What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, May 27

Calgary's mayor is asking people to avoid crowding the city's most popular parks with a simple message: "Don't be like Toronto."

679 active cases reported on Wednesday — the lowest daily number since March 30.

Calgarians stroll along a pathway in Eau Claire on Monday. The mayor is asking people to avoid Eau Claire and three other public spaces to avoid crowding. (CBC)

The latest:

  • Many cancer screening procedures, put on hold during the pandemic, are now resuming as the Alberta government eases COVID-19 restrictions. As those tests resume, doctors are working to identify roughly 250 breast cancers that went undiagnosed for two months.
  • Alberta confirmed 25 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and two additional deaths.
  • There were 679 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday — the lowest daily number since March 30.
  • Calgary's mayor is asking people to avoid crowding the city's most popular parks with a simple message: "Don't be like Toronto."
  • Lethbridge gym owner Lee Mein says he's going to reopen his cage fighting gym June 1 regardless of what the law says. He has rallied some like-minded people online, but legal experts say he's being irresponsible.
  • There were three new outbreaks reported Tuesday in the Calgary zone, at Ecco Recycling (five cases), a Walmart distribution warehouse (two active cases and seven recovered) and West Coast Reduction, which does food waste recycling (two active cases and five recovered).
  • The Alberta government has scaled back the provincial COVID-19 news conferences it had been offering every weekday and is now holding them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

What you need to know today in Alberta:

Alberta reported its first possible case of a new condition called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, on Wednesday. 

Alberta's chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, said the syndrome is similar to Kawasaki disease and responds to treatments such as steroids.

Two seniors' residences that experienced deadly COVID-19 outbreaks — one in Edmonton and another in northwestern Alberta — have seen a sharp decline in cases, with only five active cases remaining between them. 

This map shows the number of active cases in Calgary as of May 27, 2020. (CBC News)

Here's the regional breakdown of cases on Wednesday:

  • Calgary zone: 531 cases.
  • South zone: 71 cases.
  • Edmonton zone: 52 cases.
  • North zone: 21 cases.
  • Central zone: 2 cases.

There are 43 people in hospital and four in intensive care. A total of 245,949 tests have been completed.

What you need to know today in Canada:

Toronto and its surrounding regions account for a disproportionately high number of Ontario's new cases of COVID-19, according to a CBC News analysis of provincial data on novel coronavirus infections.  

A report prepared by the Canadian military about Quebec's long-term care homes says the division between "hot" and "cold" zones, proper use of protective equipment and staffing shortages remain major challenges in the facilities.

And on Tuesday, the military released a scathing report about the conditions at five Ontario long-term care homes, but many — including the government itself — say problems have been known for years.

This map provides an overview of how COVID-19 has impacted the province of Alberta as of May 27, 2020. (CBC News)

As of 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Canada had 87,510 confirmed and presumptive cases of coronavirus, with 46,155 considered resolved or recovered.

A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial data, regional health information and CBC's reporting stood at 6,857. Public health officials have cautioned that recorded figures don't capture information on people who have not been tested and cases that are still under investigation.

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.

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 10 days from the onset of symptoms. 

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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