COVID-19: Alberta boosting contact tracing team amid surge of infections; 82 new cases, two more deaths Wednesday

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The City of Edmonton continues to be on the province’s watch list as it has an active case rate of more than 50 per 100,000 people. To date, the city’s rate is 55.9, with a total of 571 active cases.

By comparison, Toronto has 274 active cases – 9.3 per 100,000 people.

Mayor Don Iveson told reporters Wednesday he was concerned with the rising cases in the city, echoing Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw in saying that this was a wake-up call for Edmonton.

“It’s disappointing because our performance has been so good up until this point,” he said. “I think perhaps a false sense of security has built up. There’s still a concerning rise in community transmission, especially from social gatherings where people are not observing the public hygiene requirements. That has led to an alarming increase in cases.”

Iveson said Edmontonians need to redouble their efforts to keep people safe and ensure the economy remains open.

Alberta continues to have the highest rate of active cases in the country at 25 per 100,000 residents. Quebec’s rate is 16 and Ontario’s is seven.

Meanwhile, every health zone in the province saw a decrease in the number of active cases from Tuesday.

The Calgary Zone reported 294, South Zone 33 and North Zone 103. The biggest decrease was in the Central Zone, which went from 87 to 40 on Wednesday.

Forty-eight people are in hospital, with 12 in intensive care. To date, the province has completed more than 846,000 tests, with more than 9,000 administered on Tuesday.

In Canada, there have been 123,490 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9,049 deaths, according to the federal government. Globally, there have been 21.2 million confirmed cases and 761,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization’s weekly report.

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