The coronavirus has gotten worse in Calgary.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer for health, has put the city on the watchlist as new figures from the province show the number of active cases has risen to 886 in the past 24 hours.
“Today the city of Calgary is on the watchlist. There are currently 686 active cases, which is 50.9 per 100,000, “Hinshaw said at the press conference.
“We recently saw several outbreaks in this city related to social gatherings. This is another reminder that no region is immune to this virus and that one case can quickly lead to many if the restrictions are not followed.”
However, Hinshaw has not subjected Calgary to any additional measures.
The voluntary measures that began in Edmonton earlier this month remain in place as the number of active cases in the city has surged over 1,500 since Friday.
Overall, Alberta’s active case count now stands at 2,836, just a few hundred fewer than the highest total seen at the first peak of the pandemic.
Hinshaw also noted that Alberta currently has a provincial positivity rate of 2.24% for all coronavirus tests performed.
Of the 117 patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 40 are in the Calgary Zone and 63 are in the Edmonton Zone.
As always, Albertans are encouraged to practice safe physical distancing, wear a mask in public, maintain proper hand hygiene, and stay home if they feel sick at all.