaks, and the next numbers update will be on Wednesday.


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