Kenney: “we’re on track” to win vs. COVID-19

Sixty-one people have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Alberta, and Premier Jason Kenney, answering questions from the press after the government’s daily COVID-19 update, declared: “We are winning this fight – it’s not over yet; we have a ways to go. But, so far, we are on track for, I think, a successful Alberta battle against the coronavirus.”

A total of 774 people have so far recovered from COVID-19. That is a recovery rate of nearly 50% of the current total number of cases, which stands at 1,569. Of that cases, 99 have been identified in the North Zone, which includes the Central Peace, Grande Prairie and the surrounding communities.

Asked at what point did he think that what Alberta has been doing for the past month is working, Kenney replied: “I think it’s safe to say that right now; it is working – demonstrably. We see stable number of hospitalizations and ICU (intensive care unit) admissions. In fact, ICU (numbers ) are down a little bit. As I said last week in my televised address, the most important number to watch is hospitalization and ICU number because that’s the ultimate indication of how many people have contracted COVID-19 . . . and those numbers have been stable. We see the number of people recovering going up.”

He quickly added: “We are not out of this yet, and I don’t want people to take this good news as a reason to relax their rigorous observance of the public-health orders and the social-distancing rules that we have put in place . . . The fact that so many people are inconveniencing themselves, making sacrifices during what would normally be a beautiful spring holiday weekend, the fact that so many people are staying at home and not travelling around, or not crowding into the shopping malls or parks – that is exactly why we are in a good position today.”

Kenney reported 69 new cases and one COVID-19 death in the past 24 hours.

Below is a breakdown of the COVID-19 cases across the province:

  • 967 cases in the Calgary Zone
  • 388 cases in the Edmonton Zone
  • 99 cases in the North Zone
  • 72 cases in the Central Zone
  • 30 cases in the South Zone
  • four cases (location remains under investigation)

Of these cases, 47 are in hospital, with 13 admitted to intensive care units.