What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta – March 2020 Archive

A man uses a hand sanitizer station at the Eaton Centre amid coronavirus fears spreading in Toronto on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Carlos Osorio, Canadian Press

CBC News Calgary March 31, 2020

March 2020 Daily history
What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday, March 31

Alberta has now reported 754 cases.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta rose to 754 on Tuesday. CBC

Are your groceries and food deliveries safe? Your daily COVID-19 questions answered

The majority of Alberta’s COVID-19 cases continue to be located in Calgary. March 31, 2020 CBC

New COVID-19 cases reported daily in Alberta, by health zone. Numbers reflect total number of known cases. Actual number of cases (including undetected / unconfirmed cases) is higher, but not measured. Alberta also started changing its testing protocol to focus on high-risk patients and health-care staff as of March 23. March 30, especially, saw lower test volumes. March 31, 2020 CBC

Number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, by day. Figures represent the number of patients currently in hospital each day. Figures are NOT cumulative. March 31, 2020 CBC

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, March 30

Eight Albertans have died due to COVID-19, and the number of cases in the province has risen to 690. CBC

  • Five more Albertans have died due to COVID-19, bringing the total deaths in the province on Monday to eight.
  • A female in her 70s in Calgary, a female in her 50s in Calgary, two men in their 80s in Edmonton, and a man in his 30s in the north zone have died.
  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said 29 more cases were confirmed on Monday, bringing the total to 690.
  • If you are quarantined, you are allowed to go outdoors only on your own property for the duration of your 14 days of self-isolation. You cannot have guests over or go to the grocery store or pharmacy, Hinshaw said. If you live in an apartment building, you cannot use the elevator or stairwell of the building.
  • Hinshaw said those self-isolation rules apply to anyone ordered to quarantine, whether they are feeling well or have symptoms.
  • The outbreak at a Calgary care home continues, with 36 possible or confirmed cases among residents and five among staff at the McKenzie Towne care facility.
  • Alberta has bought rapid testing devices for COVID-19 that can deliver results in less than an hour.
  • The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Public Library are laying off 2,100 employees.
  • The City of Calgary is laying off on-call and casual employees, but the number affected is not yet known.
  • The Calgary International Airport announced partial terminal closures starting on March 31.
  • A report is calling for the rapid accreditation of foreign-trained doctors to fight the pandemic.
  • More than 800 doctors sign letter urging provincial government to rethink health-care revamp.
  • Albertans are having a hard time accessing the province’s emergency support payments.
  • Alberta farmers are concerned about disruptions in supply chains.
  • Parents are worried after the Alberta government cuts thousands of education jobs.
  • A southeast Calgary senior’s home now has 26 confirmed cases.

Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta — and what they mean

New COVID-19 cases reported daily in Alberta, by health zone. March 30, 2020 CBC

Number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, by day. Figures are NOT cumulative. March 30, 2020 CBC

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Sunday, March 29

Alberta confirmed 40 additional cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and a third person has died.

There are now 661 cases of COVID-19 in the province. CBC

  • An 80-year-old Calgary woman became the third Albertan to die due to COVID-19.
  • On Sunday afternoon, the province confirmed 40 more cases, bringing the total to 661. Up to 60 of those cases may have been caused by community transmission.
  • 41 people are in hospital, and 14 in intensive care. 73 people have recovered from COVID-19.
  • The province said its next press briefing would be held on Monday.
  • There are now 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the McKenzie Towne care home in Calgary.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $9 million in funding through United Way Canada to help the country’s older population get groceries, medication and other critical items, along with $7.5 million in funding to Kids Help Phone.
  • More than 44,000 people have been tested.
  • Trudeau announced new rules for domestic travel Saturday morning. Any travellers showing signs of COVID-19 will be denied boarding on all domestic flights and inter-city passenger trains as of Monday at noon.
  • Public gatherings in Alberta will now be restricted to 15 people or fewer, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, at Friday’s news conference.
  • The province announced some relief for renters as part of Friday’s news conference.
  • Alberta has banned vehicle access to its provincial parks and recreation areas.
  • Calgary also banned all team sports such as cricket, baseball, basketball, Frisbee and football (whether organized or informal), closed skate parks and said that although sport courts and fields could stay open, they could only be used for biking or walking.
  • Calgary is closing portions of some roads to cars in order to free up space for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Alberta is looking to free up 2,250 hospital beds to deal with the pandemic.
  • The Alberta government will provide additional disaster funds to help farmers.

New COVID-19 cases reported daily in Alberta, by health zone. March 29, 2020 CBC

COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals. Reported in terms of number of patients on a given day. Numbers are NOT Cumulative. March 29, 2020 CBC

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, March 28

Public gatherings in Alberta were limited to 15 people or fewer on Friday.

There are 621 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta as of Saturday. CBC

  • 79 additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Alberta on Saturday, bringing the province’s total to 621. Up to 54 of the 621 cases could be due to community transmission.
  • In total, 38 people in the province have been hospitalized and 12 admitted to intensive care. Two people have died. 53 people have recovered.
  • More than 41,000 people have been tested.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new rules for domestic travel Saturday morning. Any travellers showing signs of COVID-19 will be denied boarding on all domestic flights and inter-city passenger trains as of Monday at noon.
  • Public gatherings in Alberta will now be restricted to 15 people or fewer, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, at Friday’s news conference.
  • There are no press briefings scheduled from the province this weekend, but new numbers will be announced.
  • The province announced some relief for renters as part of Friday’s news conference.
  • Alberta has banned vehicle access to its provincial parks and recreation areas.
  • Calgary also banned all team sports such as cricket, baseball, basketball, Frisbee and football (whether organized or informal), closed skate parks and said that although sport courts and fields could stay open, they could only be used for biking or walking.
  • Calgary is closing portions of some roads to cars in order to free up space for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Alberta is looking to free up 2,250 hospital beds to deal with the pandemic.
  • The Alberta government will provide additional disaster funds to help farmers.

New senior hotline ensures older population receives help during pandemic

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, March 27

Calgary is considering closing some lanes on roads to limit community transmission.

On Friday, 56 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, bringing the total in the province to 542. The province will not hold press briefings this weekend, but new numbers will be announced. CBC

  • Public gatherings in Alberta will now be restricted to 15 people or fewer, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, at Friday’s news conference.
  • There are 56 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, bringing the total in the province to 542.
  • The province announced some relief for renters as part of Friday’s news conference.
  • Alberta has banned vehicle access to its provincial parks and recreation areas.
  • Calgary emergency officials ordered the closure Friday of personal-care businesses such as hair and nail salons, businesses offering non-essential physiotherapy and massage therapy, and body rub parlours.
  • Calgary also banned all team sports such as cricket, baseball, basketball, Frisbee and football (whether organized or informal), closed skate parks and said that although sport courts and fields could stay open, they could only be used for biking or walking.
  • Calgary is closing portions of some roads to cars in order to free up space for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Alberta is looking to free up 2,250 hospital beds to deal with the pandemic.
  • The Alberta government will provide additional disaster funds to help farmers.
  • 67 new cases were reported on Thursday afternoon, bringing the Alberta total to 486.
  • In a southeast Calgary care home, there are 13 confirmed cases and one death as of Thursday evening.

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday, March 26

New rules announced as virus starts to infiltrate care homes in the province.

There are new rules in place for care homes in Alberta as the coronavirus spreads. CBC

He didn’t know mother was in isolation at seniors home until someone in full protective gear wandered in 

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, March 25

Alberta reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total to 419.

Alberta reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total so far to 419. CBC News

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The majority of Alberta’s COVID-19 cases are located in the Calgary zone, with 250 confirmed as of March 25. CBC News

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday, March 24

Government providing new grants to agencies that work with vulnerable Albertans as cases rise.

Calgary continues to lead the province in cases, with 214 confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 358 in Alberta. CBC
  • There are 57 new cases in Alberta, bringing the total to 358.
  • On Tuesday, Alberta chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Alberta now has seen its second death from COVID-19, a woman in her 80s at McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in Calgary. Two other residents and a staff member have tested positive, and 11 others at the centre are showing symptoms.
  • The care centre said the woman developed symptoms on March 22 and tested positive on March 23. Residents in the affected area of the home are isolated in their rooms and staff are wearing PPE.
  • WestJet laid off 6,900 employees on Tuesday, almost half of its entire workforce, due to impact of COVID-19.
  • Parks Canada is closing vehicle access to national parks, national historic sties and marine conservation areas starting on Wednesday.
  • Agencies that work with vulnerable Albertans like the homeless will be able to apply for $30 million in new grants this week.
  • Suncor is the latest energy company to announce a massive spending cut in the wake of low crude prices and the impact of the virus.
  • The four First Nations of Maskwcis have declared a state of emergency.
  • Alberta realtors are now banned from hosting open houses.

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, March 23

Province shifts testing protocol to focus on those most at risk as virus spreads.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Sunday, March 22

Cases continue to climb and Alberta’s economy continues to be hammered.

  • Alberta has 33 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s total to 259 cases.
  • Of those cases, 18 are in hospital, seven have been admitted to intensive care and one patient has died. Three people have recovered. A list of cases by age, gender, and health zone is available on the province’s website.
  • Alberta’s Emergency Management Agency have set up a web site in response to offers from individuals or businesses to help respond to the pandemic.
  • Dr. Marcia Johnson, Alberta’s deputy chief medical officer of health, provided an update on Saturday. She said an enforcement plan is being put in place to allow health inspectors to monitor large gatherings of people, and for police to possibly implement fines.
  • The province’s next daily update will be held on Monday.
  • The City of Camrose is the latest Alberta municipality to declare a state of local emergency.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says more aid is on the way, adding that the $82-billion financial package announced to offset the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is just “a very first step.”
  • Two additonal cases of COVID-19 at the University of Calgary have prompted the university to advise faculty and staff to work from home until further notice.
  • Some Alberta daycares will reopen next week for kids of health-care and ‘critical’ staff, Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday.
  • Alberta homeless shelters, like the Mustard Seed and Drop-In Centre, will receive a financial boost from the province to help implement social distancing measures.
  • Goodwill thrift stores and donation centres across the province have been temporarily shut down.
  • Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is encouraging anyone who sees an individual or business that is violating orders under the local state of emergency to report it to 311.
  • Grade 12 diploma exams have been cancelled, but students can request an exam if there are special circumstances.
  • The Alberta government said it would provide front-line medical staff and funding to help shelter the homeless during the pandemic.
  • Alberta’s first COVID-19 death was announced Thursday afternoon. No additional deaths have been reported in the province since Friday.
  • The province’s credit rating has been downgraded in light of a budget that is “no longer valid,” as the price of oil continues to batter the bottom line.
  • Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson declared a state of local emergency on Friday.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, March 21

Cases continue to climb and Alberta’s economy continues to be hammered.

  • Alberta has 31 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the province’s total to 226 cases.
  • Dr. Marcia Johnson, Alberta deputy chief medical officer of health, provided an update at 3:30 pm Saturday. She said up to 16 of the new cases may be due to community transmission. Six people are in the ICU, and 11 in total have been hospitalized.
  • Johnson says an enforcement plan is being put in place to allow health inspectors to monitor large gatherings of people, and for police to possibly implement fines.
  • The province’s next daily update will be held on Monday.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is doing all it can to help bring home Canadians who are stranded abroad due to COVID-19 travel clampdowns, but conceded it won’t be able to help everyone.
  • The Calgary Flames Foundation announced it will provide $1.15 million to local organizations for community relief. The money will be distributed next week.
  • Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the University of Calgary have been linked to an event involving more than 50 doctors.
  • Some Alberta daycares will reopen next week for kids of health-care and ‘critical’ staff, Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday.
  • Alberta homeless shelters, like the Mustard Seed and Drop-In Centre, will receive a financial boost from the province to help implement social distancing measures.
  • Goodwill thrift stores and donation centres across the province have been temporarily shut down.
  • Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is encouraging anyone who sees an individual or business that is violating orders under the local state of emergency to report it to 311.
  • Grade 12 diploma exams have been cancelled, but students can request an exam if there are special circumstances.
  • The Alberta government said it would provide front-line medical staff and funding to help shelter the homeless during the pandemic.
  • Alberta’s first COVID-19 death was announced Thursday afternoon. No additional deaths have been reported in the province since Friday.
  • The province’s credit rating has been downgraded in light of a budget that is “no longer valid” as the price of oil continues to batter the bottom line.
  • Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson declared a state of local emergency on Friday.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, March 20

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday, March 19

Edmonton man is Alberta’s first COVID-19 fatality, the province announced Thursday.
Tricia Lo, Illustration CBC

  • An Edmonton man in his 60s became Alberta’s first fatality due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Three Calgary Catholic school students have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Calgary police are moving more services online, including information checks, and have new protocols for visiting a station in person. More information can be found here.
  • Calgary will partner with Alberta Health Services and the United Way of Calgary and Area to establish a COVID-19 response fund.
  • The 2020 census has been delayed and will go ahead later this year, or in 2021.
  • Teachers at Calgary’s two biggest school boards have been told they can now work from home.
  • Those with a scheduled mammogram screening are being asked to delay their appointments until at least May 1.
  • Backcountry users are being urged to keep their risks to a minimum in order to avoid stressing the medical and search and rescue systems.
  • Calgary Transit users will be asked to board buses from the back door starting on Friday.
  • Edmonton is looking at property tax deferals to help cushion the economic blow.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, the province warned Alberta might not see the peak of the current outbreak for weeks.
  • There were 22 new confirmed cases reported on Thursday, bringing Alberta’s total to 119.
  • Utility companies have agreed not to disconnect any customers for three months. Consumers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for up to 90 days.
  • Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said utility payments for city services can also be postponed with no penalty starting April 1.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, March 18

Alberta budget rushed through, WCS oil falls below $10 and U.S. border is closing.

Your guide to COVID-19 and its impact on life in Canada. A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a spray-painted wall saying ‘Wash your hands and don’t touch your face’ in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday. With a deluge of news about cancelled events together with conflicting information about what to do — or not do — the COVID-19 pandemic is causing confusion, uncertainty and worry among many Canadians. Jonathan Hayward, The Canadian Press


What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday, March 17

Being a nurse on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nick Purdon takes us to Humber River Hospital in Toronto — a place designed with lessons learned from the SARS outbreak — to see how medical staff are managing during the COVID-19 pandemic. CBC

Alberta declared a public health emergency on Tuesday, enacting strict restrictions on public gatherings.

  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced a state of emergency in the province on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Albertans are prohibited from attending events with over 50 people — that’s rec centres, casinos and more.
  • Grocery stores will remain open, so will restaurants and cafes, but their capacity cannot exceed 50 people. Bars that don’t allow minors, nightclubs and casinos were to close immediately. Bars that serve food and allow minors can continue to operate under the new guidelines.Take-out, delivery and drive-through service is permitted.
  • Health Minister Tyler Shandro also announced the province was backing down on changes it made to the way doctors bill the province in light of the pandemic.
  • The federal government promises a package of financial supports is on the way to help millions of Canadians and businesses get through the COVID-19 crisis — and Parliament may be recalled to pass emergency measures.
  • Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirms she tested negative for COVID-19 after self-isolating at home with cold symptoms.
  • In her daily update Tuesday afternoon, Hinshaw announced that 23 more people in Alberta have been diagnosed with COVID-19, bringing the provincial total to 97. There are now 70 cases in the Calgary zone.
  • Five people in the province have been hospitalized, including two who are currently in intensive care units. The other 92 cases are all people who are self-isolating at home and are expected to make full recoveries.
  • The Calgary Emergency Management Agency says international travellers are now being ordered to self-isolate when they arrive in the city, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Town of Banff and City of Chestermere became the latest Alberta communities to declare a state of emergency, limiting gatherings at businesses and events to less than 50 people.
  • The Siksika First Nation and Blood Tribe also declared states of emergency on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.
  • The economic toll of the pandemic continues to rise, with oil companies sending non-essential workers home and restaurants struggling with the effects of social distancing,
  • Late Monday, WestJet announced it was suspending international flights, including to the United States, starting March 22.
  • The Calgary Board of Education said individual schools will start reaching out to parents to set up times to pick up belongings and drop off school property.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, March 16

Schools are closed for the first time today and social distancing is recommended.

A man uses a hand sanitizer station at the Eaton Centre amid coronavirus fears spreading in Toronto on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Carlos Osorio, Canadian Press

  • The federal government announced Calgary as one of 4 airports that will continue to accept international flights, starting on Wednesday. Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.
  • Alberta has 74 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, a jump of 18 since the Sunday update. Cases have now been identified in every zone in the province.
  • Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, is self-isolating at home. She has symptoms of a common cold, but has been tested for COVID-19 as a precaution.
  • On Sunday, for the first time the new cases weren’t all travel related, meaning community spread has begun.
  • Material is being distributed at airports to explain to travellers returning from outside Canada how to self isolate.
  • The City of Calgary declared a state of emergency over the weekend, shuttering libraries and rec centres and limiting capacity at bars and restaurants.
  • Today marks the first day of students staying home across the province. In-person classes at post-secondaries have been cancelled.
  • The Town of Cochrane has closed facilities to the public, after two cases were confirmed at a local school. All families at that school are being told to self-isolate.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Sunday, March 15

There are now 56 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, all K-12 schools are cancelled.

‘Danger’ tape blocks off a playground in Calgary. As of Monday, March 23, the city has told parents not to allow their children to use the equipment, for fear it will spread the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Robson Fletcher CBC

  • All K-12 schools, preschools and post-secondary institutes in Alberta will see classes cancelled indefinitely and child-care centres will be closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Premier Jason Kenney said Sunday.
  • Kenney told media Sunday that 17 new cases had been confirmed in the province in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 56 in Alberta.
  • Two new cases were acquired through community transmission from an unknown source, so it’s not known how many people in the community may have COVID-19.
  • Seven cases happened because of a single gathering in the Calgary zone.
  • All long-term care and other continuing care facilities are being told to limit visitation to essential visitors only.
  • Places of worship are no longer exempt from restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • Post-secondary campuses will remain open, but classes are being cancelled or moved online.
  • K-12 students will receive final marks, Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said, and students will progress to their next grade level next year.
  • Grade 12 students who are eligible to graduate and at this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will still be held.
  • Teachers and other school staff will still work, either from school or from home.
  • Approved day homes are exempt from the closures because they care for fewer than seven children at a time.
  • The government committed an additional $500 million to the COVID-19 response

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, March 14

Event cancellations piled up in Alberta as authorities caution against large public gatherings.

Calgary’s downtown streets are likely to be sparsely populated this weekend thanks to cold temperatures and event closures prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Loreen Laboret CBC

  • The confirmed cases in Alberta sat at 39 as of Saturday afternoon, according to Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Six new cases are in the Calgary zone and four are in the Edmonton zone.
  • Two of the new cases, one in the Edmonton zone and one in the Calgary zone, have been admitted to intensive care.
  • Eight of the new cases are related to international travel or a previous confirmed case. Investigators are looking into the causes of the other two cases.
  • Alberta’s Provincial Operations Centre in Edmonton raised its alert level to 3. The highest level is 4.
  • The government committed an additional $500 million to the COVID-19 response
  • Health Link has a new self-assessment tool online at ahs.ca/covid. It’s the same one used by Health Link staff to determine if a person needs to be tested. More than 300,000 people have taken the online self-assessment so far.
  • The province is asking Albertans to self-monitor their air travel, by checking alberta.ca/COVID19 to see if they were at risk of exposure from a confirmed case on a flight.
  • The province said Friday it would pause plans to cut the number of front-line health-care workers in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Alberta government held a conference call with more than 500 representatives from schools and education stakeholders to discuss the new COVID-19 guidelines for schools and daycares. The guidelines include “zero tolerance” for kids at school with respiratory symptoms.
  • Alberta is continuing to recommend that schools remain open but is monitoring the situation. Dr. Deena Hinshaw said if schools are closed, they would likely remain closed for eight to 12 weeks.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, March 13

Cancellations and closures continue as Alberta confirms another four cases, all in Calgary health zone.

Public schools remain open in Alberta, but classes at several universities have been suspended in response to the spread of COVID-19. Olivia Stefanovich CBC

  • Total confirmed cases in Alberta sits at 29 as of Friday afternoon, all related to travel, according to Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
  • Employees will now be able to take 14 days of paid job-protected leave to cover the 14-day self-isolation period recommended by Hinshaw.
  • There will also be no requirement to have a medical note for such leave, or to have worked for an employer for 90 days to qualify.
  • Health Link has new self-assessment tool online at ahs.ca/covid. It’s the same one used by Health Link staff to determine if a person needs to be tested.
  • All jury trials at Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta between now and May 31 will be postponed. Lawyers will be able to re-elect for a judge-only trial.
  • The union representing WestJet flight attendants is expecting layoffs of over 50 per cent of its staff in the wake of cancellations due to COVID-19. WestJet said it is one of several scenarios being contemplated.
  • Edmonton city councillors voted on Friday to suspend council and committee meetings until March 30 as part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The City of Calgary enacted its emergency plan late Thursday, which gives the Calgary Emergency Management Agency additional powers to make quicker decisions.
  • The University of Calgary, University of Alberta and University of Lethbridge suspended classes on Friday.
  • All four of the new cases announced on Thursday are in the Calgary health zone.
  • Hinshaw is to give another update on the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta at 3:30 pm Friday.
  • Hinshaw said public gatherings of more than 250 people should be cancelled, as well as international events.
  • Hinshaw also advised against travelling outside of Canada.
  • All Albertans are asked to self-isolate for 14 days when returning from outside the country.
  • In Edmonton, city council has convened an emergency meeting for Friday morning to discuss its response to the pandemic, which could including closing recreation centres.

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on March 12, 2020

Infection of child in Calgary brings confirmed cases to 23.

As the coronavirus outbreak is declared a global pandemic, more people are being asked to to self-isolate at home, for two weeks at a time. John Minchillo, Associated Press

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on March 11, 2020

Number of confirmed cases in Alberta leaps to 19 as WHO declares a pandemic.

The World Health Organization called the COVID-19 viral disease a pandemic Wednesday. Here, workers in Spain place a medical mask on a figure that was to be part of the Fallas festival in Valencia. The festival has been canceled over the coronavirus outbreak. Alberto Saiz, Associated Press in NPR

  • Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta jumps by five to 19.
  • All 19 are travel-related.
  • Most are in the Calgary or Edmonton zones. One is in the Central zone.
  • The Alberta Federation of Labour calls for paid sick leave for all Albertans.
  • Calgary-based WestJet takes immediate cost-reduction initiatives in the wake of plunging demand.
  • Premier Jason Kenney calls for federal help to deal with impacts of the oil price crash and coronavirus as he heads to Ottawa for the first ministers’ conference.
  • Kenney also says the Alberta government is looking at an order in council that would remove the need for a doctor’s note for sick leave.
  • The federal government commits $1 billion to help deal with the outbreak, including $500 million for the provinces.
  • With more than 100 countries now reporting cases of COVID-19, the WHO labelled the health crisis a pandemic.

 

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As Canadians avoid gatherings and crowds amid the COVID-19 outbreak, grocery stores present a challenge as people stock up and pick shelves bare. 2:07 CBC
You might choose to self-isolate at home if you’ve been exposed, or think you’ve been exposed, to COVID-19. Ellen Mauro explains what to do. 1:50 CBC
You play a role in how effectively the virus moves from person to person, says family physician Dr. Peter Lin. 0:48 CBC
Social distancing measures like working from home, school closures and cancelling sporting events could lead to a drop of new infections of coronavirus. 1:54 CBC
A look at what patients could expect if they end up in an emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms. 1:59 CBC
Flying during the coronavirus outbreak? Microbiologist Keith Warriner breaks down the steps you can take to protect yourself while travelling. 2:34 CBC

Masks and COVID-19: When, how and why you’d wear them. You see more people wearing them in public, but will wearing a face mask really protect you from the coronavirus? 2:27 CBC
Insights from Canada’s polio invasion. A look back at the year 1953, when polio last stalked Canada. 23:24 CBC Archives

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