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COVID-19 cases remain steady in county

COVID-19 cases remain steady in county”

That means since Sunday, July 19, two people recovered from the virus and one new case arose.

Alberta was successful in flattening the curve early on in the pandemic, and was among the first jurisdictions to begin reopening businesses.

"This needs to be a wake-up call", Dr. Hinshaw says.

Calgary remains the hotspot in the province with 666 active cases, with Edmonton the second highest at 232 active cases.

There are 1293 active cases, 176 deaths, and 8506 recovered cases.

Case numbers released Thursday represent trends and behaviour over the past two weeks, reminded Hinshaw, meaning increased numbers are likely to continue for a couple of weeks. Today we have almost 1,300.

Hinshaw said one out of every 50 diagnosed cases between the ages of 30 and 39 have needed to be admitted to hospital while one out of every 10 diagnosed cases of those between the ages of 70 and 79 have died. "I'm very concerned by these numbers". Two weeks ago we had seven Albertans in the ICU.

Of those cases, 102 people were in hospital with 18 in intensive care. Of the 106 people who are hospitalized, 24 are under the age of 60.

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"The risk of death does not seem to be much different when comparing those living in continuing care versus those living in the community", said Hinshaw.

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. For those over 80, one in every four is dead.

"This is also a reminder that severe outcomes are not limited to the elderly".

"We're all still at risk of catching the infection and passing the virus to others".

COVID-19 is a serious illness and it is concerning to see the number of active cases continue to rise in the province.

She added that even among people who recover from COVID-19, there is emerging evidence of long-term damage, such as a higher risk of diabetes and permanent lung damage. "This is not something to take lightly". "It is not an optional suggestion that can be disregarded when inconvenient". Edmonton city council were reconvened on Thursday afternoon for an urgent meeting to debate whether to make masks mandatory indoor public spaces. Edmonton moved to make masks mandatory on public transit and city-owned buildings, effective on the same day.

To quote Premier Kenney, "Let's do our best to show care for others- That's the Alberta way".

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