New approach to COVID-19 testing in Alberta

New approach to COVID-19 testing in Alberta

Alberta now has 358 COVID-19 cases.

Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan says the province isn't running out of tests - as of Sunday, the province has processed almost 27,000, majority negative - but they are focusing on where they are needed most to ensure there is enough supply in the future.

Critical service workers in Alberta, such as health-care practitioners, were also told last week that select child-care centres were allowed to operate near health-care facilities in the province.

"All we can do at this point is learn from it and go forward", said Hinshaw. 18 are now hospitalized, seven have been admitted to intensive care units, and one patient has died.

Hinshaw said the text-based program aims to give Albertans encouragement and hope.

According to a statement from the care centre's operating company Revera Inc., the resident who died was tested for COVID-19 after developing symptoms on Sunday.

Hinshaw also stressed that the province has seen a large number of Albertans return from global travel over the past week and that all of them must self-isolate for 14 days, "even if they are feeling well".

The province is contacting 58 patients and 97 health care workers in connection to those three cases.

In total, 32,776 Albertans have been tested for COVID-19, meaning that about one in every 135 Albertans has tested positive. All who were in touch with the staff member are now self-isolating.

On Monday, Ontario and Quebec, with 588 and 1,013 cases respectively, announced they would close all non-essential businesses to try to curb the coronavirus spread.

The Alberta Government is now approving this strategy officially across the province.

Out of the 11 positives, "many" were physicians. "And again, we're monitoring this on an hour-by-hour and day-by-day basis because the situation does change so quickly". The province asks anyone who is sick to self-isolate at home and stay away from others.

Schindler said countries that have done this thoroughly and well, including South Korea, Japan, and Singapore, have been able to slow the spread in their communities.

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