Alberta reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

Alberta reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

While travel into Alberta has dropped in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said it's still causing new cases in the province, with most of the imported cases coming from the United States.

A similar checkpoint will be established at the Coutts border crossing as part of the second phase of the plan.

However, Alberta's death toll from the virus stayed static at 128, as one previously reported death - also at Extendicare Hillcrest - was determined not to be related to COVID-19.

There are now 1,004 active cases provincewide, with 61 people hospitalized.

There are now 58 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, seven of whom are in intensive-care units, decreases in both metrics from Tuesday.

Brooks and Calgary are seeing a more gradual reopening given the higher number of cases in those two cities.

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Hinshaw noted that even once the province reopens, "we are not going back to the way our society was before the pandemic".

"[But] this week is going to be critical."

"We must continue to protect each other as we move slowly into opening businesses and some social activities", Hinshaw said.

Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta is enacting the strongest public health measures in the country for global travellers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Government of Alberta has announced funding for facilities such as long-term care homes, designated supportive facilities, and seniors' lodges. Elevated body temperature is a potential symptom of COVID-19.

Just under 219,000 tests have been completed since the onset of the pandemic. Alberta has the capacity to test up to 7,000 people per day. Now, this week's COVID-19 numbers will determine Calgary's fate.

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