Alberta again broke COVID-19 records on Monday with 1,733 new cases, two more than the previous single-day record set on Saturday.
Over the past three days, the province has reported more than 5,000 new cases, with 1,731 on Saturday and another 1,608 on Sunday.
Across the province, hospitals were treating 453 patients for the illness, including 96 in ICU beds. Both of those totals also set new records.
Another eight deaths were reported on Monday, bringing the total to 541.
“Like all Albertans, I am alarmed by the rising case numbers reported today and over the weekend,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said Monday at a news conference.
“This is another reminder that COVID-19 has a long incubation period, meaning the actions we take today will not be seen until 10 to 14 days from now.”
‘Normal part of grieving’
Hinshaw said the province will likely continue to see case numbers and hospitalizations rise over the next several days while waiting to see what, if any, impact restrictions announced last week will have.
“Each of us must remain more vigilant than ever,” she said. “I know we are all feeling a lot of different emotions about where we are right now: Anger, guilt, fear, sadness, denial and bargaining are all common themes. Experiencing these emotions is a normal part of grieving all that we have lost to COVID-19.
“These emotions do not mean that we have lost the battle; just that it is a hard one to fight. The more we can support each other to keep going, while acknowledging the difficulty of these days, the better off we will all be.”
The most recent deaths reported were:
- A man in his 40s in the Edmonton zone.
- A man in his 80s in the Calgary zone.
- A man in his 90s linked to the outbreak at South Terrace Continuing Care in the Edmonton zone.
- A man in his 60s linked to the outbreak at Good Samaritan Pembina Village in the Edmonton zone.
- A woman in her 80s linked the outbreak at The Hamlets at Cedarwood Station in the Calgary zone.
- A man in his 80s linked to the outbreak at Newbrook Lodge in the South zone.
- A man in his 70s linked to the outbreak at Wing Kei Care Centre in the Calgary zone.
- A man in his 90s linked to the outbreak at Rosealta Lodge in the Central zone.