Dr. Hinshaw: Alberta enters new phase of COVID-19

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Alberta has entered “a new phase of COVID-19” where “while we continue to test widely and identify some new cases daily, the spread of the virus remains relatively stable.”

Soon, she said, Albertans will no longer need regular updates on COVID-19 cases from her.

“This is because the onus is increasingly on all Albertans to protect each other,” she added. “That is why, I want to encourage all of us – myself included – to continue to take responsibility for our actions and to support others while they do the same.”

On the heels of Dr. Hinshaw’s latest update, results from a national survey by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health were released, indicating that the pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of Canadians. 

The survey found that one in five Canadians reported feeling moderate to severe anxiety in the past several weeks due to factors such as job loss or fear of the virus.

“While this was a decline from the peak of the pandemic, many of us are still feeling anxious about the days ahead,” Dr. Hinshaw said. “This is completely natural – and, if you are feeling this way, you are definitely not alone.”

Latest Numbers
No one has succumbed to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, but 38 people remain in hospital, seven of whom are in intensive care.

Forty-eight new cases have been identified out of 6,982 tests completed in the past 24 hours, bringing the provincial active cases to 486, including 29 residents of continuing care facilities, which have lost 116 lives.

Overall, Alberta lost 151 people – ranging in age from 27 to 105 – from COVID-19. “While the majority had two or more underlying conditions, a small number had none,” Dr. Hinshaw said.

“Independent of their age or health status, they will all be missed.”

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

  • Calgary Zone – 224
  • South Zone – 29
  • Edmonton Zone – 201
  • North Zone – 29
  • Central Zone – 2
  • Unconfirmed Zone – 1