Alberta Government - 5 Active Cases Of COVID-19 In Three Hills/Highway21 Area, 3 in Didsbury, 1 in Olds

Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health says over the past two weeks 780 new cases have been identified in the province. Dr. Deena Hinshaw notes 57 per cent of those cases are people under the age of 40 and 30 per cent have not been linked to any known source. She says this is a reminder that COVID-19 can spread quickly and cases can rise rapidly if we don't all do our part.

86 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been discovered in Alberta in the last 24 hours based on 5800 tests.

There are 701 total active cases in the province.

The Central Zone now has 48 active cases. The geospatial map on the alberta.ca website is showing 5 active cases in the Three Hills/Highway 21 area, 3 in Didsbury, and 1 in Olds.

There are 295 active cases in the Calgary Zone and 198 in the Edmonton Zone.

As Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and the Premier both mentioned yesterday, they are concerned about the recent rise in cases they are seeing.

There have been 2 additional deaths increasing the provincial death toll to 163.

55 individuals are currently hospitalized with 13 of them in intensive care units.

8, 048 Albertans have now recovered.

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Latest updates

  • 86 additional cases bring the number of total active cases to 701.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • Calgary zone: 295 active cases and 5,250 recovered
    • South zone: 104 active cases and 1,315 recovered
    • Edmonton zone: 198 active cases and 1,055 recovered
    • North zone: 50 active cases and 321 recovered
    • Central zone: 48 active cases and 92 recovered 
    • Six active cases and 15 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
    • Additional information, including case totals, is online.
  • To date, 966 cases have an unknown exposure.
  • So far, labs have performed 545,902 tests on 470,871 Albertans, with 5,801 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • There are two new deaths to report.
    • Total number of deaths is 163: 112 in the Calgary zone; 21 in the Edmonton zone; 17 in the North zone; 12 in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
  • There are 22 active cases and 754 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 119 facility residents have died.

Daily case updates

  • Daily case numbers are now updated every weekday and paused on holidays and weekends.
  • Weekend and holiday case numbers are reported the next available business day.
  • Daily breakdowns of the data will continue to keep Albertans fully informed. Government will alert Albertans if urgent developments occur on a weekend.

Misericordia Hospital

  • Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital remains closed to new patients because of a COVID-19 outbreak: 17 patients and 17 staff have tested positive. There have been no new cases since July 11.
  • Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health are monitoring the situation. For updates, please visit covenanthealth.ca.

Access to justice

  • With court sittings relaunched provincewide, the Court of Queen’s Bench suspended the pandemic closure’s emergency/urgent hearing request process; requests now are directed to the court’s remote regular (morning) chambers.
  • The Court of Queen’s Bench will hold some short hearings in July and August for judge-alone criminal trials via WebEx video and in-person, in courtrooms with COVID precautions.
  • The Court of Queen’s Bench and provincial court are increasing in-person hearings. Everyone entering an Alberta courthouse must wear a face mask.
  • Details on these three developments are at albertacourts.ca.

Alberta’s recovery plan

  • Alberta has launched a recovery plan to create jobs, accelerate economic diversification and ensure a strong future for our economy.

Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch

  • The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Businesses are encouraged to check for new and updated guidance documents.
  • A template on the website can help businesses plan how to protect employees and patrons from infection. Completing the template is voluntary.

Albertans downloading tracer app

  • The ABTraceTogether app enhances manual contact tracing and capacity, and facilitates early detection. It means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
  • Use of the app is voluntary; users must opt in. The app currently has 224,995 registered users.
  • Privacy is protected. The app does not track a user’s physical location or use GPS. All contact data is only on the user’s phone and is deleted after 21 days.  
  • Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.

Mental health supports

  • Confidential supports are available to help with mental health concerns. The Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 and the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources at mentalhealthweek.ca.
  • The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
  • Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

Family violence prevention

  • A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides anonymous help in more than 170 languages.
  • Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an Emergency Protection Order. The requirement for in-person applications is temporarily suspended.
  • Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.

Quick facts

  • Good hygiene is the most important measure to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
    • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
  • Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
  • The Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is available to Albertans Monday to Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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