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Alberta COVID-19 recoveries hit 196, deaths 18 as Alberta crosses 1000 case mark

Above is the April 3 press conference with Premier Jason Kenney and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

by Morinville News Staff

COVID-19 cases in Alberta crossed the 1000 case mark on Friday. Alberta’s Premier Jason Kenney said there were 107 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total provincial cases to date to 1075. That number includes 196 Albertans who have recovered, an increase of 24 in the past 24 hours. The government believe 137 cases are suspected of being community-acquired.

Alberta’s infection rate is approximately 243 per million, higher than the global rate of 130 per million; however, Premier Kenney said many countries are not testing at Alberta’s rate.

Alberta continues to test large numbers of people each day. An additional 4864 Albertans were tested in the last 24 hours, bringing the total tests in the province to 61,960.

Deaths in Alberta are, Kenney says, four per million, just over half of the global rate of 7.5 per million.

The Premier said there were five more deaths in the past 24 hours bringing the total deaths in the province to 18. Dr. Deena Hinshaw said one of the five recent deaths was a woman in her 20s from Edmonton.

There are currently 39 people in hospital, 15 of those are admitted to intensive care units (ICU). To date, there have been 74 hospitalizations with 24 admissions to ICUs.

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Alberta Health is tracking nine outbreaks at continuing care facilities. To date, 88 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.

Local Numbers

Alberta Health’s geographical data for April 3 shows there are currently six cases of COVID-19 in Sturgeon County West, which includes Bon Accord and Morinville, as well as surrounding rural areas. That is unchanged from the previous day’s update. There are no cases of COVID-19 identified in Sturgeon County East. Those numbers also remain unchanged from the previous day. St. Albert currently has 22 cases as of Friday’s update.

Up-to-the-minute information on COVID-19 in Alberta is available at https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx?.

Local information on Morinville’s handling of the pandemic is online at http://morinville.ca/covid19.

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