EDMONTON (660 NEEWS) – One more Albertan has died from COVID-19.
During Thursday’s provincial update, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the death was a resident at a Calgary continuing care facility.
This comes as there are 50 new COVID-19 cases.
– 1 new death in Calgary, now up to 121 total
– 50 news cases in Alberta, now up to 6,457
– 65 hospitalized, incl. 10 icu
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As of Thursday, 65 people are in hospital, 10 of which have been admitted to the ICU.
So far, 5,205 Albertans have recovered from the virus, leaving 1,131 active cases.
Even though there has been a decline in cases numbers across the province, outbreaks in continuing care facilities and worksites continue to be the top priority.
“There are 100 active cases from outbreaks in continuing care facilities and 569 residents who have now fully recovered. We continue to monitor all of our outbreaks very closely, working with the operators to contain the spread and making sure that all public health measures are being taken seriously,” Hinshaw said.
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Following the new numbers, Hinshaw also spoke on Alberta’s relaunch strategy.
“I have also heard concerns from Calgarians and residents of Brooks who are feeling that it is unfair that we are taking a more gradual approach to relaunch in their communities.”
Phase one of the province’s relaunch strategy means retail businesses, museums and daycares can open their doors to the public.
However, during Wednesday’s provincial update, Premier Jason Kenney said there will be a delay for certain businesses like restaurants, hair salons, and barbershops in Calgary and Brooks to open back up given the higher case numbers in those cities.
“These businesses will be able to resume on May 25,” Hinshaw added and explained why the province extended closures in Calgary and Brooks.
“The reason for this ten-day wait is to allow us to monitor any increase in spread, caused by the opening of retail, daycares, and other activities in these communities where there is a higher baseline rate – this relaunch will require patience from all of us and continued practice of public health measures so we can continue with our relaunch plans as quickly as possible,” she said.
Hinshaw says within the first seven days of opening, businesses must fill out a template that can be found on the Alberta Biz Connect website to let customers know that the place of work is taking the appropriate health measures.
The template can be uploaded to the website or posted at the worksite.
Funeral and worship places must do the same.
Speaking on the allowed capacity at each business for phase one, Hinshaw said restaurants who are opening for dine-in service can only have 50 per cent of the total capacity. No more than six people at a table and each table must be two metres apart from the rest.
Worship places are only allowed to have one-third of the typical worship attendance or about 50 people.
For places of worship, allowing 1/3 of typical congregation or fifty people (whichever is less). Hinshaw adds people should not hang out after going to a place of worship and instead connect in digital ways like we have been doing before.
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Hinshaw says they have not set a capacity number for retail stores as each store is a different size, but that it is up to the store managers to ensure safe social distancing is taking place.