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Edmontonians being asked to reduce cohorts as COVID-19 cases spike

Edmontonians being asked to reduce cohorts as COVID-19 cases spike”

The city of Edmonton itself also recorded a record total case increases of 226 and saw its active case count grow by a record 132 cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw will speak during a news conference scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

"We must take action to slow the virus' spread in the zone and make sure the health system can continue supporting Albertans with COVID-19, influenza and many other needs". And Edmontonians should limit their cohorts to three groups at most: their household, their school and no more than one sport or social group.

"We have seen several workplace outbreaks where there seems to be this misconception of workers being in a cohort with each other simply because they work in the same office or the same building and we want to be really, really clear that is not the case", said Hinshaw.

"While these measures are voluntary, I live and work in Edmonton, and I believe people will look out for one another", she said.

In the AHS Edmonton zone, active cases rose by 47 per cent in the past week. Hinshaw added the positivity rate has increased to four per cent.

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"All parts of the Edmonton Zone are being impacted by the rising spread of the virus, either directly or indirectly", Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw says there are now two new outbreaks in two units at Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton, where 10 cases have been confirmed.

Earlier this week, the recommended size of family and private social gatherings was 50 people.

Alberta reported two more deaths Thursday, both linked to the outbreak at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. Five residents have died and one staff member has recovered.

This brings the total number of cases for the province to 19,718, and marks the highest daily increase that Alberta has seen in the entirety of the pandemic.

There are now seven people across the AHS North Zone in hospitals, though none of whom require intensive care.

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