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Alberta reports 8 new COVID-19 deaths, 5 at Edmonton long-term care home

304 new coronavirus cases in past three days
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20, 2020. Alberta's chief medical officer of health says ballooning COVID-19 numbers in the province are worrying and should serve as a wake up call for those individuals who are no longer practicing social distancing measures. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON — Alberta's medical officer of health says most of the COVID-19 deaths on the weekend were at a long-term care home in Edmonton and the provincial health service has taken over day-to-day operations.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says five of eight deaths over the last three days were linked to an outbreak at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre.

She says, in all, 12 residents there have died and 47 others are infected along with 14 staff members.

The province is reporting 304 new coronavirus cases: 110 on Friday, 103 on Saturday and 91 on Sunday.

"As we see in the case numbers, the curve is no longer flat in Alberta," said Hinshaw at a news conference Monday afternoon.

There are 1,430 active cases and deaths from COVID-19 have risen to 186.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2020

The Canadian Press