While 45 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the last 24 hours, the number of active cases in Alberta remains at 532.

In today's update. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, says 7,096 Albertans have now recovered and over 6,500 more tests were completed.

Thirty-seven people are hospitalized, six of whom are being treated in intensive care units.

There were no further deaths reported. The total number of deaths in the province is 153.

There remain no active cases in the Town of Cochrane and seven in Rocky View County. All nine people in Cochrane known to have battled the virus have recovered. 

In addition to Dr. Hinshaw's report, Health minister Tyler Shandro said the province is spending $10 million on voluntary serology testing for targeted groups for past exposure.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) will also make serology testing available for specific clinical purposes where testing can inform treatment decisions.

Serology testing is used to detect the presence of antibodies in a person’s blood, indicating that a person has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus in the past. This is different from the robust polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing already available to all Albertans, which is the most effective way to test if anyone currently has the virus.

Alberta is the first province in Canada to make this targeted serology testing available.

While updates are provided daily, the next situation update is scheduled for June 26.