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.
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.
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.
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.
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.