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.
New cases / deaths by region:
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) December 20, 2020
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.
There are currently 760 people in hospital with 149 people in ICU. On Dec. 19, an additional 17,956 tests were completed giving a positivity rate of 7.1%. This brings the total number of completed tests to 2,638,451 since testing began. (2/4)
— Dr. Deena Hinshaw (@CMOH_Alberta) December 20, 2020