Alberta Health has announced the second presumptive case of COVID-19 in the province in a male in his forties who lives in the Edmonton area. He recently travelled to Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, before returning to Alberta on Feb 28. He is recovering in isolation at home.
The case was detected today. Health officials are currently identifying close contacts of this individual and will be asking them to self-isolate at home, away from the public.
Yesterday, Alberta Health announced the province’s first COVID-19 case in a woman who returned from travel onboard a Grand Princess cruise ship in California. ATB Financial has closed Sage Hill and Creekside branches in Calgary where the woman worked.
Effective immediately, Alberta will be expanding its testing protocols. All travellers returning from outside of Canada are advised to monitor their symptoms. If they experience flu-related symptoms, such as a fever or a cough, they should self-isolate and call Health Link at 811 to arrange follow-up testing. Returning travellers should not visit emergency departments or urgent care centres for testing and are advised to call 811 to get a quick assessment and testing.
Government of Canada has increased coronavirus research funding to $27 million from 7 million.
Current Scenario in Canada
Currently in Canada, the total positive COVID-19 cases stand at 54, with 21 cases in British Columbia, 2 in Alberta, 28 in Ontario and 3 in Quebec. Of these 54, 8 cases, 4 each in B.C. and Ontario were fully resolved, with each of those patients having two consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart.