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What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday, March 31

Alberta's COVID-19 death toll now sits at nine as the province works to keep the virus at bay and contain the economic fallout, including new rules for tenants and landlords.

Alberta has now reported 754 cases

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta rose to 754 on Tuesday. (CBC)

The latest:

The majority of Alberta's COVID-19 cases continue to be located in Calgary. (CBC)

What you need to know today in Alberta:

If you're a tenant or a landlord, it's best to be up to speed on rules coming into effect in Alberta tomorrow. The new rules include a delay on evictions for non-payment of rent and a temporary ban on rent increases. Get answers to your questions here

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Of the 754 cases in Alberta, the majority continue to be located in the Calgary zone. The total number by region:

  • Calgary zone: 453.
  • Edmonton zone: 187.
  • Central zone: 51.
  • North zone: 50.
  • South zone: 12.
  • Not yet confirmed: 1.

What you need to know today in Canada:

The United States is now the epicentre for the global pandemic, and that will have consequences for Canada and Canadians for some time to come. Those effects will be both social and economic, with one stunning new estimate from the U.S. Federal Reserve that says unemployment in that country could hit 32 per cent this quarter. 

Beyond the consequences of a worsening situation in the United States, the federal government announced on Tuesday that it would pay $2 billion for to secure protective personal equipment and is looking at homegrown solutions to possible equipment shortages like ventilators.

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As of 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Canada had 7,474 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19, with 92 deaths. Provinces and territories reported 1,114 cases as resolved, though it's important to note that data isn't available in all areas.

The numbers, which are updated at least daily by the provinces and territories, are not a complete picture, as they don't account for people who haven't been tested, those being investigated as a potential case and people still waiting to learn the results of their test.  

There have also been two reported COVID-19 related deaths of Canadians abroad — one in Brazil and one in Japan.

Self-assessment:

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

Testing is focused on individuals who are most at risk from the virus, or those most at risk of passing it on to others. 

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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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