Update 42: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (April 24 at 4 p.m.)
Confirmed recovered cases now number 1,397 and 297 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing the total number to 4,017.
Five more Albertans have died.
- Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
- 2,833 cases in the Calgary zone
- 466 cases in the Edmonton zone
- 444 cases in the South zone
- 165 cases in the North zone
- 82 cases in the Central zone
- 27 cases in zones yet to be confirmed
- Of these cases, there are currently 76 people in hospital, 18 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
- 350 cases are suspected of being community acquired.
- The total deaths are 72: 45 in the Calgary zone; 14 in the North zone; 10 in the Edmonton zone; one in the Central zone; and two in the South zone.
- To date, 399 cases have been confirmed at continuing care facilities, and 47 residents at these facilities have died.
- There have been 116,859 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 122,447 tests performed by the lab. In the last 24 hours, 4,612 tests have been completed.
- Locations of all active outbreaks in acute care and continuing care facilities are posted at alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-data.aspx and will be updated every Tuesday and Friday.
Commercial rent assistance
- Alberta joins the provinces, territories and federal government in a program to help small business pay rent.
Access to justice
- The Provincial Court of Alberta will permit remote applications, including out-of-custody guilty pleas.
- More information can be found at: https://www.albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/covid
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 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.
Family violence prevention
- The government is committed to supporting our most vulnerable and at-risk people, including those fleeing family violence. The requirement for in-person Emergency Protection Order (EPO) applications has been temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Provincial courts can now hear applications for EPOs via telecommunication. Some applicants may still be asked to appear in person. This change aligns with physical distancing guidelines set out by public health officials to keep people safe and healthy during this public health crisis.
- The ministerial order can be viewed at open.alberta.ca/publications/ministerial-order-2020-11-community-and-social-services.
- 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.
- Any individual exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath, is eligible for testing. People can access testing by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment online. A separate self-assessment tool is available for health-care and shelter workers, enforcement and first responders. After completing the form, there is no need to call 811.
- Support is available to increase staffing of health-care aides and alleviate pressures in contracted continuing care facilities. Read the news release here.
- 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.
From Cafe Owner to Political Activist at the heart of the Alberta Prosperity Project
The COVID pandemic has turned Central Alberta Cafe Owner Chris Scott into nothing short of a lightning rod.
Many business owners grumbled and suffered through a couple years of mayhem due to wave after wave of COVID and the various restrictions affecting day to day operations. Where most business owners zigged, Scott, as they say… zagged.
Chances are you know something about his story as he’s been in the news and seemingly on a never ending speaking tour ever since this all started.
You likely won’t be surprised to know Chis Scott is still operating his cafe, still facing court charges, and heavily involved in trying to influence Alberta politicians.
No matter what side of this discussion you fall on, no matter what you think of the business owners, doctors, and religious leaders who stood in defiance of covid restrictions, this conversation will help you understand where those who have emerged as leaders of those who stood up to the health restrictions are putting their attention in the summer of 2022.
If you’re interesting in learning more about the Alberta Prosperity Project.
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Voting deadline looms in race to replace Jason Kenney as Alberta UCP leader, premier
EDMONTON – It’s deadline day to buy $10 Alberta United Conservative Party memberships to vote for the next leader and premier.
The party is accepting drop offs by 5 p.m. and online memberships until midnight.
The party will then go through the memberships and confirm information and expects to have the final tally ready in two weeks or so.
Seven candidates are on the ballot seeking to replace Premier Jason Kenney in the party’s top job.
Kenney announced in May he was quitting after receiving a lukewarm 51 per cent support in a party leadership review.
The next key date in the race is the second debate, slated for Aug. 30 in Edmonton.
The candidates have been proposing a range of policy ideas from health care to education reform, but the focus of debate has been on how to leverage Alberta’s relationship with the federal government to get a better deal in areas such as equalization.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 12, 2022.
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