Three new voluntary COVID-19 measures announced for Edmonton Zone as cases climb

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Alberta’s top doctor announced three new voluntary COVID-19 measures for the Edmonton Zone after 266 new cases were recorded in the area on Thursday.

The new measures include a limit of 15 people for all family and private gatherings, masks worn in all indoor work settings and a limit of no more than three cohorts.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the new measures are voluntary rather than mandatory because hospitals still have a sufficient number of beds and capacity.

“We know that transmission events have happened in the past one to two weeks are causing the cases we see today, and so we know that making this change today will not impact our case numbers for another one to two weeks, we will continue to see high numbers in the short term,” Hinshaw said.

“Right now, we’re making this voluntary to give Edmontonians the opportunity to turn this tide before it has a significant impact on acute care.”

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Editor’s note: The story has been updated to correct the number of new cases in the Edmonton Zone

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