Saturday, 30 May, 2020

Two new COVID-19 cases in Medicine Hat and Brooks

By Chris Brown	
		Active cases continuing to drop		Two new COVID-19 cases in Medicine Hat and Brooks By Chris Brown Active cases continuing to drop Two new COVID-19 cases in Medicine Hat and Brooks
Gustavo Carr | 24 May, 2020, 00:39

More non-essential surgeries will resume and maternity services will return to two Calgary-area hospitals that had suspended their services in a bid to increase the number of beds available to COVID-19 patients.

This is the first phase of Alberta's strategy to reopen its economy after flattening the curve on the pandemic. "If cases rise again, our hospitals will still have the capacity to accommodate them, and we can move forward with reopening health care services, including access to regulated, allied health professionals and scheduled services throughout the province".

Still, officials are warning Albertans to continue abiding by public health orders, as the virus that has so far taken the lives of 128 people in the province remains a serious risk - even with the new case numbers on the decline. 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.

As of Friday, there have been 37 COVID-19 cases at the Kensington care home, four that are considered active, 29 recovered and four deaths.

Overall, Alberta has recorded 6,800 cases of COVID-19, 32 of which came in the past 24 hours. "As a result, we can safely resume providing more of the scheduled care Albertans need".

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A total of 134 people have died after contracting the coronavirus in Alberta and 6,800 have fallen ill with the disease since the pandemic started.

As of Friday, 54 Albertans are in hospital with COVID-19, six of whom are in intensive care units.

Of these cases, 865 are active, and 5,801 have recovered.

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