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Fort McMurray tops 30 active COVID-19 cases for second time in three days

Last Updated Sep 3, 2020 at 7:39 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, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, gray, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NIAID-RML via AP

The province reported four new cases of COVID-19 in Fort McMurray for 31 active cases.

This is the second time the province reported more than 30 active cases in the urban service area in three days.

Fort McMurray also had one recovery from the illness in the last 24 hours for a total of 148 recoveries in the RMWB.

Outside the urban service area, there is one active and 60 resolved cases of COVID-19.

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Across Alberta, there are 130 new cases, no deaths, and 118 recovered cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The province has 1415 active cases, 242 deaths, and 12,653 resolved cases of the illness.

46 Albertans are currently in hospital receiving treatment, including nine in intensive care.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, outlined changes for casinos, racing entertainment centres, and continuing care facilities.

The order does not come into effect for another two weeks to give staff time to make changes.

When asked about adults working from home, Hinshaw said both the employer and employee should decide together.

“It depends on the context of the job, whether the employer is able to keep employees continuing to work from home. That’s something that has to be worked out to be the right decision for the employer and the organization, as well as what’s right for the employee.”

To date, Alberta health officials conducted a total of 994,289 tests.

Hinshaw will provide a live update on COVID-19 response on Sept. 4, 2020.