The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Cochrane has risen by one to 48, and Rocky View County has dropped to 117 from 125. 

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, reported 1,307 new cases of the virus were identified in the last 24 hours.

She reported 10 more deaths, rising that total to 551 since the outbreak began in the spring.

She also emphasized that people should start planning for a completely different Christmas this year.

"I'm preparing Albertans to begin preparing for a much different holiday season, and to start thinking of creative ways to celebrate safely," said Hinshaw. "This is not going to be the year for in-person office parties, this is not going to be the year for open houses or large dinners with friends and extended families."

She says what COVID-19 measures will be in place in the latter part of December hasn't yet been determined. She expects the Alberta Government's cabinet will be announcing that decision within the next couple of weeks.

Hinshaw also encouraged those who have tested positive for the virus to get in touch with their family doctor, noting there are several ways these doctors can help, even if it's on a virtual basis.

She said 9-1-1 is available for emergency cases and said to make sure the operator is aware it involves a person identified as having COVID-19.