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Monday, August 2, 2021
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Health Minister confirms one-millionth COVID-19 test in Alberta

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Alberta celebrating a milestone in COVID-19 testing Monday.

Health Minister Tyler Shandro says more than one-million people in this province have now been tested at least once.

The lab is now processing, on average, 13,000 tests a day and has tested as many as 18,000 in a single 24-hour period.

There were 60 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed on Friday, 184 on Saturday, and 162 on Sunday.

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There were also four additional deaths – one of them associated to the outbreak at Foothills Hospital in Calgary.

Here in the South Zone, there were eight new cases over the weekend including two in Lethbridge and one in the Municipal District of Taber.

There are currently six people being treated in hospital in the South Zone and two of those patients are in the ICU.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw delivered her part of Monday’s update remotely as she says she developed a sore throat over the weekend.

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She’s tested negative for COVID-19 but is working from home so as not to expose anyone else.

Hinshaw is asking Albertans to do the same, adding it can be an inconvenience to stay home when experiencing mild symptoms, but it’s the new normal and the right thing to do for the safety of others.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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