Alberta reported 105 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the number of active cases in the province to 859.

This was the second day in a row that provincial numbers increased by triple digits. No updates were provided by AHS over the weekend.

In her last update, Dr. Hinshaw announced that restrictions around visits to continuing care facilities will be changing even though the number of confirmed cases of the virus are on the rise across the province.

In an effort to find a balance between keeping the province's most vulnerable safe and allowing them to connect with loved ones, Dr. Hinshaw announced an easing of restrictions.

Effective July 23, the province will be shifting from a "restricted access" at those facilities to a "safe access" approach.

This shift will allow each facility to create a local visitor policy which is specific to its site. 

The lastest update shows 68 COVID related hospitalizations across the province, and 13 Albertans are currently in intensive care units.

To date, 167 Albertans have died as a result of the virus and 8,193 people have recovered from COVID-19 across the province. 

There are now two active cases of COVID-19 in the Cochrane area.