Alberta reported 277 new circumstances of COVID-19 Friday, serving to to push the variety of energetic circumstances within the Edmonton zone to a different file complete for the third straight day.
The capital area now has 1,329 circumstances, 79 greater than Thursday.
Edmonton’s surging case numbers are worrying sufficient that well being officers are urging residents to cut back their variety of contacts.
However Premier Jason Kenney is resisting Ontario’s lead in imposing powerful restrictions on companies and residents.
The new restrictions in Toronto, Peel Area and Ottawa bans indoor eating at eating places and bars and closes gyms, film theatres and casinos.
Kenney stated Friday his authorities will proceed to take a lighter strategy with regards to restrictions.
Alberta now has 2,225 energetic circumstances with 86 folks in hospital, 9 greater than Thursday, with 11 of these sufferers in intensive care.
Whereas one further loss of life was reported, two deaths beforehand reported as COVID-19-related have been decided to not have been so and faraway from the full loss of life depend, leaving it at 282.
The loss of life concerned a lady in her 80s and is linked to the outbreak on the Millwoods Shepherd’s Care centre in Edmonton.
The regional breakdown of energetic circumstances on Friday was:
- Edmonton zone: 1,329 up from 1,250 circumstances Thursday
- Calgary zone: 628 circumstances up from 604 circumstances
- North zone: 105 circumstances up from 97 circumstances
- South zone: 102 circumstances up from 92 circumstances
- Central zone: 50 circumstances up from 39 circumstances
- Unknown: 11 circumstances down from 14 circumstances
On Thursday, a file 25,383 exams had been accomplished bringing the full variety of accomplished exams to 1,498,064.
Alberta’s chief medical officer of well being launched new voluntary measures to gradual the unfold of COVID-19 in Edmonton Thursday because the province surged previous the all-time excessive of recorded new circumstances in in the future.
All personal and household social gatherings ought to be restricted to not more than 15 folks, moderately than the present 50 folks, Dr. Deena Hinshaw stated.
Masks ought to be worn in all indoor work settings besides when alone in work areas akin to cubicles or work areas the place staff could be safely distant from others, or the place an acceptable barrier is in place, she stated.
Lastly, she requested folks dwelling within the Edmonton zone to restrict the variety of their cohorts teams to a few — akin to household, college and a sport or social group.
Hinshaw will present her subsequent replace on Tuesday, after the Thanksgiving weekend.