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COVID-19: Another record 1,155 new cases in Alberta as Hinshaw prepares ‘suite’ of recommendations to slow spread of virus


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A woman in her 60s and a man his 90s both died an outbreak at Grey Nuns Community Hospital, and a woman in her 90s died in the outbreak at Covenant Care Chateau Vitaline. Unconnected to an outbreak, a man in his 60s also died in the zone.

Provincial data shows of 81 per cent of Alberta’s active cases have an unknown source.

Alberta Health spokeswoman Zoe Cooper said in an email Friday because of “rapidly rising cases, the contact tracing system is backlogged” and the number will change as the work is completed.

Alberta Health Services expects to have 425 new contact tracers hired and on board by the end of the year.

NDP calls for Alberta to release statistical models

Federal modellingon the trajectory of COVID-19 released Friday show an expected sharp rise in cases in Canada and in Alberta to the end of the year.

Alberta NDP health critic David Shepherd called on the province Friday to release its own modelling.

“Clearly Dr. Tam is preparing COVID-19 models along with her colleagues across the country. Jason Kenney had to have known that this second wave was coming and surely he has access to local data that could tell us how bad it is going to get if we don’t take immediate action,” he said in a news release.

Cooper said Friday the provincial government is keeping Albertans informed about COVID-19 but there are no plans to update the provincial modelling.

“Should the Alberta government determine there would be a public health benefit to updating it, we’ll share it. While we look at different modelling to help us answer very specific questions, we know if we don’t follow public health measures, we will continue to see a rise in cases.”

More than 11,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Canada from 315,751 cases. Globally more than 1.3 million people died from the disease from more than 56 million cases.

— With files from Dustin Cook, Ashley Joannou, and The Canadian Press

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