Alberta sees 5 more COVID-19 deaths, the first case on a First Nation

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Alberta confirmed five deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths from the virus in the province to 66.

According to Alberta Health data, two victims were 70 and three were 80 years old.

As of Wednesday, 306 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total to 3,401.

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Community in northern Alberta confirms province’s first known case of COVID-19 on a First Nation

An Alberta Health spokesperson said the first case of COVID-19 on an Alberta First Nation had been recorded – on the Sucker Creek First Nation in northern Alberta near High Prairie .

The Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health has stated that while this is a single case in this community and not an outbreak, Alberta Health is disclosing the confirmed case at the request of the First Nation.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the confirmed case was contact with a previously confirmed case in High Prairie and that he is now self-isolating.

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Premier Jason Kenney said 70 Albertans are hospitalized for the virus; 18 of them are in intensive care units.

“The number of hospitalizations has increased recently, but remains well below the modeling published by AHS,” he said.



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The Premier has said that Alberta “always does a good job” and must “stay alert” by practicing good hygiene, physically distancing yourself and wearing face masks when appropriate.

If people keep these habits, “we may consider a careful restart of our economy” when health officials determine that it is safe to do so.










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Kenney said he will meet with the stimulus working group on Thursday and hopes to inform Albertans of the stimulus strategy next week.

“To think that if we were to reopen everything today and the numbers would stay where they are today, that has no scientific basis,” he said.

“We would have to shut down our economy more, more severely … causing more damage,” said Kenney.



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“I think we can see the light at the end of the tunnel here … Albertans have risen to the challenge … and we must continue to meet that challenge.”

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As of Wednesday, 1,310 Albertans had recovered from the new coronavirus and 113,499 tests had been performed.

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Hinshaw was asked what numbers Alberta should maintain in order to ease some restrictions.

“What we want to see is stable or declining hospitalizations and, ideally, a total number of stable or declining cases over one to two weeks.”

Hinshaw also explained that the decision would depend on the management of the outbreak site.










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Sharing medical supplies

The Premier has said that Alberta sent more medical supplies to Quebec earlier this week as the province is particularly affected by the new coronavirus and is expected to be about three weeks ahead of Alberta on the curve.

Kenney said that Quebec has more than 1,300 people hospitalized, “more than 10 times the number in Alberta … Our numbers are much, much lower and well below what we have modeled. “

According to him, Alberta sent 25 fans to Quebec on Monday “to save the lives of Canadians.” The premier added that Alberta still has “hundreds of fans more than we expected.”

Kenney said Alberta has 600 fans on hand. On average, patients (COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) would use approximately 100 ventilators per day in the province.

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Premier said Alberta equipment stock remains much larger than current and anticipated needs of the province, which is why Alberta shared equipment such as masks and gloves with other provinces.

“Later this week, we will send 20,000 procedural masks to the Northwest Territories,” said Kenney.










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Meat factories and oil sands outbreaks

Hinshaw said Wednesday that there were 96 cases of COVID-19 in workers linked to the JBS plant.

Hinshaw said there were 440 cases among workers at the Cargill meat plant. There are 580 cases in the community, including households, linked to the factory epidemic, but not necessarily workers.

AHS teams are working to reduce the spread to households connected to both the Cargill plant and the Brooks epidemic, she said.










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Occupational Health and Safety is investigating “potential worker exposure” to the new coronavirus at the Cargill and JBS plants.

Hinshaw confirmed that a JBS employee had died, but the cause of death is not known. It is not known that this is a case of COVID-19, she said, so an investigation is underway to determine the cause.

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With respect to the Kearl Lake oil sands site, there are 25 cases in Alberta, of which 10 are currently isolated at the labor camp, 15 off site. There are also seven plant-related cases outside of Alberta – five in British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan and one in Nova Scotia.

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The Prime Minister has stated that the two meat establishments that are facing outbreaks represent about 1% of the meat processing plants in Alberta.

“And, we have hundreds of oilfield sites … and to my knowledge, we’ve only seen one epidemic in one,” said Kenney.

Although the facilities are essential work for Alberta’s economy, the outbreaks are a reminder of the severity of the virus.

“We cannot – and cannot – reopen everything at once,” said the Prime Minister.



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“I hope that means we can start the recovery sooner than expected [but]… These localized epidemics call for caution. “










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If you are in good health, consider volunteering

The province has launched a website that will connect people who want to volunteer with organizations in need of help.

The site is called Alberta Cares Connector.

“During this unprecedented crisis, Albertans understand that the need for volunteerism and social support is urgent,” said Culture Minister Leela Aheer. “And, once again, they have demonstrated their commitment to their neighbors and their communities through selfless acts of service.”

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People can help:

· Volunteering in food banks
· Sewing masks or scouring bags for frontline health workers
· Provide meals to essential service workers, such as truckers
· Pick up groceries for those who cannot leave their homes
· Prepare and respond to the basic needs of vulnerable Albertans
· Blood donation via myaccount.blood.ca
· Donation of items to shelters in need

· Reach out to older adults through positive messages or phone calls.

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