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Five additional deaths and 907 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta

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By Tiffany Goodwein	
		Province records highest single-day COVID-19 increase on Saturday

The province has announced six more deaths in Alberta as a result of COVID-19, including a patient at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary.

He said Albertans must continue to take every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 especially when it comes to social gatherings because the province is at a turning point.

The most newly detected cases that Alberta has seen in the course of one day was one week ago on November 6, which saw 918 new cases over the course of 24 hours.

"Until cases slow we must press pause on any gatherings with people outside of the immediate household", Kenney said.

There are 256 people in now in hospital, including 54 who are in intensive care.

As of Friday, all group fitness and indoor sports are banned in Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge Red Deer and Grande Prairie.

Both government officials said these new measures do not constitute a lockdown, phrasing the premier has also resisted.

Kenney said 30 per cent of elective surgeries have recently been cancelled in Edmonton.

More than 900 new cases were reported on Saturday.

As well, an Edmonton woman in her 60s linked to the Misericordia Community Hospital outbreak and a woman in her 90s linked to the South Terrace Continuing Care facility outbreak died.

Notley cited the failure to adequately ramp up COVID-19 contact tracers and not giving enough data for Albertans to gain a true picture of what's happening.

AHS launched a new online portal Thursday that will allow for automated texts to be sent to close contacts of positive cases.

Earlier Thursday, Covenant Health announced outbreaks in three units at the Grey Nuns Hospital.

As of Wednesday, 217 people were in hospital, 46 of them in intensive care.

Kenney attended Thursday's availability via teleconference because he is self-isolating after coming into close contact with a positive case.

Though AHS has the capacity to deal with the uptick in cases for the time being Kenney said the strain on the system and residents in the province will only get heavier as cases continue to rise.

"So, if they're from an unknown source, why don't we think that it could be these places?"

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