Hospitalization rates remain low with 48 people in hospital, six of whom are in intensive care. In total, 6,587 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19. Two more Albertans have died.
Testing is now available to all Albertans, whether they have COVID-19 symptoms or not.
19 new cases bring the number of total active cases to 344.
Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
Calgary zone: 255 active cases and 4,548 recovered
South zone: 21 active cases and 1,211 recovered
Edmonton zone: 45 active cases and 505 recovered
North zone: 22 active cases and 214 recovered
Central zone: zero active cases and 97 recovered
One active case and 12 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
Additional information, including case totals, is online.
To date, 671 cases have an unknown exposure.
So far, labs have performed 271,298 tests on 244,780 Albertans, with 4,997 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
Deaths total 145: 106 in the Calgary zone; 16 in the North zone; 13 in the Edmonton zone; nine in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
There are 40 active cases and 688 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 111 facility residents have died.
Accessible options for COVID-19 support
Anyone with a disability that makes it difficult to be tested should call 811 or ask someone they trust to help them complete the online self-assessment.
An online guide on COVID-19 may also help people with cognitive challenges.
Help keep seniors safe
Albertans are encouraged to reach out to seniors in their community and offer to run errands, provide companionship and support them in whatever way possible.
People can share their experiences with supporting seniors through #AlbertaCares.
Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch
The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces, and sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one of relaunch. Businesses are encouraged to check for new and updated guidance documents.
Businesses and locations can access a template on that web page to help them plan how to protect employees and patrons from infection. Completing the template is voluntary.
The next media availability with the chief medical officer of health will be held on June 5.
Situation reports continue to be distributed daily.
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; users must opt in.
The app does not track the user’s physical location and does not use GPS. Protecting privacy is paramount; all contact data is only on the user’s phone and is deleted after 21 days.
The app currently has 198,157 registered users.
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 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.
The requirement that people fleeing family violence apply in-person for an Emergency Protection Order (EPO) is temporarily suspended; provincial courts can now hear applications for EPOs via telecommunication.
Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are available at alberta.ca/COVID19.
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 June 3, 2020 @ 5:15 PM