Dr. Hinshaw to provide update on COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday afternoon

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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. As of Wednesday, the city’s rate was 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 Hinshaw’s Tuesday comments 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.”

Meanwhile, the province is hiring an additional 140 contact tracers over the next several week. Alberta Health Services (AHS) spokesperson Kerry Williamson said contact tracing for each new case of COVID-19 has become “increasingly complex” because Albertans are visiting more people and places.

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