What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, July 10

The reopening of businesses in Canada has led to the economy adding almost one million jobs last month, but there's still a long way to go to recover from COVID-19 impacts.

Canada added almost 1 million jobs in June, but still down almost 2 million from before pandemic

Customers enjoy a meal at Annabelle’s Kitchen in Calgary on June 11. Canada's economy added almost one million jobs last month, as businesses reopened after COVID-19 shutdowns. (The Canadian Press)

The latest:

  • Alberta Health reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 592.
  • No new deaths were reported Friday.
  • Canada added almost one million jobs in June, but that's still down almost two million from pre-pandemic levels. Alberta added nearly 92,000 jobs.
  • The City of Calgary will reopen four aquatic and fitness centres today: Bob Bahan Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Canyon Meadows Aquatic & Fitness Centre, Glenmore Aquatic Centre and Killarney Aquatic & Recreation Centre.
  • The Calgary International Airport faces a $67 million deficit this year.

What you need to know today in Alberta:

The Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton is closing its doors to new patients and has cancelled all surgeries as an outbreak of COVID-19 continues to spread.

Three deaths were announced as being linked to the facility on Thursday, but Alberta Health said Friday that one of those deaths has been determined to not have COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death. That brings the total number of COVID-19-related deaths at the hospital to five, with more than 30 other patients and staff testing positive.

Sandip Lalli, the president of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, says the $343-billion federal deficit is troubling but not unexpected given the scope of the current challenges. She says her members want to see subsidies and supports for businesses continue

The Calgary International Airport is facing a $67-million deficit this year thanks to the unprecedented drop in demand for air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A provincial program giving non-medical masks to Albertans at fast food drive-thrus is set to resume on July 13. The masks are free.

This map shows the number of tests and total confirmed cases in various regions of Alberta as of Thursday, July 9. (CBC News)

In its latest online update, Alberta Health reported 77 new cases of the illness on Friday, bringing the total number of active cases to 592.

Here's the breakdown of active cases across the province:

  • Calgary zone: 228
  • Edmonton zone: 203
  • South zone: 96
  • North zone: 44
  • Central zone: 13
  • Unknown: 8
This map shows the number of active COVID-19 cases in different areas of Calgary as of July 9. (CBC News)

What you need to know today in Canada:

Statistics Canada reported Friday that the economy added almost one million new jobs in June.

Despite that, there are still 1.8 million fewer jobs in Canada today than there were before the pandemic hit.

Meanwhile, dire new numbers out of some of Canada's hardest-hit nursing homes in Quebec and Ontario reveal that those facilities lost 40 per cent of residents to COVID-19 in just three months.

As of 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Canada had 107,023 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 70,818 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC's reporting stood at 8,793.

Self-assessment and supports:

Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19, but testing is open to anyone, even without symptoms. 

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada from other countries must self-isolate. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a physician, hospital or other health-care facility.

If you have symptoms, even mild, you are to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, until the symptoms have disappeared. 

You can find Alberta Health Services' latest coronavirus updates here.

The province also operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and addiction help line at 1-866-332-2322, available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. 

Online resources are available for advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

There is a 24-hour family violence information line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in more than 170 languages, and Alberta's One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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