Provincially, 44 people are in hospital due to the COVID-19 virus – nine of those individuals have been admitted into an intensive care unit. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Provincially, 44 people are in hospital due to the COVID-19 virus – nine of those individuals have been admitted into an intensive care unit. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Red Deer remains at two active COVID-19 cases

Alberta confirms 94 new cases over past two days

The provincial government has confirmed 94 new COVID-19 cases over the past two days.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, announced the province’s latest COVID-19 statistics during a live update Thursday afternoon.

Thirty new cases were confirmed on Tuesday and 64 new cases were confirmed on Wednesday. A provincial update was not provided on Canada Day.

Alberta’s central zone is down to three active cases.

The City of Red Deer remains at two confirmed active cases, while the Town of Olds now has no active cases – in the last update, Olds had one active case. Beaver County still has one active case as well.

There are no COIVD-19-related hospitalizations in the central zone.

Provincially, 44 people are in hospital due to the virus – nine of those individuals have been admitted into an intensive care unit.

Of the total 8,202 confirmed cases, 542 are active, 7,505 have recovered and 155 have died.

During the update, Hinshaw discussed the possibility of the NHL hosting playoff games in Edmonton later this summer.

“I know many Albertans are thinking about hockey right now and wondering how the NHL’s hub event might be held in Edmonton without jeopardizing public safety,” she said.

While there have been reports that Edmonton and Toronto will be the two hub locations for the Stanley Cup playoffs, Hinshaw said she hasn’t received “any news” confirming Edmonton as one of the selected cities.

“If it is, I want to assure everyone that safety is our top priority,” she said.

“This spring, we developed guidelines for professional sporting tournaments to support safety for players, NHL staff and media, and to minimize any risk of (the) virus spreading to the general public.”

Hinshaw said the approach relies on “extensive privately purchased testing,” and the players and staff forming a “cohort” separate from the public, which would reduce the risk of spread if a case were identified.

“If Edmonton is chosen … health officials will work with all applicable partners to assure guidance is followed to protect the public and those involved in the tournament.

“We will also ensure public testing is in no way impacted if the NHL does pick Edmonton. The free testing being offered to all Albertans will always remain our top priority.”

Edmonton currently has 223 active cases. Calgary has 222, the south zone has 49, the north zone has 34 and one case is in an unknown location.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Police officers and their dogs undergo training at the RCMP Police Dog Services training centre in Innisfail, Alta., on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Mounties say they are searching for an armed and dangerous man near a provincial park in northern Alberta who is believed to have shot and killed a service dog during a police chase. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP search for armed man in northern Alberta after police dog shot and killed

Cpl. Deanna Fontaine says a police service dog named Jago was shot during the pursuit

Alberta now has 2,336 active cases of COVID-19, with 237 people in hospital, including 58 in intensive care. (Black Press file photo)
Red Deer down to 73 active cases of COVID-19, lowest since early November

The Central zone has 253 active cases of the virus

The Sylvan Lake Gulls show off the home jerseys (white) and their way jerseys at the Gulls Media Day on June 17, before the season opener. Following the media day, the team took to the field for their first practise. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Sylvan Lake Gulls ready to throw first pitch as construction continues

The Gulls inaugural season kicks off June 18 with a game against the Edmonton Prospects

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen during a joint news conference following the EU-Canada Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday June 15, 2021. Trudeau says Canada is on track now to have 68 million doses delivered by the end of July, which is more than enough to fully vaccinate all 33.2 million Canadians over the age of 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vaccine deliveries enough to fully vaccinate all eligible Canadians by end of July

Three in four eligible Canadians now have their first dose, nearly one in five fully vaccinated.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly contagious Delta variant grew in Canada this week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s public health agency reports spike in confirmed cases of Delta variant

More than 2,000 cases of the variant confirmed across all 10 provinces and in one territory

The federal government says it wants to ban most flavoured vaping products in a bid to reduce their appeal to youth. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Craig Mitchelldyer
Health Canada proposes ban on most vaping flavours it says appeal to youth

If implemented, the regulations would restrict all e-cigarette flavours except tobacco, mint and menthol

The Montreal Police logo is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Some Quebec politicians are calling for an investigation after a video was released that appears to show a Montreal police officer with his leg on a young Black man’s neck during an arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Probe called for after video appearing to show Montreal officer’s knee on Black youth’s neck

Politicians call for investigation after clip evokes memories of George Floyd incident

Thousands of protesters make their way through the downtown core during a Black Lives Matter protest in Ottawa, Friday June 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MPs’ study of systemic racism in policing concludes RCMP needs new model

Chair of the House public safety committee says it’s time for a reckoning on ‘quasi-military’ structure

A case filled with packages of boneless chicken breasts is shown in a grocery store Sunday, May 10, 2020, in southeast Denver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Zalubowski
One million chickens euthanized during labour dispute at Quebec slaughterhouse

Premier says waste amounts to 13 per cent of the province’s chicken production thrown in the garbage

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021. A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren’t worth the economic benefits it would bring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Public hearings on the project in southern Alberta’s Crowsnest Pass region were held last fall

Most Read