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Another daily record for COVID cases in Alberta as numbers spike again

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Alberta is seeing cases of COVID-19 continuing to set new records for all the wrong reason.

During Friday’s update, Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 1,155 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, eclipsing a previous record set the day before.

She says Alberta’s positivity rate is 6.5% with now 10,655 active cases. There are also 310 people in hospital as of Friday, 58 in ICU.

Dr. Hinshaw says there have also been 11 additional deaths since Thursday, two of those who died were in their 30’s. She notes the average age of people in hospital now in the province is getting younger.

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“In the past week, we have more new cases than in any previous week to date,” Hinshaw said. “Contact tracers are working heroically to address the backlog, but with the current volume, they’re fighting an uphill battle. There are more people and cases out there that we don’t know about”.

Hinshaw is again encouraging all Albertans to abide by public health measures to try “and bend the curve”.

Meanwhile in AHS South Zone, the province reported an additional 94 cases in Friday’s update. Lethbridge had 20 of those along with 12 in Lethbridge County.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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