Alberta continues to report record-breaking numbers with 1,336 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Four new mobile COVID-19 testing centres will open in communities in the Edmonton zone on Monday, according to Alberta Health Services.

AHS opens new mobile testing centres in Edmonton; Inmate at Edmonton Institution tests positive for virus

A nurse holds a swab before testing a patient during a demonstration of a drive-thru COVID-19 testing centre in Ottawa on 18, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Alberta continues to break new case records as Saturday's update sees 1,336 new daily cases of COVID-19 in the province. The announcement comes as four new mobile COVID-19 testing centres are set open in communities in the Edmonton zone on Monday.

According to the Alberta government website, there were nine new deaths attributed to the disease, bringing the total to 471. 

The deaths include a woman in her 60s from the Calgary zone whose death is linked to the outbreak at Foothills Medical Centre, two men from the Calgary zone — one in his 90s linked to an outbreak at Carewest George Boyack, and the other in his 70s.

A man in his 90s from the Edmonton zone linked to an outbreak at Laurel Heights Retirement Residence has also died, and two other men, one in his 70s and the other in his 80s, and a woman in her 60s have died in the Edmonton zone. 

Another man in his 70s from the South zone, whose death is linked to the outbreak at AgeCare Sunrise Gardens, has died.

A woman in her 20s in the South zone has died. She's one of the three youngest people, all in their 20s, to die of the disease in the province. 

There are 320 people in the hospital, including 56 in intensive care. 

Alberta has one of the highest infection rates in the country, but has among the fewest restrictions.

Here is where the new assessment centres will be set up, according to Alberta Health Services:

  • Leduc, 4330 Black Gold Dr., in the southeast parking lot;

  • Sherwood Park, 650 Bethel Dr., in the northeast parking area;

  • Spruce Grove, 9 Tri Leisure Way, in the parking lot;

  • St. Albert, at 400 Campbell Rd., in the parking lot.

Testing is available by appointment only. Albertans who are symptomatic, who are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, or who have been linked to a confirmed outbreak, can complete a self-assessment and book testing through the AHS website.

Inmate, staff at Edmonton Institution isolating

An inmate at the Edmonton Institution has tested positive for COVID-19, Correctional Services Canada said Saturday.

The man was only recently taken into federal custody, and is being medically isolated and closely monitored by staff, according to a news release.

As of Friday, there were seven active COVID-19 cases among Edmonton Institution staff. The source of one case remains under investigation, but the other six have been determined to have spread through community transmission.

The Edmonton Institution is a federal maximum security prison for men, with capacity to hold 258 people.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, urged Albertans Friday to follow mandatory and voluntary health measures.

"This weekend, I encourage everyone to abide by all public health measures even if you don't like them, even if they're inconvenient or even if you don't agree with them," Hinshaw said.

"We must all do our part to bend the curve, prevent the health-care system from being overwhelmed and prevent more restrictive measures from coming into effect."


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