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“Who am I protecting today?” Albertans urged to keep at-risk population safe

Two elderly woman wear face masks as they chat on a city bench in Montreal, Sunday, May 31, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Alberta government is issuing a reminder to all citizens that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat, especially for the province’s at-risk population.

The province is calling on Albertans to stay home in case of illness, practise social distancing, wear non-medical masks in public and wash hands regularly.

There are currently 509 active COVID-19 cases in Alberta.

“Every one of us acts as a shield that protects our friends, families and neighbours from this virus,” said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw in a release. “By taking simple, everyday actions, we can help limit the spread, particularly to those most at risk of COVID-19.

“Every time we step out the door, we should ask ourselves: ‘Who am I protecting today?’”

The virus continues to target the province’s elderly population and people with underlying medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

As of Saturday, 139 of the 154 deaths in Alberta were people over the age of 70. The average age of a death from COVID-19 is 83.

There are presently 14 active cases at continuing care facilities, where 117 people have died.

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“We are extending critical supports put in place to protect those most at risk, including residents in continuing care facilities,” said Minister of Health Tyler Shandro. “This includes provincewide funding to help cover costs arising from COVID-19 protective measures and help seniors to remain safe at home.”

The Alberta government is spending $14.2 million per month on the province’s seniors care centres until health orders are dropped. Alberta is also planning to distribute 20 million non-medical masks to residents in July.