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Province provides more funding to care facilities, no new deaths related to COVID-19

Last Updated May 20, 2020 at 6:23 am MDT

Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — In Tuesday’s COVID-19 update, the Alberta government announced it will be providing more funding to continuing care facilities in the province.

Minister of Health Tyler Shandro said operators will receive $14 million per month bringing a total of $170 million per year.

The funding will be retroactive to March 15 and will cover staffing, cleaning supplies, loss of revenue, and will be in effect until public health orders are lifted.

“It’s essential that we ensure these facilities have the tools and they have the resources that they need to protect their residents and their staff,” Shandro said.

“This funding increase is the right thing to do for vulnerable seniors and it’s also a critical part of our relaunch strategy in Alberta.”

Facilities will need to report the use of these funds and will need to return money not spent on COVID-19-related purposes.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw also provided an update on new COVID-19 numbers in Alberta.

There were 33 new cases and no additional deaths related to the virus in the past 24 hours.

Currently, there are only 1,004 active cases with 810 in the Calgary zone.

In total, this brings the provincial numbers to 6,716 confirmed cases with 5,854 recoveries and 128 deaths.