332 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta, 117 people hospitalized

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 18, 2020

Calgary joins Edmonton in the province's watch list with a 50.9 case rate per 100,000 residents.

She warned upcoming months are expected to be hard as cold weather coincides with a second wave of COVID-19, but that Albertans would emerge on the other side.

This is a breaking news update.

"The recent outbreaks we have seen in hospitals are one of the reasons for the high hospitalization numbers that we are now seeing", Hinshaw said.

For the second time this month, Alberta did not report deaths connected to COVID-19 Friday.

Hinshaw said the rise in COVID-19 numbers in the Edmonton zone continues to be a concern, accounting for 54 per cent of active cases in Alberta.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador said three workers linked to the site recently returned to the province.

The capital region is home to 31 outbreaks, including the Millwoods Care Centre where 97 people have tested positive as of Thursday evening, and the Misericordia Hospital where there are 21 active cases.

There are 117 patients in hospitals across the province, with 11 of them in ICU.

"As our community transmission goes up, so too does the risk of introducing the virus into our acute care and continuing care facilities where our most vulnerable community members are", Hinshaw said during her COVID-19 briefing Friday.

"This is another reminder we all have a role to play in stopping the spread".

On Thursday, October 15, the City of Edmonton sent out a news release detailing some "new measures" they are imposing to "combat COVID-19".

North zone: 145 cases, up from 130 cases.

Central zone: 132 cases, up from 116 cases.

The total number of deaths remains at 288.

As of Friday, 200 schools have active alerts or outbreaks, involving 489 cases, Hinshaw said. Sixty-one schools have now seen in school transmission, with two-thirds of those resulting in only one new case.

Hinshaw also urged Albertans to get the flu shot to limit emergency visits and hospitalizations.

About 8,500 Albertans contracted the flu last winter, she said, and 41 people died.

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