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19 new COVID deaths in Alberta, eight linked to Edmonton care home

A nurse holds a swab before testing a patient during a demonstrates of the drive-thru Covid-19 testing centre at the National Arts Centre Wednesday November 18, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta health officials are reporting 1,836 new cases of COVID-19 and 19 additional deaths on Sunday.

It is the fourth straight day the province has recorded more than 1,800 new cases.

Health officials say all 19 deaths involve patients who ranged in age from their 60s to their 100s.

Eight of the fatalities are linked to an outbreak at the Capital Care Lynnwood long-term facility in west Edmonton.

A total 615 Albertans have now died as a result of COVID-19.

There are 601 people currently in hospital, an increase of 38 from the previous 24-hour period. Exactly 100 people are in ICU.

The number of active COVID cases in the province jumped to 19,484 – up from 18,806 – while 48,467 Albertans have recovered from the novel coronavirus.