26 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the last 24 hours in Alberta, while the number of active cases in Cochrane remains at zero.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health took the stage today to announce 7,191 Albertans have now recovered and over 6,300 more tests were completed in the past 24 hours.
One additional death was reported in the province, bringing the total to 154.
38 people are hospitalized, with eight of those patients being treated in intensive care units.
Dr. Hinshaw was concerned to learn of reports that people with symptoms are worried to get tested, to avoid being labeled as someone with COVID-19. "This is an important concern to address. We will only be successful in keeping COVID-19 spread manageable. If we are able to use evidence-based interventions, such as contact tracing and self-isolation of close contacts. I know that it can be uncomfortable to be in this position, whether you're a case or a close contact. I also know that by being tested and participating with public health follow up. This makes a difference and protects your community. If you were feeling ill, getting tested is the right thing to do, both for yourself and for those around you,"
The subject of celebrating Canada Day was also discussed “With Canada Day approaching, I want to remind all of us that COVID-19 is still very much a threat to Albertans, young and old. I know many people are tired of following health measures and physical distancing, particularly as the risk of severe outcomes is lower for those under 60 years of age. However, the lower risk does not mean there is no risk at all. In fact, the majority of active cases we have identified in recent weeks are in Albertans under the age of 40. At this time, the average age of COVID-19 infections in Alberta is 39. No one is immune.”
People are reminded to maintain six-feet of physical distance during your events, wear a mask, and wash your hands. If possible, it is also recommended to move your celebration outdoors.