Red Deer so far has not reported of any COVID-19 related deaths. Photo via website

Red Deer so far has not reported of any COVID-19 related deaths. Photo via website

Alberta announces 98 new cases of COVID-19

City of Red Deer has no COVID-19-related deaths

There are 25 COVID-19 cases in Red Deer — 13 active and 12 recovered — a map on the government’s website shows.

The map also shows zero deaths in the city.

Alberta announced 98 new cases of the virus Monday, bringing the total to 1,348.

The government announced one additional death in the Calgary zone, bringing the number of COVID-19-related deaths to 24.

The province reported three deaths Sunday, including a first death in the central zone. Of the three people who died Sunday, one is a man in the Calgary zone in this 60s, one is a woman in the central zone in her 80s, and one is a man in the north zone who was over 100.

As of Monday, there are 66 cases in central zone, 817 in the Calgary zone, 351 in the Edmonton zone, 22 in the south and 89 in the north zone.

Of the 1,348 cases, officials said 204 are believed to be as a result of community transmission. The number of recovered in the province reached 361 people.

The government map shows two recovered cases in the city of Lacombe, zero active and zero deaths.

In Lacombe County, there are four cases: one active and three recovered.

Red Deer County has 13 cases: 11 recovered and two active.

Clearwater County has one active case, while Mountain View County has five cases: four active and one recovered.

Camrose, also part of the central zone, shows two cases: one recovered and one death.

Starting Tuesday, the province is expanding eligibility for testing, including those who are over the age of 65 who have fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, said Albertans who are going about their everyday lives are advised to wash their hands regularly and practice social distancing.

Masks can be valuable for those who may be in situations where social distancing is not possible, she said.

“Wearing a non-medical mask, such as cloth masks, have not been proven to protect the person wearing it. However, it may be helpful in protecting others around you.”

Officials advised Albertans to clean cloth masks in the hot cycle of the washer and to dry them thoroughly at a high temperature setting.

The government announced Monday an increase in the maximum time for a temporary layoff from 60 days to 120 days, to ensure temporarily laid off employees stay attached to a job longer. This change is retroactive for any temporary layoffs related to COVID-19 that occurred on or after March 17.

Employees caring for children affected by school and daycare closures, or ill or self-isolated family members due to COVID-19, will have access to unpaid job-protected leave. The 90-day employment requirement is waived and leave length is flexible.

Premier Jason Kenney will update Albertans in the next couple of days on the progress in the fight against COVID-19.

“We’ll be providing some of the modelling done by AHS that shows us when we might hit the peak and how prepared we’re for that,” the premier said, adding people need to be ready to hear worst-case scenarios.

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