April 19, 2020 provincial COVID-19 news
There are now 1,198 confirmed recovered cases of COVID-19 in the province. A total of 241 new cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 2,803. Four Albertans have died since the last report, bringing the total number of reported deaths to 55.
Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
1,997 cases in the Calgary zone
429 cases in the Edmonton zone
142 cases in the South zone
137 cases in the North zone
76 cases in the Central zone
22 cases in zones yet to be confirmed
Of these cases, there are currently 65 people in hospital, 16 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
488 cases are suspected of being community acquired.
The total deaths are 38 in the Calgary zone, eight in the Edmonton zone, eight in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
To date, 307 cases have been confirmed at continuing care facilities, and 36 residents at these facilities have died.
There have been 97,180 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 101,323 tests performed by the lab. In the last 24 hours, 4,426 tests have been completed.
One of the Albertans who recently died was a resident at Manoir du Lac in McLennan, which brings the total deaths at this facility to six.
Alberta Health Services has assumed administration of Manoir du Lac. Learn more here.
The map shows restaurants, safety rest areas and vehicle Inspection stations that have available food, washrooms, showers and/or rest areas.
Fire bans A fire ban is in place inside the Forest Protection Area of Alberta and Alberta provincial parks and protected areas until further notice. With snow on the ground, the fire danger level is low. No off-highway vehicle restrictions are currently in effect in the Forest Protection Area. Off-highway vehicle restrictions will be phased in as hazards arise.
For more information on fire bans and OHV restrictions, call 1-866-FYI-FIRE or visit www.albertafirebans.ca.
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 are available between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week. Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.
Family violence prevention
A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line is available at 310-1818 to get 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.
Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are available at alberta.ca/COVID19.
The most important measure Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, and disposing of tissues appropriately.
Those with symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, or shortness of breath, should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment. After completing the form, there is no need to call 811.
The 310 call centre’s operating hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.
All Albertans need to work together to overcome COVID-19. Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
Provincial Press Release April 19, 2020 @ 4:45 PM