Alberta officials to update provincial response to COVID-19 Monday afternoon

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2020

The news release also mentions that Alberta Health is building extra capacity to give instructions to returning travellers with symptoms as long as they're following protocol and observing their symptoms. She says 11 of 47 Alberta healthcare workers who attended the event, many of them physicians, have tested positive for the virus.

Some health experts have said that scaling up testing is a critical measure because it allows public-health officials to get a better sense of how widespread the disease is and to focus their efforts on containing the spread - an approach that helped countries such as South Korea.

Eighteen people are now hospitalized and seven are in intensive care.

"This is consistent with the approach happening across Canada".

Travellers who returned to Alberta after March 12 and are showing mild symptoms will not longer be tested.

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33 additional cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alberta yesterday, which now brings the total number in the province to 259.

The release didn't specify what Kenney would be speaking about, but in her update on Saturday, deputy chief medical officer Dr. Marcia Johnson said the province has received reports of people not staying in or practicing social distancing.

Dr. Hinshaw said in the statement that these new protocols "will enable us to strategically use our testing resources". "These codes apply not only for COVID-19 care but for all the physical and mental health needs of patients as they present every day".

In British Columbia, provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry acknowledged concerns about that province's similar shift in testing.

Kenney said that if self-isolation directions continued to be ignored, the province will consider legal means and penalties to enforce them.

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