Above is the April 15 press briefing from the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw, scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
by Morinville News Staff
As AHS continued its expanded testing in the province over the last 24 hours, Alberta added another 126 COVID-19 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to-date provincial cases to 1996.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw said today’s numbers are preliminary as an overnight data outage has impacted the province’s ability to get full numbers from the lab. As such, no information is available on the number of recoveries, which were 914 as of Tuesday, or local numbers on positive and recovered cases.
There were no additional deaths in the past 24 hours. Deaths in Alberta stand at 48 or 2.4% of the total cases to date.
With expanded testing open to all Albertans with symptoms, the province has conducted 85,502 tests on 82,534 people to date, approximately 1900 per day. In the past 24 hours, Alberta did 2853 tests of which 4.4% tested positive. To date, positive tests are approximately 2.4% of the total tests conducted.
Hinshaw said there is a new COVID-19 outbreak at the Kearl Lake oilsands project north of Fort McMurray. Three workers have tested positive for COVID-19, and six others were tested and are in isolation.
There are currently 44 people in the hospital, 10 of whom are now in intensive care units (ICU). Hospitalizations are the same as Tuesday; however, ICU numbers are four lower than Tuesday.
“They [hospitalizations] are well below numbers presented in AHS modelling that we presented a week ago,” Premier Jason Kenney said during Wednesday’s briefing.
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.
Please note: Morinville News is not able to provide details on number of cases in specific municipalities as that information is not being provided by AHS unless it occurs in a specific facility.