What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Sunday, April 19
Alberta health-care workers are raising concerns about new masks
- Another 241 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alberta Sunday, bringing the provincial total to 2,803. Four more Albertans have died, for a total of 55 deaths.
- Alberta health-care workers say masks delivered this week don't seal and cause rashes and headaches.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic at 11:15 a.m. ET.
- Trudeau says Canada and the United States have struck a deal to extend current border restrictions between the two countries by an additional 30 days.
- High River has become a COVID-19 hot spot with 358 cases linked to the Cargill meat processing plant.
- The federal government will spend $1.7 billion to help clean up orphaned and abandoned wells.
- Edmonton Public Schools lays off nearly 1,900 staff.
- The Alberta government knew eligible applicants would be rejected for emergency supports before launching program.
- Canada's oil lobby is pushing for a freeze on carbon tax and delays on new climate regulations.
What you need to know today in Alberta:
When the provincial government announced it would provide emergency funding for those impacted by the pandemic, it knew eligible applicants would be turned away, internal emails show. But in the end, the government says it paid out millions more than it anticipated.
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The pandemic, of course, continues to affect thousands across the province, including 358 confirmed cases linked to the Cargill meat-packing plant north of High River.
As of Sunday, 38 people have died from COVID-19 in the Calgary zone; eight in the Edmonton zone; eight in the North zone; and one in the Central zone.
There are now 2,803 confirmed cases. Here's the breakdown of cases by region in Alberta as of Saturday afternoon:
- Calgary zone: 1,997.
- Edmonton zone: 429.
- North zone: 137.
- Central zone: 76.
- South zone: 142.
- Unknown: 22.
More than 101,323 people have been tested for COVID-19.
What you need to know today in Canada:
Canada's death toll is above projections due to outbreaks in long-term care homes, according to Justin Trudeau. Health officials say 90 per cent of deaths in the country have been people over the age of 60.
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Canada has 33,383 cases, 1,529 deaths and 11,220 recoveries, according to a CBC tally updated late Saturday.
Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
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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.