Death toll at continuing care facilities now at 100

Two more residents of continuing care facilities have died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total deaths in these facilities to 100, or about 75% of the 134 fatalities in Alberta.

Overall, COVID-19 numbers continued their downward trend with active cases falling to 865 – down 61 from the last report – including 54 hospitalized patients, of whom six are in intensive care units, and 83 residents of continuing care facilities.

With the continued decline in the number of actives cases, Premier Jason Kenney announced Calgary and Brooks can reopen more businesses starting Monday, May 25.

“I want to thank everyone in Calgary and Brooks for waiting patiently as we worked together to flatten the curve. We will continue to have a staggered approach to relaunch, but fortunately active cases have come down significantly from the peak of just a few weeks ago and it’s time to continue opening up our economy. I encourage folks to get outside, stay safe, and support local businesses,” Kenney said.

With enhanced testing capacity and contact tracing ability, along with a rapid response plan in place in the event of possible outbreaks, the province has begun to take the incremental steps to reopen some businesses and services.

“Relaunching our province requires continued patience from all of us, and it is critical all Albertans continue to practise the public health measures we’ve put in place to protect Albertans. As we move forward with reopening additional businesses and services in Calgary and Brooks, I remind all Albertans to support local businesses, but to do so in a safe and responsible way. Take appropriate precautions, stay home if you are sick and continue to look out for each other. We will succeed by supporting each other through each stage of relaunch,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

Below is a breakdown, by health zones, of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta.

  • Calgary Zone – 689 active cases (minus 55)
  • South Zone – 93 active cases (minus 4)
  • Edmonton Zone – 58 active cases (minus 3)
  • North Zone – 18 active cases (plus 2)
  • Central Zone – 4 active cases (minus 1)
  • There are 3 active cases and 21 recovered cases in zones that are yet to be confirmed.