“I’m profoundly saddened to hear that an Alberta physician has died of COVID-19. This death was among the 25 deaths reported to Alberta Health yesterday.

“I want to extend my condolences to the physician’s family, friends, patients and colleagues during this difficult time.

“While this virus was not contracted at work, we know physicians are on the front lines every day, working hard to battle the physical and emotional toll of this pandemic.

“Their expert care, deep compassion and tireless leadership is one of the finest examples of public service. This loss will be felt by all Albertans.

“I also express my condolences to all those who have lost a family member or friend to COVID-19 during this pandemic.”