Update 95: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 18 at 5 p.m.)
Hospitalization rates remain low with 34 people in hospital, six of whom are in intensive care. In total, 6,938 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
- 49 new cases bring the number of total active cases to 489.
- Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
- Calgary zone: 222 active cases and 4,810 recovered
- South zone: 30 active cases and 1,247 recovered
- Edmonton zone: 200 active cases and 556 recovered
- North zone: 33 active cases and 228 recovered
- Central zone: two active cases and 85 recovered
- Two active cases and 12 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
- Additional information, including case totals, is online.
- To date, 669 cases have an unknown exposure.
- So far, labs have performed 364,729 tests on 324,964 Albertans, with 7,990 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
- There is one new death to report.
- Deaths total 152: 111 in the Calgary zone; 16 in the North zone; 14 in the Edmonton zone; 10 in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
- There are 30 active cases and 706 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 116 facility residents have died.
Continuing support for Albertans during COVID-19
- Government has introduced Bill 24, the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Statutes Amendment Act, which proposes measures to support Albertans as the province continues to reopen.
- The proposed amendments will allow some pandemic response efforts to continue and introduce new measures to support the safe and successful reopening of Alberta’s economy.
Stage two of relaunch underway
- Low active COVID-19 case numbers means stage two of Alberta’s relaunch strategy is underway.
- More businesses, sport and recreation services are open. Some larger gatherings are permitted.
- Public health guidance must be followed.
- Stage three depends on success in stage two, determined by: active case numbers, infection rates, health-care system capacity based on numbers in hospital and intensive care.
- For more information, visit alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy.
Free non-medical masks
- Albertans can get four free non-medical masks per person at any Alberta A&W, McDonald’s Canada and Tim Hortons drive-thru while supplies last, no purchase necessary.
- Those who can’t get to a drive-thru are encouraged to check other options here.
COVID-19 relaunch status map
- The daily update to the COVID-19 relaunch status map will be delayed. The next update will occur as soon as possible.
- The relaunch status map shows the level of risk in regions and information about local health measures. It also shows the rate of COVID-19 cases and the number of active cases.
Access to justice
- The Edmonton and Calgary review offices of the Court of Queen’s Bench are now booking review and assessment hearing appointments by phone. For more information, visit https://albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements.
- The Court of Queen’s Bench continues to conduct bar admissions remotely.
Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch
- The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Businesses are encouraged to check for new and updated guidance documents.
- A template on the Biz Connect website can help businesses plan how to protect employees and patrons from infection. Completing the template is voluntary.
Albertans downloading tracer app
- The ABTraceTogether app enhances manual contact tracing and capacity, and facilitates early detection. It means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
- Use of the app is voluntary; users must opt in. The app currently has 208,550 registered users.
- Protecting privacy is paramount. The app does not track the user’s physical location and does not use GPS. All contact data is only on the user’s phone and is deleted after 21 days.
- Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy. More information and links to download the app are online.
Mental health supports
- Confidential supports are available to help with mental health concerns. The Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 and the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources at mentalhealthweek.ca.
- The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
- Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.
Family violence prevention
- A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides anonymous help in more than 170 languages.
- Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an Emergency Protection Order. The requirement for in-person applications is temporarily suspended.
- Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.
- Good hygiene is the most important measure to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
- Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
- The Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is available to Albertans Monday to Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.