The number of active COVID 19 cases in Cochrane has dropped to five and Rocky View County remains at 34 active cases.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on Tuesday sighting the following numbers:
- There are 323 new cases in the past 24 hours after 13,000 tests were performed
- There are 116 people in hospital with 16 in ICU
- One more death has been reported
Alberta's top doctor says that the hospitalization rates are being watched closely and that the rise is concerning. She says the rise is due in part to increased community cases and hospital outbreaks.
Dr. Hinshaw said that there have been several incidents of large gatherings which have contributed to the increase in numbers including a wedding, a social party, and a workplace gathering. Dr. Hinshaw says, "COVID 19 really does love parties." She says that if you are planning any kind of social gathering is it critical make it small and ensure you follow all health protocols.
It was also announced that AHS will be, "Pressing pause on all asymptomatic testing in those that have no known exposure. This is an important and necessary step that will help us reduce testing wait times, get results to Albertan's, and limit the spread." Asymptomatic appointments that have already been made at pharmacies will be honoured until November 4th, but no new appointments will be made.