Alberta releases location, age stats for COVID-19

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

First Alberta COVID-19 death confirmed

For now, Hinshaw said individuals should be, "encouraged to do the right thing".

Rachel Notley, the former premier and leader of the Alberta New Democrats, tweeted "I am sending my deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of the Albertan who passed away in our province's first COVID-19 related death".

During her update on Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Alberta Health Services is moving to restrict visitors to hospitals and care centres to protect patients and the most vulnerable.

There are now 119 people province-wide who are confirmed to have COVID-19. "We only have to look at other countries to see how serious it is", Hinshaw said during the update.

She also announced that there have been 27 new confirmed cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours.

The province, as of press time, had not noted where those new cases are in the North zone. Tell them how you are feeling. A process is now being developed to respond to those concerns, and an update will be provided once a solution is reached, she said.

When asked to how many fatalities could be expected, Hinshaw said that all depends Albertans and their efforts to continue hand-washing and social distancing.

"We must leave this line open for true emergencies".

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