CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta is reporting a new single-day record 1,336 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as well as nine additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.
This comes one day after Alberta recorded the previous single-day high with 1,155 cases on Friday.
There are now 320 people in hospital (an increase of 10), and 56 of them in intensive care. A total 471 people have died from the virus.
The nine deaths reported Saturday include four from the Edmonton zone, three from the Calgary zone and two from the South zone.
As of Saturday afternoon, 33,543 people have recovered from COVID-19.
– a record 1336 new COVID cases on a 19239 tests (7.0% +)
– 9 new deaths, up to 471
– 320 in hospital (+10), 56 in ICU (-2)
– 11274 active cases (+619)#yeg #yyc #ableg #covid19ab pic.twitter.com/v6JxfYLsqb
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) November 21, 2020
The provincial contact-tracing system has been overwhelmed and estimates it doesn’t know the origin of about 80 per cent of all cases.
Alberta is the only province in Canada that does not have a provincewide mandate for using masks in indoor public places.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, says the government is still discussing whether such a sweeping rule would make sense in Alberta.
New health restrictions came into effect Nov. 13, which included banning group sports and ending alcohol sales by 10 p.m. and closing by 11 p.m.
–with files from The Canadian Press.