Dr. Hinshaw shares COVID-19 update for October 13

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 16, 2020

While the province completed nearly 60,000 tests for COVID-19, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, expressed frustration that many people are not bothering to show up for their tests or cancel their appointments.

Hinshaw is scheduled to speak at 3:30 p.m.

Heading into the Thanksgiving long weekend Alberta had 2,225 active cases of COVID-19, including 50 in the Central zone.

Red Deer had 10 active cases as of Friday.

The region has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, however Premier Jason Kenney said Friday there are no plans to release new COVID-19 modelling as British Columbia and Ontario have done.

Starting Wednesday, all tests at those facilities will be by appointment only. "We will also reduce crowding in lines and help ensure everyone is tested as quickly and safely as possible", Hinshaw said.

Another frustrating trend, Hinshaw said, is the increasing number of people refusing to share information with contact tracers about where they could have been exposed to the virus.

The doctor said that she knows many people missed out on family gatherings this weekend and acknowledged all of the sacrifices everyone has made.

If we are not able to trace contacts and prevent the virus from spreading, the impacts will continue to grow.

Assessment centres are a high number of people not showing up for COVID-19 tests that they had booked, causing delays in available appointments for those who need them, she said at a news conference Tuesday.

She also noted that the Edmonton zone remains the hot spot in Alberta with 1,444 active cases, which is more than half of the active cases in the entire province.

Alberta has reported 20,956 cases and 286 deaths to date.

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