Alberta announces phase 2 of free mask program, 230 additional COVID-19 cases registered since Friday


Starting today, Albertans will again be able to receive non-medical masks for free in several locations across the province to stop the spread of COVID-19.Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Premier Jason Kenney made the announcement Monday afternoon as Alberta’s chief medical officer of health confirmed another 230 COVID-19 cases in the province, which were identified at in the last three days.

The masks will again be available at A&W, Tim Hortons and McDonald’s Canada stores. This time, Albertans can pick up masks while driving or inside the store counter.

“After consulting with our partner restaurants, we determined that store pickup could be done safely,” said Shandro.

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The province is providing an additional 20 million masks in phase 2.

“I highly recommend that we all wear masks every time we go out and that we cannot be two meters apart from others, especially in indoor spaces,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health from Alberta.

“Wearing one is the right thing to do. “

In addition to the partner restaurants, masks will also be available in First Nations and Métis establishments, courthouses, libraries, public transit services in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer, places of worship and organizations social services and care facilities for the elderly.

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A full list of locations where the masks will be distributed is available on the government website.

Masks will also be provided to municipalities that do not have a partner restaurant, said Shandro.

“We are proud to be the first and still the only province in Canada to do so,” he said. “We strongly recommend that Albertans follow the physical distance guidelines and wear a mask when this is not possible.”

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Kenney argued that the province is not trying to make masks mandatory in indoor spaces, saying Alberta cannot make its way out of the pandemic. He urged all Albertans to follow public health measures, including wearing masks when physical distance is not possible.

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“We have not finished with COVID, but we are learning to live with it and our future success depends entirely on not lowering our guard,” he said.

Although masks can slow the spread of COVID-19, Hinshaw said they were not the only response to the pandemic. She continues to urge Albertans to practice good hygiene, to stay two meters away from someone who is not in your family or cohort, and to follow all public health recommendations at home, at work and in your spare time.

On Monday afternoon, the city of Edmonton also announced that it was asking the public what people think of mandatory masks in public places. The survey will be launched on the city’s website on July 14 and is available until July 21.

Daily numbers

The province no longer provides updated COVID-19 figures over the weekend.

Since Friday’s update, the province has confirmed another 230 COVID-19 cases in the province.

Of these, 54 cases were confirmed on Friday, 96 cases were confirmed on Saturday and 80 cases were confirmed on Sunday.

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Saturday marked the most confirmed cases in Alberta since 96 were confirmed on May 10.

Another Albertan died of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 161. According to the province, a man in the 1980s who lived in the North zone died. He was not connected to a continuing care facility.

As of Monday, there were 45 Albertans hospitalized with COVID-19, including 10 in intensive care.

To date, 7,989 Albertans have recovered and the province has completed 540,102 tests.

There are currently 676 active cases in the province. Of these, the majority are in the Calgary area with 267. There are 199 active cases in the Edmonton area, 35 in the central area, 110
in the South zone and 53 in the North zone. There are 12 active cases that are not associated with a known area.

Although exact figures were not provided, Hinshaw said there were more confirmed cases from unknown sources today than a week ago.

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According to Kenney, 55% of active cases in the province are under 40 years of age and there has been a “particular increase” in confirmed cases among people aged 20 to 39.

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Although no region is currently subject to additional health measures, there are two regions on the province’s stimulus map due to the number of confirmed cases that are classified as “to watch”.

Warner County No. 5 in southern Alberta has 40 active cases, while Mackenzie County in northern Alberta has 13 active cases.

A region is classified in the “surveillance” category when there are at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000, depending on the province.

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