Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, announced Alberta’s first death Thursday. Photo credit Government of Alberta

Alberta reports its first death amid COVID-19

Alberta reported its first death attributed to the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday.

The person who died from coronavirus was a man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions. He was recovering in an intensive care unit in the Edmonton zone after being admitted March 12.

He died late Wednesday.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, said the man acquired the virus through community transmission.

Hinshaw said while most people only experience mild symptoms, COVID-19 can make some people extremely sick.

“This is why we have the extreme measures in place. To do that we need everyone’s help – take this seriously. Stay home unless it is essential for you to go out. Now is not the time for social gatherings,” said Hinshaw.

Alberta is the fourth province to record a death. British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec have all had people die from COVID-19.

Five people are hospitalized across the province and two people are recovering in intensive care units.

Alberta declared 27 new COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon. The new provincial total is 146: three cases in the central zone, 101 in the Calgary zone, 29 in the Edmonton zone, 10 in the north zone and three in south zone.

Eight cases in the province are believed to be community transmitted cases, although the province could only confirm seven Thursday.

“The number of deaths, the number of hospitalizations, it’s up to us to keep that low,” says Hinshaw.

One COVID-19 case was confirmed in Red Deer on Wednesday.

According to the map on the Alberta.ca website, there is one case of the virus in southwest Red Deer.

Hinshaw said the government has heard reports of people who should be self-isolating, but are not. There will soon be a process for Albertans to report these cases.

As of Thursday morning, there were 770 cases of COVID-19 in Canada.


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