On Thursday, October 22, Dr. Deena Hinshaw hosted a public address to provide an Alberta COVID-19 update. \nShe told the public that 427 new cases were recorded in the last 24-hours. \nAs for schools, there are active alerts or outbreaks in 101 schools with over 500 cases in total. \nEditor's Choice: Canada Just Reported Its Highest Ever Single-Day Jump In New COVID-19 Cases\n\n \n\n\n\n“\n\n\nCase numbers have recently been rising again in a concerning way. \n\n\nDr. Deena Hinshaw\n\n\n\nShe announced that AHS has made the call to postpone non-urgent surgeries again in the Edmonton Zone. \nShe said the main cause for the change is close contact and that many of the new cases are the result of gatherings over Thanksgiving. \n"People did not mean to spread COVID, but it's a reminder that social gatherings where distancing and masking are not used consistently are a significant risk for spread," she said.\nShe followed that by saying that she is very worried and that they are currently looking into what their next steps should be. \n"We must remain vigilant."