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319 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths reported in Alberta

Another 319 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of cases in the province to 3,720. Of those cases, 1,357 have recovered.

No new cases have been announced in the Central zone keeping it at 79. There remains one active case in the County of Vermilion River and one in the MD of Wainwright.

Over 117,000 tests have been processed in Alberta with 10,204 tests done in the Central zone.

Two more deaths were recorded both in connection to the outbreak in Brooks. The death-toll in the province is now at 68.

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Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says due to the long incubation period of the virus will mean more new cases should be expected in the days ahead.

“These outbreaks are a painful remainder of the ability of COVID-19 to spread rapidly when given the chance.”

Hinshaw says there are 480 confirmed cases connected to the Cargill meat plant in High River and 124 cases JBS meat packing plant in Brooks as well as 390 cases found in continuing care facilities in Alberta.

Dr. Hinshaw also announced all large summer festivals and events in the province are cancelled and says events like K-Days and the Calgary Stampede, which were cancelled earlier today, have the potential to be super-spreaders of COVID-19.

“This decision was not made lightly, but we must do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

She encourages Albertans to avoid visiting their summer homes and large group activities as the weather gets warmer.

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