What you need to know today in Alberta:
The majority of deaths recorded in Alberta by COVID-19 occur in continuing care homes and it outbreaks in nine establishments. Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said this is a worrisome trend and part of the problem is that staff can work in more than one facility.
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Economically, the chief economist of ATB has warned of the worst contraction in the history of the province and that it permanently change Alberta’s economy.
Below is a breakdown of cases and deaths by region in Alberta, but you can also read a more detailed breakdown of statistics and their meaning.
- Calgary zoned: 671 cases, 11 deaths.
- Edmonton zoned: 263 cases, 4 deaths.
- Central zoned: 62 cases.
- North zoned: 57 cases, 3 deaths.
- South zoned: 16.
- Unknown: 6.
What you need to know today in Canada:
Some ask for more information on what drives government decisions when businesses are locked and people are locked up. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said information will come nationally, but Ottawa needs more data from the provinces and territories.
On Friday, however, Canada got a glimpse of some of this data as Ontario Premier Doug Ford released provincial projections and models that the virus could kill between 3,000 and 15,000 and could suffer the effects for two years.
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As of Saturday morning, Canada had 12,549 confirmed and suspected cases, with 219 deaths. The provinces and territories that report information on recovered cases reported 2,296 resolved or recovered cases.
Two deaths of Canadians abroad related to COVID-19 have also been reported – one in Japan and one in Brazil.
Public health officials warn that the numbers of reported cases do not provide a complete picture of the scale of the epidemic, as the data do not capture those who have not been tested and cases that are still under investigation.
Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, has urged people nationwide to practice physical distance and behave as if there were COVID-19 in their community, even if there are no known cases.
There is also evidence that asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers are help stop the spread of the virus.
Alberta health services have an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Testing is focused on those most at risk of, or at greatest risk of spreading, the virus.
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The province says Albertans who returned to Canada after March 12 must spend 14 days in solitary confinement. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before consulting a doctor, hospital, or other health care facility.
If you have symptoms, however mild, you should isolate yourself for 10 days from the start of symptoms.
You can find the latest updates from Alberta Health Services coronaviruses here.