Alberta's total confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed by 162 and two more people have lost their lives to the virus.
There have now been 2,158 confirmed cases in the province. The number of recoveries remains at 914 due to lingering issues with the reporting technology.
"Late Tuesday night a power failure in our data centre caused a small electrical fire and unfortunately brought down our reporting system," says Dr. Deena Hinshaw. "Teams are working around the clock to restore all applications as quickly as possible."
Due to the outage, there is still no update in regards to location-specific cases.
A male in his 70's in the Calgary zone and a female in her 80's in the North zone, both who were residents at continuing care facilities, have passed away. COVID-19 has now claimed a total of 50 lives in Alberta, 32 of whom are linked to continuing care centres.
"I want to express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of these individuals," says Hinshaw. "The scale of this pandemic means we often talk in case numbers, but we must never forget that every case is a person. Every death is a tragedy for the people who love them."
Hinshaw has also provided an update on an outbreak identified at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
"Last week, seven staff members tested positive at the Foothills Medical Centre maternity ward," says Hinshaw. "As soon as tests came back positive, health officials took immediate action to limit the spread to staff and protect patients. No patients were affected and no new staff cases have been reported in the past week."
Hinshaw ensures that there is no increased risk to pregnant patients at the Foothills. "The maternity units continue to be a safe and appropriate place to deliver babies and receive care."
When positive cases are identified, Dr. Hinshaw says only specific individuals are at risk as COVID-19 is not airborne.
"If patients are at risk of being exposed, we will alert Albertans," Hinshaw says.
In the past 24 hours, 2,779 COVID-19 tests were completed and the number of confirmed cases is expected to rise as the province has expanded its testing protocols.
"We have not yet seen the peak of COVID-19 in Alberta," says Hinshaw.