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Albertans encouraged to plan for virtual celebrations this holiday season

The province’s top doctor is encouraging Albertans to keep holiday gatherings small and within individual households this year.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw says she doesn’t know what specific COVID-19 measures will be in place come Christmastime, adding those restrictions will be determined by cabinet in the next couple of weeks.

However, she says this is not the year for office parties or large family gatherings and that we should all start making plans for virtual celebrations.

There were 1307 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Nov. 30 out of 15,816 tests for a provincial positivity rate of about 8.4 percent.

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As of the end of day Monday, there were 16,628 active cases with 479 people in hospital, 97 of them in the ICU.

Ten additional COVID-related deaths were also reported.

In the Lakeland, the MD of Bonnyville has 24 active cases, the City of Cold Lake has 62 active cases, the County of St. Paul is said to have 51 active cases and Lac La Biche has 54 active cases, according to Alberta Health Services.

Written by Tina Karst,

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