22 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Alberta

Mar 18 2020, 3:38 pm

Jason Kenney announced in the legislature Wednesday afternoon, that there are 22 new cases of coronavirus in Alberta.

This brings the provincial total up from 97 to 119 cases.

According to Kenney, 15,000 people have been tested for the virus so far.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer said that at this time, 6 individuals remain in hospital, 3 in ICU, with one previously diagnosed case admitted to intensive care yesterday, while all others remain at home.

Hinshaw says there have been 6 cases of community transmission, with two of those located in Calgary, 3 in Edmonton, and 1 in north zone that seems to have acquired it while in Edmonton.

Alberta’s online self assessment tool has been accessed more than 1.3 million times. to date, and the province had conducted 1 test per every 290 Albertans.

On Wednesday, the province announced that the province was in a state of public health emergency as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“These measures are necessary if we are to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our province,” said Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw in the release.

“Our intention is to limit opportunities for disease transmission by limiting the amount of time Albertans are spending in large crowds and crowded spaces. All Albertans should take immediate action and follow all recommended public health measures. Protecting the health of Albertans is, and always will be, our top priority.”

With coronavirus on the rise, Alberta Health Services 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.