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Coronavirus: Alberta reports record-breaking 38 deaths associated to COVID-19 | FULL

CA, 13 Jan 2021
Tuesday was Alberta’s deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic to date. During her daily update, Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced that the province recorded 38 deaths associated to COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours.

Hinshaw also discussed Alberta's contact-tracing system, saying it is improving and greatly reducing the number of COVID-19 cases with an unknown source.

The province's chief medical officer of health said Alberta Health Services is "making progress" in getting through the backlog.

"We are now able to reach out within 24 hours to all high-priority cases of COVID-19, including those involving school-aged children, health-care workers, long-term care workers, and those who are involved in critical response," Hinshaw said. "With more contact tracers and fewer cases, we are reducing the number of cases with unknown exposures."

Hinshaw added that currently, 47 per cent of active cases -- which now sit at 13,220 -- have an unknown source. Hinshaw compared that to mid-December, when she said the provincial number of unknown cases was closer to 80 per cent between Dec. 10 and 15..

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