What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday May 8

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What you need to know today in Alberta:

The pandemic did not unfold in the same way in all regions of Alberta, High River and Brooks being submerged, while the northern regions were largely spared.

Even in the two largest cities, the difference between infection levels has been pronounced.

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Some cities are looking for ways to modify outdoor spaces to allow for physical distance, including closing roads to traffic. 1:57

To that end, Premier Jason Kenney said Thursday that not all regions of the province will open at the same time and on the same schedule. More are expected to be announced on Tuesday as the May 14 target for the first phase of a stimulus draws near.

Meanwhile, Alberta’s chief health officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, continues to warn Albertans that the virus has not gone away and that they must remain cautious.

Doctors in Alberta, apparently spared the worst pandemic projections, are now preparing for a different battle with the province over wages, negotiations and reform of Alberta’s health care system.

On Thursday afternoon, the province announced 54 new cases and two more deaths.

Here is the regional distribution of cases at Thursday :.

  • Calgary zoned: 4.044.
  • South zoned: 1,124.
  • Edmonton zoned: 505.
  • North zoned: 226.
  • Central zoned: 94.
  • Unknown: 24.

What you need to know today in Canada:

Canada lost nearly two million jobs in April – a record – while the COVID-19 crisis devastated the national economy. Statistics Canada’s Labor Force Survey data released on Friday brings the total number of jobs lost during the crisis to more than three million.

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Between March and April, the unemployment rate fell from 7.8% to 13%.

At 7:00 a.m.ET, Canada had close to 65,000 confirmed and presumptive cases, and a count of coronavirus deaths from provincial data, regional health information and CBC reports puts it at 4524.

Self-assessment and support:

Alberta health services have an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada from other countries must isolate themselves. 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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You can find The latest updates from Alberta Health Services coronaviruses here.

The province also operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and a substance abuse help line at 1-866-332-2322, available 7 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. week.

Online Resources are available for advice on managing stressful situations and how to speak with children.

There is a 24-hour family violence information line at 310-1818 for anonymous help in over 170 languages, and One Line for Alberta Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000 , from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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