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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, April 8

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What you need to know today in Alberta:

Modelling information released Wednesday indicated that Alberta should have enough ventilators, intensive care beds and personal protective equipment to handle the projected peak next month.

Despite that, Albertans likely won't see any easing on physical distancing rules until the end of May. The guidelines might be relaxed at that point, but only if people continue to abide by the rules now to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Premier Jason Kenney, speaking on Tuesday night, said provincial modelling shows a "probable" scenario where the outbreak peaks in mid-May with as many as 800,000 infections and between 400 and 3,100 deaths. 

WATCH | Jason Kenney discuss projections for COVID-19 infections in Alberta:

In an address to the province, Premier Jason Kenney models a probable and an elevated projection for the amount of infections and deaths from COVID-19. 1:47

That contrasts against the relatively low number of new cases reported on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the low number of people tested in the past few days. But that number is expected to increase as testing is expanded.  

The numbers, the data, can get confusing, so stay up to date and informed with our regular breakdown of what it all means

Of the 1,423 cases, 876 are considered active cases. So far, 518 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19, and 29 Albertans have died. 

The majority of COVID-19 cases in the province continue to be located in the Calgary zone. Here's a breakdown by region:

  • Calgary zone: 860 cases
  • Edmonton zone: 368 cases
  • North zone: 95 cases
  • Central zone: 72 cases
  • South zone: 26 cases
  • Unknown: 2 cases

As of Wednesday, 66,783 Albertans have been tested for COVID-19. 

What you need to know today in Canada:

Canada's doctors are demanding the federal government to do more to protect front-line workers against COVID-19, calling a lack of protective equipment "outrageous and unacceptable."

The president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Sandy Buchman, said he is hearing from physicians that the inadequate supply of surgical masks, N95 respirators, face shields, gowns and gloves is even more alarming than initially thought.

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On the economic front, the government is pledging more help for youth and businesses impacted by COVID-19 and the wage subsidy appears to be having an impact as Air Canada plans to rehire 16,500 laid-off workers

As of 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Canada had 19,291 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19. The provinces that release data on patients considered recovered had listed 4,666 cases as resolved.

CBC News, which has been tallying the reported deaths, has recorded 464 COVID-19-related deaths in Canada, with two known coronavirus-related deaths of Canadians abroad.

Public health officials have noted that the reported figures don't capture the full picture as they don't include cases that haven't been tested or are still under investigation. 

Self-assessment:

Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

WATCH | Dr. Tam says wearing non-medical masks may help fight COVID-19:

Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam spoke with reporters on Parliament Hill on Monday 2:21

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada after March 12 must self-isolate for 14 days. 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.

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