Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided a COVID 19 update for Friday, June 19.
- 6,961 Albertan's have recovered
- close to 9,000 tests were performed in the past 24 hours
- 46 new cases have been identified
- 39 people are in hospital with 6 in ICU
- no new deaths
- 512 active cases
On June 5, there were 339 active cases. Today there are 512 with many in the Edmonton and North zone. That is 173 more active cases than 2 weeks ago.
Health officials expected to see a slight increase during stage two when more Albertans began to interact in their communities.
But Hinshaw says there are some positive trends, as well.
- The hospitalization rate has gone down slightly in the past two weeks
- Most of the active cases in the province are from a known source which means that the spread can be stopped faster
- There are also now only 26 active cases in continuing care facilities with 708 recovered across the province
- No outbreaks or significant transmissions have been related to any outdoor activities so far
However, she pointed out some worrisome trends:
- AHS is continuing to identify active cases in all age groups
- Edmonton zone now has nearly as many active cases as Calgary zone
- Locations of new cases have shifted from continuing care environments to community settings such as workplaces and large gatherings such as funerals.
Hinshaw says it's clear this pandemic is far from over.
"We are not out of the woods yet, and will not be for quite some time. We must all remain vigilant in following the public health measures particularly when indoors or attending any group event. Stay two metres apart, wear a mask when you can't, get tested, and stay home when you are feeling ill."