Alberta records ninth COVID-19 related death
Dr. Deena Hinshaw March 31, 2020. Photo Credit Government of Alberta YouTube channel.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Alberta has risen to nine as a third resident of a Calgary continuing care centre has passed away.
A total of 36 residents and five staff members at the McKenzie Town Continuing Care Centre have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Province-wide, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says the number of confirmed cases rose by 64 since Monday for a total of 754.
She says there are about 75 cases where officials don’t know the source, indicating community transmission.
It’s a number she calls “concerning.”
Hinshaw also delivering a message Tuesday to the province’s younger residents after a man in his mid-30’s died of COVID-19 in northern Alberta earlier this week.
She says anyone with a chronic health condition, like diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, is at a higher risk of severe illness but everyone needs to be vigilant regardless of age or health conditions.
Hinshaw says “even if you don’t have a chronic health condition, you need to make sure you’re protecting yourself against COVID-19 because even if you yourself have a mild illness, you could spread that disease to others … who get severe illness.”
There were no new cases reported in the South Zone on Tuesday and this region’s total remains at 12.
That number hasn’t changed since March 26.