Update 108: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (Aug. 6 at 3:30 p.m.)
In total, 9,984 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. There are 76 people in hospital, 19 of whom are in intensive care.
- 56 additional cases have been identified in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,107.
- Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
- Calgary zone: 392 active cases and 6,149 recovered
- South zone: 92 active cases and 1,569 recovered
- Edmonton zone: 325 active cases and 1,459 recovered
- North zone: 107 active cases and 491 recovered
- Central zone: 186 active cases and 295 recovered
- Five active cases and 21 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
- Additional information, including case totals, is online.
- To date, 1,759 cases have an unknown exposure.
- There were 7,987 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
- Alberta labs have performed 735,322 tests on 607,363 Albertans.
- There are two new deaths to report in the last 24 hours.
- Total number of deaths is 205: 114 in the Calgary zone; 51 in the Edmonton zone; 18 in the North zone; 17 in the South zone; and five in the Central zone.
- There are 58 active cases and 874 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 147 facility residents have died.
- The Alberta government is providing an additional $48 million to continue providing supports for people struggling with homelessness during the pandemic.
- The funding will help shelter operators respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can continue providing safe, healthy places to stay for vulnerable Albertans.
School health measures
- When school returns for the 2020-21 year, mask use will be mandatory for Grade 4 to 12 students and all school staff in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- More than 1.6 million reusable masks will be distributed, two each to 740,000 students and 90,000 staff in public, separate, Francophone, charter and independent schools. Schools will have single-use masks if required.
- A re-entry tool kit can help prepare parents and students.
- Health officials will monitor and update the guidance for schools based on the best evidence.
Expanded asymptomatic testing in pharmacies
- People with no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact a participating pharmacy to arrange for testing.
Risk assessment tool
- A new online risk assessment tool helps people identify if they are at high risk of having a severe outcome. The tool also provides information on how to mitigate that risk.
- Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital remains closed to new patients because of a COVID-19 outbreak. For updates, please visit covenanthealth.ca.
Access to justice
- The Court of Queen’s Bench announced new email filing procedures and will no longer accept filings by fax.
- The Court of Queen’s Bench is resuming jury selection and jury trials. Beginning this week, summonses are being sent for trials starting in September. For safety, jury selection and some jury trials will be off-site. Potential jurors should refer to their summons for location information. Additional Information is available at https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements.
- Do not attend a courthouse in person for any traffic trial scheduled up to and including Sept. 4.
- Instead, visit the Provincial Court of Alberta website for details on rescheduling.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan
- Alberta’s recovery plan will create jobs, economic diversification and a strong economic future.
Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch
- The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Check for new and updated guidance documents.
- Businesses may complete an online template to plan how to protect employees and patrons.
Albertans downloading tracer app
- The ABTraceTogether app helps with manual contact tracing and capacity, and early detection. Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
- Use of the app is voluntary. The app currently has 234,462 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.
Addiction and mental health supports
- Confidential supports are available. 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. In-person applications are temporarily suspended.
- Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.
- Good hygiene is one’s best protection: wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into an elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
- Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness during this difficult time at #AlbertaCares.
- Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is open Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.