Alberta is reporting 1,590 new COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths

Alberta is reporting 1,590 new COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths.

Nine of the deaths were in the Edmonton zone, and five of them are linked with an outbreak at the Hardisty Care Centre.

Most of the other deaths were also in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.

The province says the deaths occurred over nearly two weeks since Nov. 30, explaining there can be delays in deaths being reported to Alberta Health.

It says there can also be delays in deaths being confirmed as having COVID-19 as a contributing cause.

There are 628 people with COVID-19 in hospital, with 128 of those cases receiving intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 12, 2020.

TORONTO STAR