Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday March 20. On Monday, Hinshaw said private business owners in the province will have to find their own suppliers for personal protective equipment after June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Falling COVID-19 case numbers ‘an excellent sign’

Total active cases at 762

The province’s COVID-19 numbers since Stage 1 of the relaunch strategy are encouraging, says the chief medical officer of health.

The full impact of the relaunch has yet to be seen, however.

“We again need to be mindful it’s not over yet, and we’re watching the full incubation period (14 days),” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw on Monday.

“This should be taken by Albertans as an excellent sign,” she said, referring to the latest data.

Alberta’s Stage 1 of the relaunch strategy kicked in May 14 (except Calgary and Brooks, where restaurants and hair salons were able to open Monday).

The target date for Stage 2 of the relaunch is June 19.

Alberta confirmed 19 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the total to 6,879.

There are 762 active cases in the province. Recovered cases reached 5,979 Monday.

Three COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday, bringing the total to 138 in the province.

Central zone has 99 confirmed cases, with three active and 95 recovered. There has been one death reported in the local zone in the past.

The City of Red Deer remains at 37 cases: one active and 36 recovered – the same as Sunday.

Red Deer County has 16 cases: 15 recovered and one active.

The City of Lacombe sits at two recovered cases, while Lacombe County is at three recovered cases.

Clearwater County has two recovered cases – the same as Stettler County.

Ponoka County is at three recovered cases.

Calgary zone has 4,764 cases, with 594 active and 4,069 recovered. There are 36 people in hospital and four in intensive care. There have been 101 deaths in this zone.

South zone has 1,233 confirmed cases, of which 90 are active. There are 1,133 recovered cases, with two people in hospital. The zone has reported eight deaths.

Edmonton zone has 524 confirmed cases, with 47 active and 459 recovered cases. There are five people in hospital and one in intensive care. There are 13 deaths reported in this zone.

North zone has 235 confirmed cases and 17 active. There are 201 recovered cases in this zone, with two people in hospital. There have been 15 deaths reported in this zone.

As businesses are reopening, some are stocking up on personal protective equipment to protect both staff and customers. Private organizations that don’t have other means of securing the equipment can access it through the government until June 30 for a fair market price, Hinshaw said Monday.

After June 30, they’ll have to get equipment from their own suppliers.

“I would like to address any preemptive fear that Alberta is running out of PPE. We are not,” said Hinshaw, explaining as more companies are making PPE, it’s easier to access it than it was before.

The province will continue to ensure publicly funded or contracted settings have personal protective equipment at no extra cost.



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