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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health “profoundly disappointed” in leaked audio conversations

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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health says the actions of a few have violated the trust of many.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw responded Thursday to a CBC exclusive that cited secretly recorded meetings between herself and cabinet that reportedly revealed political directions and tension over Alberta’s pandemic response.

She says “I am profoundly disappointed that confidential, internal conversations have been shared, actions that are a violation of the public service oath and code of conduct. This is a personal betrayal, and a betrayal of the trust our hard working team has placed in each other.”

Hinshaw reiterated her role is to advise and provide recommendations to cabinet.

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She said “my professional integrity is incredibly important to me and when I have taken an oath that indicates that I will provide the recommendations to elected officials in confidence, it would be inappropriate for me, and a violation of my professional integrity, to break that.”

Health Minister Tyler Shandro also weighed in, saying “a lot of these media stories, as we’ve seen over the past few weeks, what I see is attacks on the credibility and independence of the office of Dr. Hinshaw and herself and the ministry, and of, to some extent, undermining the confidence that people have in the measures we’ve announced.”

He calls these “attacks” incredibly irresponsible.

It was another record day for active COVID-19 cases in Alberta with 14,052.

There were 1,077 new cases on Wednesday out of about 15,900 tests for a provincial positivity rate of about seven-percent.

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Another ten deaths were also reported.

There are 383 people in hospital and 84 of them are in the ICU.

Here in the South Zone, there were 44 new cases confirmed and ten of them were in Lethbridge.

The city now has 195 active cases of COVID-19.

Lethbridge County reported two more cases over the past day while the MD of Taber 10 new cases, Cardston County tallied four new cases and Medicine Hat reported nine new cases of the virus.

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On a more positive note, there are still no reported cases of seasonal influenza in Alberta.

While health officials hesitate to compare flu data until the season is considered to be over, at this point last year there had already been 464 confirmed cases of influenza.

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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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