Province raises outdoor gathering limit to 200 people

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Hinshaw to deliver Alberta COVID-19 update Tuesday afternoon

Alberta's top doctor confirmed another 41 cases of COVID-19 in the province Tuesday, along with new outbreaks linked to four Edmonton restaurants.

Hinshaw will be providing an update on the province's response to COVID-19 later today.

"Alberta Health Services is working closely with operators to facilitate testing and ensure all necessary steps are taken to protect public health", Hinshaw said. Hinshaw said anyone who went to one of these locations in the past two weeks should get tested.

"It is critical that we do not shame those who test positive", she said. The cause of that outbreak is still under investigation, Hinshaw said.

In the region's rural areas, there are eight active cases and 14 recovered cases.

The Government of Alberta has increased the number of people that can gather at outdoor events.

The change applies to outdoor events like performances, festivals, fireworks displays and sporting events.

All public health measures remain in place, however, including physical distancing between people of different households.

Seated outdoor events will require the necessary space between families and cohort groups. "Evidence suggests that outdoor events have a lower risk of transmission, provided other public health guidance is followed". There were 547 active cases in the province and 7,407 Albertans were listed as recovered.

The average age of death due to COVID-19 in Alberta is 83 years, but a person as young as 27 has perished from the disease. This represents 91 per cent of all cases.

Across Alberta there are 71 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the active case total to 559.

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