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Young father identified as northern Alberta’s 1st fatal case of COVID-19 – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 31, 202054 Views

‘We are a close-knit community, and this news will be hard for everyone’

Mar 31, 2020

The first person from northern Alberta to die of COVID-19 — a man in his 30s from Big Lakes County, Alta. — is being remembered as a loving husband and father.

Shawn Auger was among five Albertans to die of COVID-19 in the province on Monday. He is the province’s youngest victim of the disease to date.

The five deaths were announced by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, who called it “one of the hardest days yet” as the number of confirmed cases in Alberta reached a sobering 690.

“Each death is a tragedy, and this many in one day is heartbreaking,” Hinshaw said Monday during a news conference in Edmonton.

“Each of these individuals had a life that mattered and people who loved them.”

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