Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health reported 6 new cases in Calgary zone and 4 in the Edmonton zone taking the total cases in Alberta to 39.
Two of the new cases, one each in Edmonton and Calgary zones in their 60s, have been admitted into intensive care. All other cases are self-isolating at home and expected to make a full recovery.
Dr Hinshaw stated that eight of the new cases have been confirmed to be related to international travel or to a previously confirmed case. Investigations are ongoing on the remaining two cases.
Alberta is keeping the schools open at this time. Dr Hinshaw emphasised that the World Health Organization does not recommend school closures as the only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in children.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health said, “Given the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know parents, students, and school officials are very concerned. I want to assure all Albertans that their children’s safety is top of mind in all our decisions, and we are making the best public health decisions we can with the information we have, in this rapidly developing situation. We are prepared to make changes if and when the situation warrants it.”
Alberta’s Provincial Operations Centre in Edmonton is elevated from a level 2 to a level 3 – out of a possible 4. Level 3 indicates an increased amount of cross-government coordination through the Alberta Emergency Management Agency.