Alberta reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths on Thursday.
The province has a total of 1,451 cases, 592 recoveries, 32 deaths and 47 hospital patients, including 14 in intensive care.
The victims were an 80-year-old woman in the Calgary area, a 60-year-old woman in the Calgary area and a 70-year-old man in the Edmonton area. One of the three lived in a continuing care facility.
There are now 151 cases in these Alberta homes involving staff and residents. Earlier this week, the Chief Medical Officer of Health put more restrictions in continuing care homes to protect the elderly.
“I know that it is difficult to no longer be able to visit loved ones who reside in these facilities, but this was necessary to ensure everyone’s safety,” said Hinshaw.
Test volumes remained low compared to last week, with Alberta health services performing 1,333 tests in the past 24 hours.
“We have also seen an increase in the number of people accessing our assessment centers since we expanded the test criteria yesterday, so I anticipate that our number of tests will increase in the coming days. “
PHYSICAL DISTANCE DURING HOLIDAYS
With several religious holidays this weekend, Hinshaw reminds Albertans to protect themselves and others from the COVID-19 threat and to celebrate virtually.
“This virus can spread too easily with the simple touch of a serving spoon, a kiss on the cheek or droplets carried by the breath of someone who sings, sings or even laughs,” he said. she warned.
Hinshaw reminded those planning to participate in driving services that they can only be in a vehicle with people they live with, and not look for others along the way.
However, Hinshaw prefers that Albertans stay at home this weekend, recommending virtual services and egg hunts instead.
“Host Zoom meetings where people can sing and pray together,” said Hinshaw. “Share photos of your delicious Easter meals and buns through FaceTime.
“Be physically distant, but virtually connected. “
The Alberta government will hold a COVID-19 press conference on Friday, but will send out press releases over the weekend.