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A flu shot is given at a clinic in Calgary. Wednesday Dec. 4 2019

A flu shot is given at a clinic in Calgary. Wednesday Dec. 4 2019

All schools in the RMWB are also off the provincial watch list for COVID-19, including Elsie Yanik School as it did not have a new case of the illness in the last 28 days.

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on March 20, 2020.

The province reported 332 new cases of the disease on Friday, but no additional deaths.

"We have to hold onto the seeds of hope and know that if we do our part to protect each other in this hard time, better testing technology, treatments and vaccines are in the works to join the fight against COVID-19", she said.

As for Edmonton, Hinshaw continues to be concerned about the capital region's COVID-19 spread and asks Edmontonians to follow her voluntary restrictions this weekend to stop transmission.

At her Tuesday update, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the increase in hospitalizations is being driven by the outbreak at the Misericordia as well as an outbreak at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

Collectively, Alberta's active case count now sits at 2,836, just a few hundred shy of the highest total seen back at the first height of the pandemic.

Right now 117 people are in hospital with the disease, 11 of them in intensive care.

"As our community transmission goes up, so too does the risk of introducing the virus into our acute care and continuing care facilities where our most vulnerable community members are", Hinshaw said during her COVID-19 briefing Friday.

Edmonton zone: 1,525 cases, up from 1,497 cases Thursday.

Central zone: 132 cases, up from 116 cases.

Ninety-one schools now have outbreaks, including 22 with five or more cases. "It is vital that we all protect ourselves from influenza".

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