Deena Hinshaw said this means that summer events and festivals across Alberta will have to be canceled.
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She said that many event organizers have already decided to cancel or postpone, but hoped that the announcement would bring clarity to others waiting for her leadership.
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Hinshaw said the mass rally rule would be re-evaluated in the fall, but did not say exactly when.
“I know that summer festivals and events are extremely important to many people,” she said.
“This decision was not taken lightly. But we must do everything to prevent the spread of COVID-19. “
Hinshaw explained that events such as festivals and concerts can act as “super diffusers”, where “one sick person can expose many others to the virus – spreading COVID-19 in households, communities and even on great geographic distances ”.
“A single case of COVID-19 can spread like wildfire in groups. “
She reiterated that the rules for mass gathering also apply outside. People cannot gather in groups of more than 15 people and in groups of less than 15 people, each must maintain a physical separation of at least six feet.
“Albertans are not allowed to attend an event that violates these orders,” said Hinshaw.
She also advised people to avoid visiting summer homes and any non-essential travel.
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“I know it’s incredibly disappointing. We are all looking forward to summer, “said Hinshaw.
“This virus has taken a lot from us and this is another loss to absorb. “
Hinshaw said there are still activities that Albertans can safely do outside, including walks and gardening.
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COVID-19 figures for Thursday
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Alberta Health has announced 319 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial total to 3,720.
“One of the new cases we are reporting today occurred in a Sofina Foods worker in the Calgary area,” said Hinshaw. “To date, this is the only case identified in this factory, so it is not considered to be an epidemic.
“AHS is working with the plant to ensure that preventative measures are in place and that plant operations have slowed due to the number of employees currently in segregation. AHS offers tests to all employees, even those who have no symptoms. “
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Two other people died from the virus.
“These two additional deaths are the ones I mentioned yesterday regarding Brooks, which have now both been confirmed as COVID-19 cases,” said Hinshaw. One death was a JBS Foods employee and the other was a family contact of an employee.
“My sincere condolences go out to all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.”
Alberta has recorded a total of 68 COVID-19 deaths.
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Of the total cases, 1,357 have recovered, Hinshaw said.
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Concerns related to epidemics
Hinshaw said his biggest concerns are outbreaks in continuing care centers – where there are now 390 confirmed cases – and outbreaks in meat plants in High Prairie and Brooks.
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There are now 480 confirmed cases at the Cargill plant and 124 confirmed cases among employees and contractors at the JBS Foods factory in Brooks.
Alberta sees 319 new cases, 2 new deaths from COVID-19 Thursday
“I know these numbers can be alarming,” said Hinshaw. “We strive to ensure that each epidemic is aggressively acted upon as soon as it is identified so that it can end as quickly as possible.
“I want to assure Albertans that these aggressive hatching measures are implemented and effective.”
“Unfortunately, the long incubation period of COVID-19 means that we will continue to see new cases in the coming days, as exposures that occurred before epidemic measures were put in place may continue to cause new cases until ‘at two weeks,’ she said. Explain.
“These epidemics are a painful reminder of COVID-19’s ability to spread quickly when the opportunity arises. “
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App to help track contacts
Hinshaw announced Thursday that Alberta is in the final stages of testing a contact finder application.
“This mobile application will be entirely voluntary and will speed up the follow-up of contacts that health officials make when someone tests positive for the virus. “
The app will use Bluetooth to record if the user has contacted a person who tested positive for COVID-19, she said.
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“Albertans will have [a] the choice to download the app and all the information collected is stored on people’s personal phones, not with the government, “she said.
“The app does not track the geographic locations of Albertans. “
Hinshaw said these apps have already been used effectively in Singapore and South Korea.
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She said the team had been in touch with the Privacy Commissioner about the app and that it will likely be available in the coming weeks.
In a message posted on its website, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta said it received an overview of the program earlier in April, but did not receive detailed information. .
“The Government of Alberta is committed to providing a privacy impact assessment of this initiative, and we look forward to considering it when it is received,” said Commissioner Jill Clayton in a communicated.
“As this application rolls out, it will be important that the Government of Alberta provide Albertans with a clear and easy-to-understand description of privacy practices.
“Knowing in plain language what types of personal information may be collected, how it will be used and under what circumstances it will be disclosed will help people choose to choose to use the app. “
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Streamlining PPE Requests
Hinshaw also said that the Alberta Health Service has developed an easier approach to ensuring that personal protective equipment is available to all health workers, including specialists and community physicians.
She said that community specialists can now order PPE through the contact point in their AHS area.
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