All Albertans can now get tested for coronavirus, with or without symptoms

May 29 2020, 3:11 pm

An update from the Province of Alberta has supplied new info on coronavirus cases in the province.

According to Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, there have been 24 new cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of known cases to 6,979.

However, of that total, only 616 are still active.

Hinshaw also noted during the Friday announcement that Alberta is expanding testing, allowing for all Albertans to get tested for coronavirus, whether they have symptoms or not.

Priority will still be given to symptomatic individuals and those who are close contacts to confirmed cases, but all Albertans will be able to schedule a test online through the province’s self-assessment tool.

These asymptomatic tests are immediately available for those in the Calgary zone and will become available for the rest of the province starting next week.

Hinshaw also noted that there were no additional deaths over the past 24 hours and that several of the province’s outbreaks, including the one at the Horizon work camp, have ended.

Total recoveries have reached 6,218 in Alberta, and there are currently 55 cases in hospital, four of which are in intensive care.

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