COVID-19 UPDATE – May 5, 2020

As of May 5, Alberta Health has confirmed 57 new cases in Alberta in the last 24 hours.

There are no new cases in the North Zone in the last 24 hours.

Just over 64% of the cases in the North Zone have recovered.

Regions are defined by rural municipalities, city boundaries, and urban service areas; smaller regions (i.e. towns, villages, and reserves) are incorporated into the corresponding rural area. Cases without a postal code or incorrect postal codes are not included. Location information missing/invalid for: 47 case(s).

Updated List of Symptoms

An updated list of symptoms was announced May 4 and is as follows:

  • Fever
  • A new cough or a chronic cough that is worsening
  • New or worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose

If you are not tested for COVID-19, you MUST self-isolate for 10 days following the start of these symptoms and until you are feeling better (whichever is longer).

If you have any of the following additional symptoms, you may also be tested for COVID-19. While there is not a legal requirement to self-isolate, you should stay home and minimize contact with others until you are feeling better.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
  • Runny nose
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Painful swallowing
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Muscle or joint aches
  • Feeling unwell in general, or new fatigue or severe exhaustion
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite)
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye

Complete the COVID-19 Self-Assessment for more information.

If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and advise them that you may have COVID-19. Do not visit a hospital, doctor’s office, lab or healthcare facility for non-urgent medical needs without consulting Health Link 811 first.

Alberta Health expands their list of professionals to help with Contact Tracing

The minister of Health announced today that they will be exanding their list of health care practioners that can help with contact tracing. It was previously only handled by Community Health Nurses and Executive Officers. Contact Tracing involves identifying cases by following the list of people a person with COVID-19 may have been in contact with and then contacting everyone on that list and assessing them for testing.

This new group of professionals will receive training.

This list includes:

  • Chiropractors
  • Paramedics
  • Psychiatric Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Physio therapists
  • LPNs
  • Dental Hygienists

As of today 120,000 Albertans have downloaded the ABTraceTogether App. For Android users the App does run in the background, but for Apple users it has to be opened and remain open to work. Apple is currently working on this issue.

Police Officers can confirm persons with COVID-19

If an individual claiming to have COVID-19 deliberately attempts to infect an officer with coughing, spitting, and/or sneezing, the officer can have the individual’s COVID-19 test results disclosed so the officer can confirm if the individual had COVID-19 within the last 14 days. This will allow the officer to quarantine for 14 days, if needed, for their safety and the safety of those around them.

There has been 0 deaths reported in the North Zone in the last 24 hours.

Currently, there are still 21 active cases in the MD of Smoky River(Falher, McLennan, Girouxville, Donnelly, Guy, Jean Cote, Kathleen, Winagami), the highest number of cases in the North Zone. Out of a total of 67 cases, 36 people have recovered. A total of 10 people have died in the MD of Smoky River, the highest number of losses in the North Zone.

The Big Lakes County(High Prairie, Enilda, Faust, Joussard, Kinuso, Grouard, Heart River, Salt Prairie, Big Prairie, Prairie Echo Gilwood, Triangle) has reduced their number of active cases to 13 and a total of 21 people have recovered. There have been a total of 3 deaths in the Big Lakes County, the 2nd highest number of losses in the North Zone.

The city of Fort McMurray has 10 active cases with 12 cases out of 22 recovered.

Mackenzie County (Northwest corner of Alberta:High Level, Fort Vermillion, La Crete, Rainbow Lake) has 7 active cases. Out of a total of 25 cases, 18 people have recovered.

There are 221 cases in the North Zone, 5893 cases in Alberta, and 106 deaths in Alberta (72 in Calgary Zone, 12 in Edmonton zone,  15 in North Zone, 6 in the South Zone, 1 in the Central Zone). Of the 5893 cases, 20 are in ICU (Intensive Care) and 3219 have recovered, which is nearly 55% of the cases in Alberta.

There has been 2 deaths recorded for Alberta in the last 24 hours. Both in the Calgary Zone.

Canada has 62,046 confirmed cases. There have been 4,043 deaths recorded.
There have been 26,938 recovered cases in Canada. A previously reported case in Nunavut has been removed from the list since yesterday.

Physical Distancing, also known as Social Distancing, seems to be having the desired effect as numbers are slowly decreasing across the nation. Collectively, Canada still has more active cases than recovered.

The USA has 1,171,510 confirmed cases. There are 68,279 deaths recorded.

There are 3,525,116 cases worldwide. There are 243,540 deaths recorded worldwide.

The top 5 highest ranked country of reported cases continue to be (From highest to lowest): USA, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, and France. Canada holds at number 12. The highest death toll, after the US and moving past Italy, has been the United Kingdom (29,502), followed by Italy with 29,315 losses, Spain (25,613), and France (25,534).

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Resources

Testing is now available to everyone in Alberta if they exhibit symptoms. Individuals need to go online and do a self assessment before calling Health Link 811.

Download ABTraceTogether a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you’ve exposed others – while protecting your privacy.

If you are feeling anxious, depressed, lonely, or feel that you may turn to alcohol or drugs to cope, please call the Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642.

Text4Hope is a text messaging service where daily messages are sent to your cell phone to help you identify and adjust negative thoughts. Other resources are available if you or a family member are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wellness Together Canada is online Mental Health and Substance Use Support. At no extra cost to Canadians it offers :

  1. Wellness self-assessment and tracking.
  2. Self guided courses, apps, and other resources.
  3. Group coaching and community of support.
  4. Counselling by text or phone.

Children Services reminds us to stay vigilant about children in your neighbourhood. If you suspect a child may be in distress please call the Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-KIDS(5437) or call 911.

Alberta Cares Connector is a website that connects volunteers with charities to see where help is needed.

Nominate someone for the new Northern Lights Award which was created to recognize people who have done amazing things in their community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benefits, credits and support payments with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA): COVID-19: Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).

Support for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19 has been announced.

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