The Alberta government reported 98 new cases of COVID-19 and another death on Monday.
There are now 1,348 cases of new coronavirus in Alberta – one month after the province reported its first case. A total of 361 Albertans have recovered from this life-threatening illness.
Province-wide deaths increased to 24 after death of 80-year-old woman at McKenzie Towne long-term care home in Calgary, where a total of 11 residents died after contracting COVID- 19, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
NEW TEST GUIDELINES
According to the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta is second behind Australia in screening rates, with 64,183 tests.
In addition to at-risk populations and health care workers, Alberta health services will now test workers in group homes and shelters, first responders, correctional staff and those involved in enforcing the COVID-19 law who have symptoms of coronavirus, such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath and runny nose.
“It is extremely important that in addition to performing as many tests as possible, we are also determined in our tests,” said Hinshaw. “This means that the groups available for testing will change as we evolve in the evolution of the pandemic and our testing capacity will evolve.
“Identifying infections in all of these groups will help us prevent spread to high-risk populations living in tight neighborhoods, more closely trace community transmission along screening groups and provide more valuable information on the effects public health measures. “
Beginning on Tuesday, Albertans 65 years of age or older with symptoms of COVID-19 will also be tested.
The top doctor in Alberta also noted that not everyone feels sick does not need to be tested. Instead, Albertans outside of these test groups are asked to stay at home to prevent a possible spread of COVID-19 and to complete the AHS online self-assessment.