Hinshaw warns of 'false confidence' as COVID-19 cases fall, RMWB reports one new case

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced Alberta’s daily COVID-19 cases are continuing to fall during her Thursday media conference, as just 56 new cases were reported.

“Today’s case numbers follow a week-long trend of fewer than 100 new cases per day,” said Hinshaw. “I am cautiously optimistic that Albertans are taking health measures more seriously.”

Even though numbers are falling, Hinshaw reminded Albertans to remain cautious and to continue following health and safety recommendations.

“We are not out of the woods yet,” she said. “The spread of the virus over the coming weeks will depend on the choices we make this weekend, and in the days and weeks ahead.”

Hinshaw also announced two new COVID-19 related deaths. One of them is tied to the current outbreak at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton.

With recent national discussions about a COVID-19 vaccine, Hinshaw said she is worried about giving a “false confidence” that the virus will soon be gone.

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“We do not know when, or if, a highly effective vaccine will be identified,” she said. “Even then, there is no way to know for sure when a vaccine will be available to Albertans.”

For now, Hinshaw is asking Albertans to make one small change to their lives over the coming weekend that will ensure the health and safety of those around them.

“If you don’t have a mask, please get one. If you haven’t instructed your kids on how to wear a mask safely, take time to do that this weekend,” said Hinshaw. “If going out to eat, shop or be in close contact with others, make sure that you are well.”

Provincial COVID-19 updates for August 6:  

  • A total of 11,296 people have been infected with the virus since Alberta’s first case was recorded on March 5.  
  • Of those cases, 9,984 people have recovered, or just more than 88 per cent of all cases.  
  • There have been 56 new cases reported across Alberta in the past 24 hours. 
  • There are 1,107 active cases in Alberta.  
  • There are 76 cases hospitalized, with 19 people fighting the virus in intensive care units.  
  • There has been 2 new deaths related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing Alberta’s total to 205. One of the deaths was tied to the outbreak at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre in Edmonton.
  • There have been 5,651 people tested for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. To date, 735,322 tests for COVID-19 have been carried out on 607,363 people.

Local COVID-19 updates for August 6:

COVID-19 in Fort McMurray:

  • There is one new active case in Fort McMurray in the past 24 hours, bringing the total at 11.  
  • There has been one new recovery in Fort McMurray.  
  • 60 people have recovered in Fort McMurray since the first case was reported in the city on March 19.  
  • There have been no deaths in Fort McMurray.  

COVID-19 in rural areas:

  • There have been no new active cases reported in Wood Buffalo’s rural areas in the past 24 hours, keeping the known total at five.  
  • There have been no new recoveries from the virus in the past 24 hours, keeping the total number of recoveries to 52.  
  • AHS has not confirmed which rural communities have active COVID-19 cases, only community leaders have.  
  • Fort McKay’s First Nation and Métis leaders have made it mandatory to wear masks in the community.  
  • There have been no deaths in the RMWB’s rural areas. 
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