What you need to know today in Alberta
Alberta Health reported a new death on Saturday at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Center in Calgary. A total of 18 residents have died at home since the start of the epidemic last month.
Citing an excess of medical supplies in the province, Premier Jason Kenney announced Saturday that Alberta will send hundreds of thousands of N95 masks and other supplies to Ontario and British Columbia. and Quebec. Ontario will also receive 50 fans from Alberta.
All places of worship in Alberta have been ordered to close. Some offer online or television services instead.
Health officials are urging people to communicate with their families by phone or video chat, and to place treats or turkey dinners on the doorstep, while staying at least two meters from each other.
Muslims will face similar challenges later this month, when Ramadan begins on April 23.
Emergency Measures Act rejected by provincial premiers
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he hopes he will never have to use the Canadian Emergency Act, but has started discussions on the possibility.
On Thursday, the 13 Prime Ministers of Canada reached rapid consensus, saying that now is not the time to invoke the groundbreaking law.
The Emergency Act would give the federal government broad powers to regulate or prohibit travel, requisition and use of goods, order qualified people to provide essential services, regulate the distribution of goods, resources and services and establish emergency shelters and hospitals.
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By law, Ottawa could redirect medical supplies – masks, ventilators and COVID-19 test equipment – to pandemic hotspots in need.
On Thursday, the Prime Ministers and the Prime Minister had a two-hour phone call to discuss what would happen to the economy once the pandemic is over. They discussed in particular the impact on Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador dependent on oil.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the loss of 117,000 jobs in Alberta, with young workers being the hardest hit.
Helping the neighbors
Albertans are stepping in to help their neighbors this week in the face of the growing pandemic.
Truckers “shed a few tears” after receiving free hot meals at Redcliff as a thank you for their work during the pandemic.
An RV company helped healthcare workers live in their aisles, close to their families but separated, so as not to risk transmitting the new coronavirus.
A Calgarian prepares care packages and places them at people’s doors. The baskets are full of necessities but also include masks, flowers and handwritten notes.
Number of cases
As of the Saturday afternoon Alberta Health update, there were 1,569 cases in Alberta and a total of 40 people died.
On Friday, seven more deaths – the largest daily increase to date – were added to the list. This included four recently reported deaths at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Center in Calgary.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw said nursing homes were particularly affected and would now be subject to more stringent guidelines. All nursing home staff are now required to wear masks at all times when providing patient care or when working in care areas within two meters of each other.
The majority of cases continue to be in the Calgary area.
The regional distribution of cases is as follows:
- Calgary area: 976.
- Edmonton area: 388.
- North Zone: 99.
- Central area: 72.
- South Zone: 30.
- Unknown: 4.
Over 70,000 Albertans have been tested for COVID-19.
The Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health is expected to provide an update on COVID-19 on Monday.
What you need to know today in Canada
More information continues to be revealed on Canada’s readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic, as the world’s death toll surpassed 100,000 on Friday.
A new CBC report found that a specialized branch of military intelligence began issuing warnings and detailed analyzes in early January about the emergence of the deadly new coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
The recently released briefing notes also highlighted the speed with which the COVID-19 situation has evolved in Canada. In just a few weeks, public health officials have gone from lowering the risk of transmission in Canada to closing the border and recommending far-reaching physical distancing measures.
As of Sunday morning, Canada had counted more than 23,500 cases of the new coronavirus.
Parliament returns for a rare Saturday session to vote on a wage subsidy program.
Alberta health services have an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms.
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.
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All residents of the Calgary area with symptoms are now eligible for COVID-19 testing. The online self-assessment tool now allows users to directly enter their information to request a test.
You can find the latest updates from Alberta Health Services coronaviruses here.