By The Canadian Press on October 16, 2020.
EDMONTON – Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says the high hospitalization rate for COVID-19 in the province is partly due to outbreaks at those facilities.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw says three people have tested positive at a cardiology unit at Edmonton’s Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and another two people have contracted the virus south of the city at the Leduc Community Hospital.
Hinshaw says the rise in COVID-19 numbers in the Edmonton zone continues to be a concern, accounting for 54 per cent of active cases in Alberta.
She says Calgary is on the COVID-19 watch list with 686 active cases, which is 50.9 per 100,000 people.
Alberta is reporting 332 new cases provincewide and no new deaths.
The province has confirmed 21,775 cases since the pandemic began in March, 2,836 of which are active.
There are currently 117 people in hospital, 11 of them in intensive care.
Hinshaw is also urging people to get the flu shot this year to limit emergency visits and hospitalizations.