Update 20: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (April 2 at 5 p.m.)
An additional 97 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta since the last report, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 968. There have been two additional deaths, one in the Calgary zone and the other in the North zone.
- Strong outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities.
- Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
- 589 cases in the Calgary zone
- 247 cases in the Edmonton zone
- 59 cases in the Central zone
- 55 cases in the North zone
- 14 cases in the South zone
- Four cases in zones yet to be confirmed
- Of these cases, there are currently 32 people in hospital, with 14 admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
- In total, there have been 67 hospitalizations, with 21 admissions to ICUs.
- Of the 968 total cases, 108 are suspected of being community acquired.
- There are now a total of 174 confirmed recovered cases.
- There are a total of 13 deaths in Alberta – seven in the Calgary zone, three in the Edmonton zone, and three in the North zone.
- Alberta Health is tracking nine outbreaks at continuing care facilities. Some of these outbreaks are reported as a precaution because staff worked at McKenzie Towne Long Term Care, as well as other long-term care sites. The following new cases are confirmed:
- McKenzie Towne Long Term Care (Calgary zone) – 30 new cases
- Manoir Du Lac Retirement Home (North zone) – two cases
- There have been 57,096 people tested for COVID-19, and a total of 58,397 tests performed by the lab. There have been 4,084 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
- Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at 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.
New outbreak standards for health settings
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has outlined new orders on how to control outbreaks of COVID-19 in licensed supportive living (including group homes and lodges), long-term care (nursing homes and auxiliary hospitals), and residential addiction treatment service providers licensed under the Mental Health Services Protection Act.
Under the new orders, staff and operators will be required to notify public health authorities as soon as a case is confirmed or if two or more residents exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
Staff who work at multiple facilities are required to immediately inform their supervisors if they have worked or are working at a facility where there is a confirmed or suspected case.
Operators and managers must also inform all families with residents in the facilities.
The new standards provide operators with direction on how to deploy staff and resources where most needed, implement isolation measures, and ensure staff have up-to-date training on care and protective equipment.
Access to justice
The Security Services and Investigators Program is extending all business and individual licences with expiry dates between March 9 and July 1 to July 2, to allow operations to continue. More information: https://www.alberta.ca/security-profession-licences-permits.aspx
The Calgary Drop-In Centre has opened a shelter at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre for homeless people who are well.
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 ca/COVID19.