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More restrictions coming for Alberta; over 6,700 new cases in past five days

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Albertans can expect new COVID-19 health measures to be announced on Tuesday, November 24th.

During an update Monday afternoon, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said her update was going to be brief as she was providing new recommendations for cabinet’s consideration.

Hinshaw announced another 1,549 cases of coronavirus confirmed province-wide on Sunday (Nov. 22). That puts the total new case count over the past five days to 6,729.

“It’s clear we’ve reached a precarious point in Alberta. The virus is spreading faster and more widely than at any other point during the pandemic,” Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Hinshaw says this is like a snowball going down a hill growing bigger and faster. “It will continue unless we implement strong measures to stop it.”

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She stressed during Monday’s update that we must take action and waiting any longer will impact our ability to care for Albertans in the weeks and months ahead.

New case numbers in the South Zone rose by 69 from Saturday to Sunday, with 17 in Lethbridge and 10 in Lethbridge County.

The city has 176 active cases and the county 75 active cases.

Cases in Alberta:

  • 48,421 Total cases
  • 1,549 Cases on Nov. 22
  • 34,779 Recovered cases
  • 476 Deaths
  • 13,166 Active cases*
  • 328 In hospital
  • 62 In intensive care**
  • 2,127,729 Total tests completed
    (19,474 on Nov. 22)
  • 1,420,248 People tested
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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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