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COVID-19 cases in Alberta trending downward

Last Updated May 21, 2020 at 5:47 pm MDT

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw providing provincial update on Mar. 31, 2020. (Screenshot taken from CityNews live stream)

Alberta also reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the RMWB for the seventh straight day.

There were no new cases of the virus in the region for 19 of 20 days.

There continues to be an active case in Fort McMurray, and another active case outside the urban service area.

A total of 23 cases in the RMWB recovered from COVID-19.

READ MORE: RMWB, Alberta flattening the curve of COVID-19

The Alberta government reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, bringing the total of active cases to 926.

5710 cases recovered from the virus in Alberta.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health said the number of new cases of COVID-19 continues to trend downward.

“While it is too early to see the full impact of the relaunch, so far our case numbers have held steady. A large part of this is thanks to you, and the sacrifices that you have made and continue to make.”

She thanked Albertans for following public health restrictions and guidelines such as physical distancing, staying home when sick, and practising good hygiene.

Four residents of long-term care facilities in the Calgary zone died of COVID-19 to bring that total to 132.

Hinshaw said the province will continue to monitor outbreaks of the virus in continuing care facilities.

59 Albertans are in hospital receiving treatment, including six in intensive care.

Alberta Health officials completed 4017 tests in the last 24 hours.

Hinshaw said the province’s capacity is around 7000 tests per day.

She attributed that to the global demand for equipment and supplies, including the need for swabs and reagent.

To date, 206,778 Albertans underwent testing for the virus.

More details to come…