Alberta reported a record 1,026 new COVID cases on Saturday.
There were three new deaths, bringing the total to 401 COVID-related fatalities in the province. None of the deaths were in the central zone.
There were 256 people in hospital, an increase of 16, and 54 in intensive care.
The province has 9,103 active cases of the virus, up from 8,593 on Friday.
In the central zone, there were 353 active cases, which is the same number reported Friday, and 1,053 recovered cases.
There were seven people hospitalized in the zone because of the virus, with no one in intensive care.
The province did not provide testing information, citing technical difficulties, so the test positivity rate is unknown.
On Friday, the provincial government had reported 94 cases in Red Deer.
“Today marks the first time we’ve seen over 1,000 new daily cases,” tweeted Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.
“I know Albertans are concerned with the alarming rise in cases – I share these concerns.”
Hinshaw is expected to provide a full update on Monday.