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Update 101: COVID-19 Pandemic in Alberta (July 14 at 5 p.m.)

In total, 8,048 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. Hospitalization rates remain low with 55 people in hospital, 13 of whom are in intensive care.

Latest updates

  • 86 additional cases bring the number of total active cases to 701.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • Calgary zone: 295 active cases and 5,250 recovered
    • South zone: 104 active cases and 1,315 recovered
    • Edmonton zone: 198 active cases and 1,055 recovered
    • North zone: 50 active cases and 321 recovered
    • Central zone: 48 active cases and 92 recovered
    • Six active cases and 15 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
    • Additional information, including case totals, is online.
  • To date, 966 cases have an unknown exposure.
  • So far, labs have performed 545,902 tests on 470,871 Albertans, with 5,801 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • There are two new deaths to report.
    • Total number of deaths is 163: 112 in the Calgary zone; 21 in the Edmonton zone; 17 in the North zone; 12 in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
  • There are 22 active cases and 754 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 119 facility residents have died.

Daily case updates

  • Daily case numbers are now updated every weekday and paused on holidays and weekends.
  • Weekend and holiday case numbers are reported the next available business day.
  • Daily breakdowns of the data will continue to keep Albertans fully informed. Government will alert Albertans if urgent developments occur on a weekend.

Misericordia Hospital

  • Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital remains closed to new patients because of a COVID-19 outbreak: 17 patients and 17 staff have tested positive. There have been no new cases since July 11.
  • Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health are monitoring the situation. For updates, please visit covenanthealth.ca.

Access to justice

  • With court sittings relaunched provincewide, the Court of Queen’s Bench suspended the pandemic closure’s emergency/urgent hearing request process; requests now are directed to the court’s remote regular (morning) chambers.
  • The Court of Queen’s Bench will hold some short hearings in July and August for judge-alone criminal trials via WebEx video and in-person, in courtrooms with COVID precautions.
  • The Court of Queen’s Bench and provincial court are increasing in-person hearings. Everyone entering an Alberta courthouse must wear a face mask.
  • Details on these three developments are at albertacourts.ca.

Alberta’s recovery plan

  • Alberta has launched a recovery plan to create jobs, accelerate economic diversification and ensure a strong future for our economy.

Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch

  • The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Businesses are encouraged to check for new and updated guidance documents.
  • A template on the website can help businesses plan how to protect employees and patrons from infection. Completing the template is voluntary.

Albertans downloading tracer app

  • The ABTraceTogether app enhances manual contact tracing and capacity, and facilitates early detection. It means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
  • Use of the app is voluntary; users must opt in. The app currently has 224,995 registered users.
  • Privacy is protected. The app does not track a user’s physical location or use GPS. All contact data is only on the user’s phone and is deleted after 21 days.  
  • Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.

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 operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources at mentalhealthweek.ca.
  • The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
  • Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

Family violence prevention

  • A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides 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.
  • People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an Emergency Protection Order. The requirement for in-person applications is temporarily suspended.
  • Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.

Quick facts

  • Good hygiene is the most important measure to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
    • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
  • Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
  • The Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is available to Albertans Monday to Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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