Three more COVID-19 deaths in Alberta as total cases rise to 1,250

On Sunday, the government reported 69 new cases of the disease. The total number of people who have recovered from the illness is 279.

The province announced 69 new cases on Sunday

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The province reported three more deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday as total cases rose to 1,250.

The victims were a man in his 60s from the Calgary zone, a woman in her 80s from the Central zone and a man from the North zone who was over 100 years old. As of Sunday, the total number of deaths in Alberta was 23.

The province also reported 69 new cases of the disease. Of the total cases, 919 are laboratory confirmed, and 331 are probable cases. 

A total of 279 people in Alberta have recovered from the illness, according to the updated numbers.

The regional breakdown of cases is:

  • Calgary zone: 774 cases, 14 deaths.
  • Edmonton zone: 309 cases, 4 deaths.
  • Central zone: 67 cases, 1 death. 
  • North zone: 77 cases, 4 deaths.
  • South zone: 20.
  • Unknown: 3.

As of Sunday, there were 48 people in hospital, including 13 who have been admitted to intensive care units. 

There have been 63,115 people tested for COVID-19 — 698 of those tests were done in the last 24 hours.

Live updates with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, are expected to resume on Monday.