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No new deaths, 126 additional cases of COVID-19 in Alberta

Last Updated Apr 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm MDT

Premier Jason Kenney announced 126 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. (Credit: Livestream, April 15)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Premier Jason Kenney announced Wednesday there are now 1,996 total cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.

In the last 24-hours, Kenney said 126 new cases had been identified.

As well, there are no new deaths to report, keeping the provincial total at 48.

A total of 44 people are in hospital as a result of COVID-19, with 10 of those being in ICU.

Kenney said Alberta is still testing at a higher rate than the other provinces and, with 2,853 tests being completed in the last day alone, 82,534 Albertans have been tested for COVID-19.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that a data centre outage means there are no updates to Alberta’s recovered cases, hospitalized cases or community care cases.

However, the new data should come out Thursday.

“We recognize that many Albertans are interested in the daily COVID-19 data and appreciate your patience,” Hinshaw said.

She then announced a new outbreak at the Kearl Oil Sands Project where three people tested positive for COVID-19.

An additional six people were tested and are now in isolation while awaiting their results.

Hinshaw said outbreak procedures are being followed at the site and she will provide an update when one is available.

“I thank the employees, managers, camp operators and employers for their continued diligence to keep these camps functional and contributing to Alberta’s economy positively during a very challenging time,” Hinshaw said.

Kenney addressed the possible mental and emotional strain the pandemic is putting on Albertans.

In a recent public opinion survey, Kenney said 74 per cent of Albertans say their mental health has been impacted by the pandemic, with a further 34 per cent saying they experience depressed or hopeless days.

Almost half of Albertans admitted to being worried about their future.

To help Albertans cope, Kenney announced that the government is investing $53 million into mental health support.

“This is by far the largest investment in mental health support for people coping with the pandemic in Canada,” Kenney added.