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Five more Albertans have died from COVID-19

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Deena Hinshaw (Photo is a screenshot.)

On Monday afternoon, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Deena Hinshaw announced the death of five more Albertans, bringing the total to eight.

Two of the deaths were in long term care or seniors housing, with one being a woman in her 70s living in the Mackenzie Towne facility in Calgary while a man in his 80s died in the Rosedale facility in Edmonton.

A woman in her 50s from Calgary, a man in his 80s from Edmonton and a man in his 30s from the North zone also passed away.

“Although these individuals had risk factors like older age or chronic medical conditions, their lives mattered as much as any of ours. This has been one of the hardest days yet,” Hinshaw said.

“These deaths speak to the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and why aggressive measures from all of us are needed to contain the spread.”

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Overall, there have been 29 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, bringing the total number of people who have been infected in the province to 690. Some 65 are from suspected community transmission.

There are two additional cases in Shepherd's Care Kensington.

Some 94 people have recovered so far from COVID-19.

Hinshaw said the number of confirmed cases has been less today due to the province stopping testing for returning travellers and the daily volume of testing the province can achieve is less, due to some challenges.