EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — As the province and entire world continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, there was some good news in Wednesday’s update.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the curve in Alberta has essentially been flattened.
“We have, I think, flattened the curve in general across the province and some locations are more flat than others,” Hinshaw said.
“We did see steep increases related to some of the outbreaks that have been happening in Calgary and South zone and some of that transmission is tapering off.”
In total, Alberta reported 70 new cases and six additional deaths related to the virus in Wednesday’s update.
In addition to the total amount of cases growing close to 6,000. The province has also had 3,552 recoveries.
Outbreaks at several food-processing facilities across Alberta also saw an increase of cases, but Hinshaw said opening up people who could get a test made it easier for the province to identify and slow the spread.
“I would say that last week many of the cases that we were seeing, were driven by that expanded testing and that focus on outbreak settings. So, I think we can take the reduction in the number of cases cautiously as good news, we certainly want to see that.
“But I think we’re still watching really closely because we know that depending on the setting even a few cases can spread quickly to others if there are groups gathered together where prevention measures are not being taken,” Hinshaw said.
As the province prepares itself for potentially starting Phase 1 of its relaunch strategy on May 14, Hinshaw said one key factor is needed in order to reach that stage.
“We really need to be seeing that our cases are stable or declining, our hospitalizations particularly.”