239 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

239 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths

A total of 62 residents live at the home, which employs 70 people.

The province reported a second active case of COVID-19 in Fort McMurray.

"Effective immediately, residents at Manoir du Lac will undergo daily screenings, including a temperature check and symptom monitoring", reads a statement from AHS. Anyone with symptoms will be isolated in their rooms.

"There were inadequate care standards, so the care standards for residents were not being met, and personal protective equipment was not being used properly", she said. "I am, too. It is not acceptable that elderly Albertans are being put at risk in a place where their health is supposed to be protected. Given that we now know people who may be infected with COVID-19 can potentially spread the illness before they show symptoms, testing more residents and staff in continuing care facilities will help us prevent further infections and deaths", Hinshaw said.

The maximum testing capacity is close to 7,000 tests per day and the province has a goal to increase that to 20,000.

"We are using asymptomatic testing in select outbreak contexts as an additional tool in the toolbox of local public health", said Hinshaw.

"What it does is gives us a better chance of early identification of new cases", Hinshaw said. Workers in longterm care and designated supportive living sites are now only allowed to work at one location. Hinshaw said she expects a list of those sites to be published online next week.

This is the new highest single-day case count since March 4, 2020. There were also two new deaths reported, with one in the North zone at Manoir Du Lac retirement home and one in the Calgary zone at the High River Long Term Care Unit, which brings the total deaths in Alberta to 50. So far, 89,000 Albertans have been tested for COVID-19.

Seventy per cent of all cases are in the Calgary area, and 400 cases are believed to be from community transmission.

Hinshaw said anyone returning home from such camps would not be recommended to self-isolate unless there is an outbreak at the site.

Meanwhile, an outbreak at the Kearl Lake oilsands work camp that was announced earlier this week has now been linked to 12 cases in the province and additional cases in other parts of the country.

At least 914 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19, a number that's remained static since Tuesday as a result of Alberta Health's data centre outage. Globally, there are 1,991,562 confirmed cases and 130,885 COVID-19 related deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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