What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, April 6

Pikssii Crowshoe, 11, models a mask sewn by the women of the Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony. A group of volunteers at the colony is sewing masks to distribute to Indigenous communities and health-care workers in southern Alberta. Local Facebook group Mask Makers YYC coordinates volunteer sewers and quilters who want to help. Submitted by Dr. Janet Tapper

CBC News Calgary April 6, 2020 Updated 10:30 am

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, April 6

Poor internet connections frustrate rural Albertans, animals take over Banff streets.

Barrel of Monkeys now worth more than a barrel of Alberta oil. Natural gas producers could stand to benefit from some of the economic fallout of the pandemic, as U.S. production is expected to fall. Dillon Hodgin CBC

One month in: Looking back at how Alberta has handled COVID-19. Graph for first month of Covid-19 in Alberta. Erin Calihoo, Timeline. April 6, 2020 CBC. Click image for larger view

 

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What you need to know today in Alberta

The economic impact of the pandemic will have different effects based on region and industry. Rural Albertans are struggling with slow and expensive internet plans as schools and work move online, while in Banff, the only increase in foot traffic has been the animals, a sign of the town’s “decimated” economy.

One potential upside of the downturn comes for natural gas producers, who are hoping for an uptick in prices as production in the United States falls.

The doctor in charge of the pandemic response for emergency departments in the Calgary zone says patients with COVID-19 have been showing up in increasing numbers at Alberta hospitals, which are preparing for an increase that will test their capacity.

Of course, the spread of the virus in Alberta is also a regional story. Here’s a breakdown of cases as of Sunday afternoon. Read a more detailed breakdown of the statistics and what they mean.

  •  Calgary zone:  774 cases, 14 deaths
  •  Edmonton zone:  309 cases, 4 deaths
  •  Central zone:  67 cases, 1 death
  •  North zone:  77 cases, 4 deaths
  •  South zone:  20 cases
  •  Unknown:  3 cases

As of Sunday, there were 48 people in hospital, including 13 who have been admitted to intensive care units.

There have been 63,115 people tested for COVID-19 — 698 of those tests were done in the past 24 hours.

Cancellations and closures

Notices are coming in fast, so again, it’s best to check in before you head out to a venue or event. But there are significant closures or postponements to be aware of.

Across Canada

Tracking the number of coronavirus cases in Canada CBC Interactive

‘I was made to feel belittled’: Nurses reveal fears working on front lines. Some nurses told CBC News they are avoiding potential exposure to the virus by not taking shifts in ICU or assessment centres, but as hospitals admit more COVID-19 patients, nurses might be mandated to work. CBC

Applications open today for the massive federal emergency income supports for Canadians, with successful applicants who set up direct deposit expected to receive their first payment within three to five days.

In order to avoid overloading the system, the government has staggered applications throughout the week based on an applicant’s month of birth.

That national program is in contrast to some of the regional divisions popping up, as some provinces and territories set up checkpoints on their borders, barring entry and raising constitutional questions.

There are more than 15,500 cases in Canada, with cases recorded in every province and territory except Nunavut. As of 6 am ET on Monday, officials had reported 307 COVID-19 related deaths in Canada.

The provinces and territories that offer information on people who have recovered listed more than 3,100 COVID-19 cases as resolved.

Public health officials have cautioned that the numbers, which don’t include the deaths of two Canadians abroad, don’t provide a full picture of the outbreak as they fail to capture cases that haven’t been tested or are still under investigation. Get a deeper look at what’s happening in your area through the CBC case tracker.

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Sunday, April 5

Pikssii Crowshoe, 11, models a mask sewn by the women of the Pincher Creek Hutterite Colony. A group of volunteers at the colony is sewing masks to distribute to Indigenous communities and health-care workers in southern Alberta. Local Facebook group Mask Makers YYC coordinates volunteer sewers and quilters who want to help. Submitted by Dr. Janet Tapper

Two more people have died in Calgary, both at the McKenzie Towne care home

Number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, by day. The reported number of patients in hospital and ICU each day. Figures are NOT cumulative. April 5, 2020 CBC

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, April 4

Alberta has surpassed the 1,000-case mark, health officials announced Friday.

Total COVID-19 cases confirmed in Alberta as of April 4. Numbers reflect known cases based on testing. Testing protocol changed to focus on high-risk patients and health-care staff as of March 23. There was a backlog of tests March 29-30 that later cleared. CBC

There are nine outbreaks in continuing care facilities in the province.

Interest rates are plunging — so why aren’t mortgage rates?

New COVID-19 cases reported daily in Alberta, by health zone. Data limited to the past three weeks to make the chart more readable. April 4, 2020 CBC

Number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, by day. The reported number of patients in hospital and ICU each day. Figures are NOT cumulative. April 4 2020 CBC

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, April 3

Alberta surpasses 1,000-case mark, provincial death toll from COVID-19 reaches 18. CBC

There are nine outbreaks in continuing care facilities in the province.

New COVID-19 cases reported daily in Alberta, by health zone. Data limited to the past three weeks to make the chart more readable. April 3, 2020 CBC

Number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, by day. The reported number of patients in hospital and ICU each day. Figures are NOT cumulative. April 3, 2020 CBC

Age of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in Alberta. Total number of patients, by age group, ever admitted to hospital in Alberta with COVID-19, as of April 2. These data come via the provincial government, upon request by CBC News. Note not all age brackets are the same size. Robson Fletcher, April 3, 2020 CBC

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday, April 2

Alberta is preparing for the worst-case scenario and is stocking supplies.

Model predicts 250 Alberta patients will need intensive care at peak. Canada’s hospitals are counting their ventilators used to assist breathing in critically ill patients. Craig Chivers CBC

  • Two more people in Alberta died from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, while testing revealed 97 new cases of the illness, bringing the total in the province to 968.
  • Public health officials believe 108 of those cases were transmitted in the community.
  • There are now 65 confirmed cases at the McKenzie Towne Long Term Care Home in Calgary.
  • There are now nine outbreaks of COVID-19 at continuing-care facilities across the province, including the Cedars Villa Extendicare, AgeCare Seton and Carewest Sarcee facilities in Calgary.
  • Starting April 3, parking at all Alberta Health Services facilities will be free on a temporary basis.
  • Alberta Health Services modelling predicts COVID-19 in Alberta could peak in May with about 250 in intensive care.
  • Edmonton has opened an assessment centre inside a University of Alberta recreational facility in order to reduce demand on emergency rooms.
  • A sharp rise in “questionable” prescriptions draws rebuke from professional bodies and chief medical officer of health.
  • The Southwood Care Centre in Calgary, which provides continuing and hospice care, has confirmed a case of COVID-19.
  • New funding rules for Alberta doctors are now in effect, despite pleas from physicians to hold off.
  • Alberta has suspended a number of environmental reporting rules, citing the pandemic.

City officials scrambling to add showers and laundry facilities at COVID-19 drop-in centre

New COVID-19 cases reported daily in Alberta, by health zone. Data limited to the past three weeks to make the chart more readable. April 2, 2020 CBC

Number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, by day. The reported number of patients in hospital and ICU each day. Figures are NOT cumulative. The data in the chart above is compiled from daily press briefings by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, ​​and supplemented with numbers CBC News has requested directly from Alberta Health on days that she doesn’t give a briefing. April 2, 2020 CBC

All the latest COVID-19 statistics are here

 

What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, April 1

The total COVID-19 cases in Alberta rose to 871, as a backlog of tests were completed. CBC

All the latest COVID-19 statistics are here.

Number of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, by day. The reported number of patients in hospital and ICU each day. Figures are NOT cumulative. April 1, 2020 CBC

 

  Watch videos
Queen Elizabeth addresses the nation and the Commonwealth from Windsor Castle on Sunday. In a rare message to the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth addressed the COVID-19 pandemic. “Take comfort… better days will return. I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” she said. 4:24 CBC
Iggy Chan says coronavirus has made his job more dangerous because he is fighting an ‘invisible’ enemy. 4:41 CBC
Alberta hospitals prepare for COVID-19 influx ‘that will certainly test our capacity. Dr. Neil Collins, who is handling the pandemic response for emergency departments in the Calgary health zone, talks to CBC Calgary’s Rob Brown about how prepared ERs are in the city. 7:31 CBC
Self-assessment
Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Testing is focused on individuals who are most at risk from the virus, or those most at risk of passing it on to others.

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada after March 12 must self-isolate for 14 days. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a physician, hospital or other health-care facility.

If you have symptoms, even mild, you are to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

You can find Alberta Health Services latest coronavirus updates here.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Common symptoms include:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Tiredness

But more serious symptoms can develop, including difficulty breathing and pneumonia, which could lead to death.

What should I do if I feel sick?
Isolate yourself and call your local public health authority. Do not visit an emergency room or urgent care centre to get tested.

  • Stay at home.
  • Immediately call Tele-Care 811.
  • Describe symptoms and travel history.
  • Follow instructions carefully.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19: A guide to each province and territory CBC Health

How can I protect myself?
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Be aware of evolving travel advisories to different regions.

More detailed information on the outbreak is available on the federal government web site.

Important reminder
The World Health Organization said more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 infections are estimated to be mild.
Editor’s Note

An update on local services and all the ways to access COVID-19 information on CBC News

Everything from a new email destination for your questions to a dedicated page tracking coronavirus cases.

CBC News has compiled a wealth of resources on closures and other essential information you need to know to get through this public heath emergency. Ben Nelms CBC

Brodie Fenlon, CBC News Mar 25, 2020 Updated 12:00 pm March 29

We are all involved in a remarkable story.

As we move forward into the next few weeks and what most experts agree will be the most perilous part of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, we must not lose sight of the human face of this crisis.

Canadians are ill and some have died; we will tell their stories.

Canadians are fighting; we will showcase the first responders and health care workers working flat-out to save lives and the challenges they face.

Canadians are worrying; we will get answers, aggregate the best advice and hold our officials to account.

Canadians are helping; we will find the stories of hope and civic generosity that bring communities together.

We are seeing millions of Canadians turn to CBC News daily on TV, radio, digital and social media. Every word we publish, post and broadcast matters in the face of this voracious appetite for trusted news, context and the latest developments. We cannot afford a misstep, and I’m grateful for the care and diligence that our staff bring to our reporting every day.

This is what public service journalism is all about.

Resources to answer your questions on COVID-19

Some quick highlights from the past two weeks:

  • To manage the thousands of questions we’re getting from Canadians, we have set up a new email destination and will endeavour to answer as many as possible on all of our programs and platforms. Write to  COVID@cbc.ca
  • We launched a COVID-19 fact checking unit to expose falsehoods and disinformation around the global pandemic. See some of their early work here and here.
  • We made CBC News Network (NN) freely available on cable and digital to all Canadians, here and abroad.
  • We launched a COVID-19 newsletter. It’s already at 48,000 subscribers, our fastest-growing newsletter. A remarkable 70 per cent of users open this daily email. Sign up here.
  • On CBC Radio One, we have extended the Current with Matt Galloway until noon in most time zones in order to provide you with the latest information and updates.
  • Our coronavirus tracker is live. It will give you the latest data on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 as we know them, here and around the world.
  • Our CBC News app will launch an update soon that will contain a COVID-19 guide to help our local audiences access resources, local stories and key video about their community.
  • We’ve compiled local resources and updates for communities across Canada here.
  • We have partnered with Canada’s private broadcasters to pool video coverage of official press briefings across the country in order to space out the number of crews present at any one event.
Slowly ramping up local programming

As I noted in an earlier blog, we temporarily paused our local 6 p.m. newscasts last week and moved quickly to shore up our ability to offer local and national programming on CBC TV and CBC News Network.

That decision was the result of us broadcasting more live events, press conferences and daily video than ever in the history of CBC News, which caused a logjam at our centralized resource desk in Toronto at the exact same time staffing levels there had dropped on account of COVID-19.

We also wanted to get ahead of the staffing crunch we anticipate in the next several weeks as more of our staff in newsrooms across the country are forced to self-isolate, work from home and potentially fall ill.

We are working in new ways with far fewer people available to do the resource-intensive work of television production.

We promised to assess the situation daily and bring the supper hour newscasts back as soon as possible — a commitment we took seriously. Since last week, we’ve stabilized demands on our resources desk and can now channel some of our social media live streams through new software. We also created redundant systems for our television control rooms and resource work areas.

While it’s certainly not business as usual in these times, we will begin a gradual, staggered return to local news on CBC TV at 6 p.m. We started today with the return of a half-hour newscast in Newfoundland and Labrador. Beginning tomorrow, we will broadcast a half-hour of Compass from P.E.I. and a half-hour Atlantic newscast from Halifax covering Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

We will take it one day at a time, continually adding back where we can while ensuring that nothing jeopardizes the essential services we intend to provide Canadians through to the very end of this crisis.

It’s important to remember that our commitment to local journalism on radio, TV, digital and social remains unchanged.

As always, thank you for your patience and continued support of CBC News at this unprecedented time.

CBC temporarily replaces local evening TV news amid coronavirus pandemic

About the author
Brodie Fenlon is editor in chief and executive director of daily news for CBC News.

Source CBC News Calgary

 

Have you got a news tip tied to the COVID-19 outbreak? You can reach CBC Calgary at calgarynewstips@cbc.ca or CBC Edmonton here.

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