St. Albert's active COVID-19 cases doubled this month

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St. Albert’s COVID-19 cases have more than doubled since the beginning of the month.

On Monday, the province released new COVID-19 data, with St. Albert hitting 211 active cases, with 391 people recovered – more than double the 101 active cases the city had on Nov. 3.

Over the weekend, 81 St. Albertans were diagnosed with COVID-19, while 34 recovered.

In Sturgeon County, cases have also more than doubled since the beginning of the month, with the Nov. 3 active cases sitting at 45. Now, the county has 94 active cases.

Morinville has seen a drop in its cases, with 28 active cases, compared to the 35 it had on Nov. 3.

Additional COVID-19 restrictions will be announced Tuesday morning and the final decisions around what those restrictions will look like is being made on Monday afternoon.

On Monday, Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw had to keep her press briefing short as she was slated to discuss options for more strict measures during the Priorities Implementation Cabinet Committee Meeting.

Hinshaw will be providing recommendations but the final decisions will be made by government officials.

The recommendations come after a weekend of new daily provincial COVID-19 case highs, with 1,336 people diagnosed on Saturday, 1,584 people diagnosed on Sunday and another 1,549 cases on Monday.

Hinshaw said the effectiveness of the new measures being issued Tuesday will not be seen in the COVID-19 case count for two to three weeks and Alberta Health Services will have to manage the increasing number of COVID-19 cases being admitted to the hospitals and ICU, in expense of treating other conditions.

Jennifer Henderson is the Local Journalism Initiative Reporter for Great West Newspapers, covering rural Alberta issues.

– With files from Kevin Ma

Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Albert Gazette