Edmonton Zone makes up more than half of Alberta’s COVID-19 active cases

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The refinery is less than 10 kilometres east of Edmonton.

Sobeys announced in a news release that an employee at the Safeway at 8720 156 St. tested positive on Wednesday. The staff member last worked on Aug. 13.

As well, Federated Co-operatives Limited announced in a release that an employee from the Grocery People Warehouse Market tested positive on Wednesday. The employee last worked on Aug. 14 and was asymptomatic.

Ron Healey, vice-president of agriculture and consumer business at Federated Co-operatives Limited, said in the release the employee is self-isolating and the market has been clean and sanitized since learning about the positive test.

“We’ve been working closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure we’re following or exceeding their requirements for cleaning and sanitization,” Healey said. “We’re confident that the health and safety measures that we’ve put in place at all our facilities will help prevent any further exposure.”

Also, Real Canadian Superstore reported two employees tested positive in the Edmonton area. On Aug. 18, an employee working at the 101 St. Albert Trail location tested positive. The employee last worked on Aug. 10. The following day another positive test came back for an employee at the 4410 17 Street location in Edmonton. The employee last worked on Aug. 14.

Meanwhile, the North Zone reported 10 new cases from Thursday, bringing the total to 110. Central Zone, 30, and South Zone, 28, all had minor decreases. Calgary Zone remains at 294. Six cases are currently unknown.

Forty-three people are in hospital, nine of which are in intensive care. The province completed more than 9,800 tests on Thursday, bringing the total to more than 865,000.

In Canada, there have been 124,138 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9,060 deaths, according to the Canadian Press. 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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