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Alberta reports 1,286 new COVID cases and 10 deaths Sunday

Last Updated Dec 21, 2020 at 6:09 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta health officials reported 1,286 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths linked to the virus on Sunday afternoon.

The provincial death toll rose to 851 since the beginning of the pandemic.

There are currently 760 Albertans in hospital, a decrease of 17 from the previous 24-hour period. That number includes 149 in ICU.

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

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw urged people to be patient during the holiday period.

“Additional restrictions may mean longer lines at grocery stores or other retail locations,” she tweeted. “Please remember to be patient; the holiday season is always busy and stressful and this year, more than ever, we need to show kindness to others.

“Please take restrictions seriously,” she wrote in a follow-up tweet. “And if you do go out, follow public health guidance: wash your hands, wear a mask and practice physical distancing.”

Hinshaw will provide her next media briefing on Monday.