Alberta reports 1,565 active COVID-19 cases as death toll reaches 258

Alberta reported two more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday and 150 new cases of the respiratory illness.

Across the province there were 1,565 active cases, an increase of 106 from the day before.

The regional breakdown of active cases was:

  • Edmonton zone: 820, up 73 from the day before.
  • Calgary zone: 485, up 23 from the day before.
  • North zone: 188, up seven from the day before.
  • South zone: 41, down four from the day before.
  • Central zone: 24, up four from the day before.
  • Unknown: seven, up three from the day before.

The most recent deaths reported were a man in his 90s from the Edmonton zone, who was not in continuing care, and a man in his 80s from the Calgary zone, linked to the outbreak at Wentworth Manor.

COVID-19 has now killed 258 people in the province since the beginning of the pandemic in early March.

Hospitalization numbers remained unchanged from the previous day, with 51 people being treated in hospital, nine of them in ICU beds.

Highlands School in Edmonton joined Vimy Ridge in Edmonton and St. Wilfrid in Calgary on the watch list, meaning those schools have outbreaks of five or more cases.

New outbreaks of two to four cases were reported at four Edmonton schools — Holy Trinity, Austin O’Brien, Parkview School and Ecole Pere-Lacombe — and at Holy Trinity High School in Fort McMurray.

There are now outbreaks of two to four cases at 22 Alberta schools.

An outbreak has also been declared in one unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. According to Alberta Health Services, the outbreak involves three healthcare workers. At-risk patients in the unit have been tested and no positive COVID-19 cases have been identified among patients.

AHS did not identify which health unit was affected, but did say outbreak control measures have been implemented, which means visitation is restricted to end-of-life situations until further notice.

An outbreak at Foothills hospital in Calgary has seen two patients die and 14 others test positive for COVID-19 along with six staff members.

A total of 88 staff members are now in isolation, Alberta Health Services said Tuesday. But the hospital remains fully staffed as it uses overtime and reassignments to cover shifts as needed.

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