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Recoveries from COVID-19 increase in Fort McMurray

Last Updated Jun 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm MDT

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. Despite a surge in demand due to COVID-19, many distress centres across Canada are dangerously close to folding thanks to major declines in both volunteers and revenue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML

Alberta reported two new cases and three recoveries from COVID-19 in Fort McMurray.

There are 15 active cases and 26 recovered cases in the urban service area.

11 active and three recovered cases of COVID-19 reside outside the urban service area.

On June 23, Alberta Health Services identified a staff member at the Rotary House Seniors Home tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, said officials that same day began testing the 30 residents living in the long-term care facility.

“At this point, there is no evidence that there has been spread of [the] virus within the facility. As a precaution, we offer treating to any resident and staff in an outbreak setting, so if there does happen to be an additional case we can pick it up as early as possible.”

She added that the testing is in addition to typical outbreak measures, which AHS already put in place.

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Across the province, there are 26 new cases and one additional death from the illness to bring the death toll to 154.

Coronavirus response

Hinshaw said the death is linked to the outbreak at Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital.

There are 506 active cases of COVID-19 with 38 Albertans in hospital, including eight in intensive care.

7191 cases recovered from the illness in Alberta.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced community pharmacies will provide COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic Albertans.

“Alberta is a world leader in testing, and this will further expand our capacity. By gradually expanding COVID-19 testing in community pharmacies, we continue to put safety first as we reopen the economy and get Albertans back to work. This is a key part of Alberta’s relaunch strategy and will help us continue protecting Albertans from this virus.”

He said the pilot project comprises of 20 pharmacies, mostly in Calgary and Edmonton zones.

Health officials completed 415,716 tests in Alberta.