18 new presumptive coronavirus cases confirmed in Alberta

Mar 16 2020, 4:28 pm

Alberta has seen another 18 presumptive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the past 24 hours.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw made the announcement over a video call on Monday evening, as she has been in self-isolation since becoming sick.

She noted that her symptoms are not consistent with those of coronavirus, but she is taking every precaution possible and was tested for the virus on Monday before the press conference.

Hinshaw announced that Alberta’s total number of confirmed cases has gone up to 74, with five recovering in hospital and the others at home in self-isolation.

This also marks the first time that cases have been seen in all zones in the province, with 52 in Calgary, 18 in Edmonton, two in the central zone, and one each in the north and south zones.

Two of these cases – one in Edmonton and one in Calgary – are believed to be the result of community transmission.

“Community transmission is when a person catches the virus from someone who has no traceable travel connections,” Hinshaw said during the press conference.

“This could mean that Albertans are exposed within their communities.”

Monday also marked the first day that all public schools and childcare facilities were closed, following a decision made by the province this past weekend.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.