Ottawa rolls out its own contact tracing app, raising questions about ABTraceTogether

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Also Friday, Alberta reported one new death, a man in his 80s in the Central zone not linked to any continuing-care sites.

A total of 1,386 cases remain active in Alberta with 9,261 recoveries. Eighty-six Albertans remain in hospital with the virus, 17 of whom are in intensive-care units, decreases in both metrics from Thursday.

No new outbreaks in the Calgary area have been declared by AHS in the past week.

While Albertans may be excited to celebrate what is forecasted to be a warm weekend, they should still be cautious about spreading the virus, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Thursday.

“After Canada Day, we saw several events that resulted in the spread of COVID-19 amongst friends and families,” Hinshaw said.

“This is not the only reason that our case numbers have risen, but it has played a part.”

One Canada Day backyard barbecue in Calgary is linked to a cluster of at least 13 cases of the coronavirus.

Jed Cochrane, the visitor experience manager with the Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks, said he expects lots of traffic at parks this weekend, with parking lots in Lake Louise having quickly filled up recently.

“We’re still seeing good compliance with regards to physical distancing, but it is good to remind folks that physical distancing is important,” Cochrane said.

He added that there have not been enforcement concerns in the national parks but that littering has increased during the pandemic.

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