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Alberta records ninth COVID-19 related death

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The number of COVID-19 related deaths in Alberta has risen to nine as a third resident of a Calgary continuing care centre has passed away.

A total of 36 residents and five staff members at the McKenzie Town Continuing Care Centre have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Province-wide, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says the number of confirmed cases rose by 64 since Monday for a total of 754.

She says there are about 75 cases where officials don’t know the source, indicating community transmission.

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It’s a number she calls “concerning.”

Hinshaw also delivering a message Tuesday to the province’s younger residents after a man in his mid-30’s died of COVID-19 in northern Alberta earlier this week.

She says anyone with a chronic health condition, like diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, is at a higher risk of severe illness but everyone needs to be vigilant regardless of age or health conditions.

Hinshaw says “even if you don’t have a chronic health condition, you need to make sure you’re protecting yourself against COVID-19 because even if you yourself have a mild illness, you could spread that disease to others … who get severe illness.”

There were no new cases reported in the South Zone on Tuesday and this region’s total remains at 12.

That number hasn’t changed since March 26.

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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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