Alberta reports deadliest day of pandemic with 22 more deaths
7 deaths linked to outbreak at Capital Care Lynnwood in Edmonton
Alberta reported 22 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday — the most reported in one day since the start of the pandemic.
The provincial death toll from the disease was 719 as of Sunday.
The previous deadliest day of the pandemic in the province was Nov. 16, when 20 deaths were reported.
The province also reported 1,717 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and performed 21,725 tests in the previous 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 7.9 per cent. There were 20,562 active cases in Alberta as of Sunday.
Of the 22 deaths reported on Sunday, seven were linked to the outbreak at Capital Care Lynnwood in Edmonton zone: a man in his 80s on Dec. 1, a woman in her 90s on Dec. 2, a woman in her 80s on Dec. 5, a man in his 60s on Dec. 6, a man in his 80s on Dec. 9, a woman in her 70s on Dec. 9 and a woman in her 90s on Dec. 10.
Four others died in the Edmonton zone: a man in his 50s on Dec. 10 and two men in their 70s, one who died on Dec. 10 and the other on Dec. 12.
Three deaths are linked to the outbreak at Salem Manor in Edmonton zone. They include a woman in her 100s on Dec. 5, a man in his 90s on Dec. 7 and a man in his 80s on Dec. 8.
Two deaths are linked to the outbreak at St. Mary's Hospital in the Central zone: a woman in her 80s who died on Dec. 11 and a man in his 90s who died on Dec. 12.
A man in his 80s who died on Dec. 8 was linked to the outbreak at Bethany Calgary in the Calgary zone. Another woman in her 90s who died on Dec. 9 was linked to the outbreak at Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre. Another woman's death on Dec. 9 was linked to the outbreak at Agecare Skypointe in Calgary zone. She was in her 80s.
A woman's death on Dec. 12 was linked to the outbreak at Agecare Walden Heights in Calgary zone. She was in her 80s.
The province reported the death of a man in his 40s linked to the outbreak at Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre in Edmonton Zone on Dec. 10.
CBC News has reported on the death of a correctional officer due to COVID-19 at the centre on Dec. 10, but a spokesperson for the province could not confirm if the death reported Sunday was the same man.
A man died on Dec. 11 but further details had yet to be confirmed.
There were 681 people in the hospital due to COVID-19, including 136 in intensive care.
Here's the regional breakdown of active cases:
Calgary zone: 7,268
Edmonton zone: 9,778
North zone: 1,289
South zone: 572
Central zone: 1,589