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Alberta reporting 1,352 new COVID-19 infections, 26 deaths

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 reported 1,352 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 deaths linked to the virus on Saturday afternoon.

The provincial death toll rose to 841 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are currently 777 Albertans in hospital. That number includes 151 in the intensive care unit.

There are more than 19,000 active cases throughout the province.

Hospitalizations in Alberta are up 14 per cent over the last seven-day period while active cases dropped by 812.

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health urged people need to limit their in-person gatherings this weekend.

“The decisions we make now will affect our case rates and hospitalizations in the days and weeks to come,” she wrote.

Hinshaw will provide her next media briefing on Monday.