Dr. Hinshaw shares COVID-19 update for October 13

  • Dr. Hinshaw shares COVID-19 update for October 13

Dr. Hinshaw shares COVID-19 update for October 13

The region has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks, however Premier Jason Kenney said Friday there are no plans to release new COVID-19 modelling as British Columbia and Ontario have done.

Grande Prairie has been placed under watch status as of Tuesday but Alberta's chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw says no new measures are anticipated.

"By shifting to a provincewide appointment process, we will make on-site testing quicker and more efficient", Hinshaw said.

For example, she said, Calgary saw a 14-per-cent no-show rate over the past weekend.

"It is easy and convenient to change or cancel your testing appointment online, freeing up your spot for someone else", she said.

"At this point, we don't believe that creating hypothetical numbers is going to improve our COVID response", Kenney said at an unrelated announcement.

Starting Wednesday, all tests at those facilities will be by appointment only.

"Contact tracers are reporting that an increasing number of people are reluctant to share information about where they may have been exposed to the virus, where they have been while infectious, and who they've been in contact with".

The CMOH also reported 464 confirmed active cases at 209 schools across Alberta.

"It is understandable that people are exhausted of COVID, and angry at the ways that their lives have been disrupted".

If we are not able to trace contacts and prevent the virus from spreading, the impacts will continue to grow.

"The majority of those cases seem to be link to a single, large outbreak", Hinshaw said in a Tuesday update. "The Edmonton zone remains the hot spot in the province, with 1,444 active cases right now".

So far, 286 Albertans have died of COVID-19.