Update 100: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (July 2 at 4:30 p.m.)
In total, 7,505 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. Hospitalization rates remain low with 44 people in hospital, eight of whom are in intensive care.
- The total number of cases identified in Alberta rose by 94 in the last 48 hours: 30 additional cases on June 30 and 64 cases on July 1.
- There are currently 542 active cases in the province.
- Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
- Calgary zone: 222 active cases and 5,046 recovered
- South zone: 49 active cases and 1,273 recovered
- Edmonton zone: 233 active cases and 820 recovered
- North zone: 34 active cases and 265 recovered
- Central zone: three active cases and 88 recovered
- One active case and 13 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
- Additional information, including case totals for individual days, is online.
- To date, 797 cases have an unknown exposure.
- So far, labs have performed 464,070 tests on 407,363 Albertans, with 14,614 tests completed in the last 48 hours.
- There is one new death to report.
- Total number of deaths is 155: 112 in the Calgary zone; 16 in the North zone; 15 in the Edmonton zone; 11 in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
- There are 24 active cases and 736 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 118 facility residents have died.
Expanded outdoor gatherings
- Up to 200 people can now attend audience-type community outdoor events, such as festivals, fireworks displays, rodeos and sporting events, and outdoor performances.
- All public health measures, including physical distancing, remain in place. Seated outdoor events will still require the necessary space between families and cohorts within stadium-style seating.
- The 100-person limit remains in place for other outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events.
- The limit for indoor social gatherings, including wedding and funeral receptions and birthday parties, remains at 50 people maximum.
Daily case updates
- Daily case numbers are now updated every weekday and paused on holidays and weekends.
- Weekend and holiday case numbers are reported the next available business day.
- Daily breakdowns of the data will continue to keep Albertans fully informed. Government will alert Albertans if urgent developments occur on a weekend.
Access to justice
- The Court of Queen’s Bench is resuming some family, civil and masters hearing lists provincewide via remote access. Details: https://albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements
- Child support applications and variation applications adjourned due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now be rescheduled via an expedited process. For details, visit the link above.
Alberta’s recovery plan
- Alberta has launched a recovery plan to create jobs, accelerate economic diversification and ensure a strong future for our economy.
- Learn more at https://www.alberta.ca/recovery-plan.aspx
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 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 219,146 registered users.
- Privacy is protected. The app does not track a user’s physical location or 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.
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.