Amid a rise in new cases of COVID-19 infection in recent weeks, the province’s top doctor says now is not the time for Albertans to succumb to “fatigue” by abandoning public health protocols.
The province reported 86 new cases Tuesday, bringing the active case count across Alberta to 701. Of those, 295 are in Alberta Health Services’ Calgary zone.
There were 55 COVID-19 patients in hospitals across Alberta as of Tuesday, including 13 being treated in intensive care.
Two more deaths were reported, both in Edmonton, bringing the province’s COVID-19 fatality toll to 163.
“While we saw cases decline from the peak seen in April, our daily cases have begun to rise over the past few days,” chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during a briefing on Tuesday.
“This pandemic has been a long haul and I worry that Albertans may be starting to tune the messages out. It can seem like old news and many are tired of hearing this information.”