August 4, 2020 provincial COVID-19 news (video)


In total, 9,754 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. There are 85 people in hospital, 23 of whom are in intensive care.


Latest updates

  • 65 additional cases have been identified in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,191.

  • These cases are in addition to 97 identified on July 31, 67 identified on Aug. 1, and 74 identified on Aug. 2.

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:

  • Calgary zone: 475 active cases and 6,022 recovered

  • South zone: 110 active cases and 1,545 recovered

  • Edmonton zone: 275 active cases and 1,427 recovered

  • North zone: 115 active cases and 472 recovered

  • Central zone: 211 active cases and 267 recovered

  • Five active cases and 21 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed

  • Additional information, including case totals, is online.

  • To date, 1,763 cases have an unknown exposure.

  • There were 34,814 tests completed in the last 96 hours. This includes a record of 11,501 tests completed on July 31.

  • Alberta labs have now performed 720,131 tests on 596,714 Albertans.

  • There are five new deaths to report in the last 96 hours.

  • Total number of deaths is 201: 114 in the Calgary zone; 50 in the Edmonton zone; 17 in the North zone; 17 in the South zone; and three in the Central zone.

  • There are 61 active cases and 865 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 146 facility residents have died.


School health measures now include mandatory masks

  • Students will return to daily learning in K-12 classrooms at the beginning of the school year under near-normal operations with health measures in place.

  • Mask use for Grade 4 to 12 students, and all school staff, will be mandatory in all settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained when school returns for the 2020-21 year.

  • More than 1.6 million reusable masks will be distributed, two each to 740,000 students and 90,000 staff in public, separate, Francophone, charter and independent schools. Additional single-use masks will be available at schools, if required.

  • A re-entry tool kit can help prepare parents and students.

  • Health officials will monitor and update the guidance for schools based on the best evidence.


Expanded asymptomatic testing in pharmacies

  • People with no symptoms and no known exposure to COVID-19 are encouraged to contact a participating pharmacy to arrange for testing.


Risk assessment tool

  • A new online risk assessment tool helps people identify if they are at high risk of having a severe outcome. The tool also provides information on how to mitigate that risk.


Misericordia Hospital

  • Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital remains closed to new patients because of a COVID-19 outbreak. For updates, please visit covenanthealth.ca.


Access to justice

  • The Court of Queen’s Bench has announced new email filing procedures and will no longer accept filings by fax.


Traffic court

  • Albertans are reminded to not attend a courthouse in person for any traffic trial scheduled up to and including Sept. 4.

  • Instead, visit the Provincial Court of Alberta website for details on rescheduling.


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. The app currently has 233,794 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.


Addiction and 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.


Provincial Press Release August 4, 2020 4:25 pm