Update 19: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (April 1 at 5:00 p.m.)
Since March 31, an additional 117 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 871. There have been two additional deaths.
- Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
- 527 cases in the Calgary zone
- 219 cases in the Edmonton zone
- 57 cases in the Central zone
- 51 cases in the North zone
- 12 cases in the South zone
- Five cases in zones yet to be confirmed
- Of these cases, there are currently 29 people in hospital, with 13 admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
- In total, there have been 62 hospitalizations, with 20 admissions to ICUs.
- Ninety-four of the 871 cases are suspected of being community acquired.
- There are now a total of 142 confirmed recovered cases.
- There are a total of 11 deaths in Alberta – six in the Calgary zone, three in the Edmonton zone, and two in the North zone.
- Alberta Health is tracking outbreaks in the following facilities and has updated reporting to focus on confirmed cases:
- Calgary zone: McKenzie Towne Long Term Care with 35 confirmed cases, Father Lacombe Care Centre with one confirmed case, and Carewest Glenmore Park centre with one confirmed case.
- Edmonton zone: Shepherd’s Care Kensington, where there are four confirmed cases.
- Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
- All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
- Restrictions remain in place for close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
- Albertans are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 people, and they must continue to observe two metres of social distancing. This includes events both indoors and outdoors, such as family gatherings, weddings and funerals. Further details are available online.
Reducing backlog of lab tests
This week, Alberta has seen an upswing in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19. This is because laboratories are quickly dealing with a testing backlog, caused by a delayed shipment over the weekend of reagent, a chemical used in the tests.
The reagent arrived Monday, allowing laboratory technologists to test more samples and confirm more cases. We have conducted more than 4,500 tests in the last 24 hours. Of these, about 98 per cent came back negative, an indicator in line with previous days. A total of 53,141 people have been tested for COVID-19.
The Calgary Drop-In Centre will be opening a shelter at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre on April 2 for homeless people who are well.
Update on special event licences
As a result of the limitation of mass gatherings to a maximum of 15 people, AGLC has temporarily suspended the special event licensing application process on its website.
Access to justice
The Court of Queen’s Bench is encouraging Albertans to access alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for non-urgent matters, including mediation and arbitration.
List of essential workplaces
The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found online.
Emergency isolation supports
Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing online access to MADI and the emergency isolation support. We will provide daily updates about system availability
- The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
- This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately.
- Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
- For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.