Alberta health officials to give update Monday afternoon on COVID-19 numbers, testing milestone

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Health Minister Tyler Shandro will give an update on the COVID-19 situation in the province Monday afternoon.

The update, set for 3:30 p.m., will be streamed live in this post when it begins.

The pair is expected to give an update on daily testing results from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A Monday news release also says there has been a “testing milestone” in the province.

Hinshaw will not be participating in person, as she said she had developed a sore throat on Friday. While a COVID-19 test over the weekend came back negative, she said in a tweet Monday that she will be staying home until her symptoms go away.

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The last time the province updated the numbers was on Friday, when it released numbers from tests performed on Thursday.

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That update saw 153 new cases of COVID-19 identified.

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Read more: 153 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Alberta on Friday

Also as of Friday’s update, there were 1,497 actives cases of COVID-19 in Alberta; of those, 786 were in the Edmonton zone and 518 were in the Calgary zone.

There have so far been 261 deaths related to COVID-19 in Alberta.

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As of Friday, the province had tested a total of 968,031 people, and administered a total of 1,269,261 tests to those people.

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