Alberta reports 332 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

Henrietta Brewer
October 18, 2020

Calgary is now under a COVID-19 watch after an increase in the number of active cases in the city Friday.

"The recent outbreaks we have seen in hospitals are one of the reasons for the high hospitalization numbers that we are now seeing", Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, said during Friday's COVID-19 update.

Across Alberta, there are 332 new cases and no new deaths linked to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

This is a breaking news update.

As for Edmonton, Hinshaw continues to be concerned about the capital region's COVID-19 spread and asks Edmontonians to follow her voluntary restrictions this weekend to stop transmission.

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador said three workers linked to the site recently returned to the province. "But we are working with local partners to monitor the situation closely".

There are now 2,836 active cases in Alberta.

Of the 117 patients now in hospital due to COVID-19, 40 are in the Calgary Zone and 63 are in the Edmonton Zone.

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

Unknown: 12 cases, down from 16 cases.

The total number of deaths remains at 288. Eight patients and two staff were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Across the region, there are 22 active cases, one death, and 349 recovered cases of the infection.

Hinshaw also encouraged Albertans to get their flu vaccination shots.

"The more that we can avoid influenza-related tests, emergency visits and hospitalizations, the stronger our system will be to support those with COVID-19 and all other health needs".

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

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