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Alberta reports no new COVID-19 cases in RMWB for seventh day

Last Updated May 8, 2020 at 5:17 pm MDT

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. THE CANADIAN PRESS/NIAID-RML via AP

Alberta report no new cases of COVID-19 in the RMWB.

There were no new cases of the virus in the region for the past seven days.

READ MORE: Six days of no new COVID-19 cases in RMWB

Fort McMurray has 22 total cases, including 18 recoveries.

Two cases from outside the urban service area also recovered.

The province reported 81 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, bringing the total to 6098, including 4020 recoveries.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, also reported a woman in her 80s in the Calgary Zone passed away from the virus.

To date, 115 Albertans died from COVID-19.

678 total cases come from continuing care facilities in Alberta.

When asked about daycares, Hinshaw said the guidance is in the works with Alberta Health Services for those facilities.

Select daycares in Alberta are open with for children of essential workers with space restrictions.

Alberta completed 3282 tests in the past 24 hours for a total of 177,559.

Hinshaw announced the lifting of some non-essential travel restrictions.

Albertans may now travel to summer homes and cottages within the province.

They should still consider local guidelines for health and safety in particular in smaller communities.

Hinshaw also recommended minimal stops when planning a trip by packing meals and snacks and stopping only when necessary.

She said Albertans should not travel outside the province.

Alberta suspects 692 cases are from community transmission.

More details to come…