UPDATE: 4,480 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, 73 deaths

125,310 people tested for COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, 4,407 tests done

Update April 26, 4:53 p.m.

Confirmed recovered cases now number 1,549, and 247 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing the total number to 4,480. 

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 3,104 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 598 cases in the South zone
    • 479 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 182 cases in the North zone
    • 83 cases in the Central zone
    • 34 cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 83 people in hospital, 20 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • 460 cases are suspected of being community-acquired.
  • The total deaths are 73: 46 in the Calgary zone; 14 in the North zone; 10 in the Edmonton zone; two in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
  • To date, 435 cases have been confirmed at continuing care facilities, and 48 residents at these facilities have died.
  • There have been 125,310 people tested for COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, 4,407 tests have been completed.

Mental health supports

Confidential supports are available to help with mental health concerns. The Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 and the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

Family violence prevention
  • A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line is available at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in more than 170 languages.
  • Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are available at alberta.ca/COVID19.
Quick facts
  • The most important measure Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, and disposing of tissues appropriately.
  • Any individual exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath, is eligible for testing. People can access testing by completing the COVID-19 self-assessment online. A separate self-assessment tool is available for health-care and shelter workers, enforcement and first responders. After completing the form, there is no need to call 811.
  • All Albertans need to work together to overcome COVID-19. Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.

Updated April 17, 8 p.m.

There are now 1,124 confirmed recovered cases of COVID-19 in the province. A total of 239 new cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 2,397. No Albertans have died since the last report.

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 1,673 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 429 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 135 cases in the North zone
    • 77 cases in the Central zone
    • 68 cases in the South zone
    • 15 cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 60 people in hospital, 13 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • 400 cases are suspected of being community-acquired.
  • A total of 50 Albertans have died from COVID-19 to date: 34 in the Calgary zone, eight in the Edmonton zone, seven in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
  • To date, 270 cases have been confirmed at continuing care facilities, and 32 residents at these facilities have died.
  • There have been 89,144 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 92,805 tests performed by the lab. In the last 24 hours, 3,831 people have been tested.
  • Effective immediately, Alberta Health Services will assume administration of Manoir du Lac in McLennan. Learn more here.
  • The 310 call centre is assuming standard hours of operation, from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, and will not be open this weekend.

Updated April 16, 6 p.m.

Since the last report, 162 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 2,158.

Updated April 15, 5 p.m.The total number of cases in Alberta is 1,996.

  • An unexpected network issue occurred during the last 24 hours that has temporarily limited data reporting, including the number of recovered cases and the breakdown of cases by zones across the province.
  • Once network problems have been resolved, updated data will be released as part of the April 16 daily update.
  • 126 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 1,996.
  • No new deaths have been reported.
  • There have been 82,534 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 85,502 tests performed by the lab. There were 2,839 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Effective April 15, continuing care workers are required to wear masks at all times when providing direct patient care or working in patient care areas.
  • Starting April 16, workers in long-term care and designated supportive living sites will only be allowed to work at one location. This requirement must be fully implemented no later than April 23.
  • All Albertans need to work together to overcome COVID-19. Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.

Updated April 13, 5 p.m.

There are now 877 confirmed recovered cases of COVID-19 in the province. With 81 new cases reported, the total number of cases in Alberta is 1,732. Two Albertans have died since the last report, bringing the total deaths in the province to 46. 

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 1,114 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 399 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 105 cases in the North zone
    • 74 cases in the Central zone
    • 33 cases in the South zone
    • Seven cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 47 people in hospital, 14 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • 254 cases are suspected of being community acquired.
  • A total of 32 people have died in the Calgary zone, seven people have died in the Edmonton zone, six people have died in the North zone, and one person has died in the Central zone.
  • One of the latest deaths was a resident of the Carewest Sarcee long-term care facility in Calgary zone. There have been a total of 13 cases at this facility.
  • Stronger outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 199 cases have been confirmed at these facilities, with a total of 29 deaths.
  • There have been 77,007 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 79,781 tests performed by the lab. There were 2,465 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Effective April 15, continuing care workers will be required to wear masks at all times when providing direct patient care or working in patient care areas.
  • Starting April 16, workers in long-term care and designated supportive living sites will only be allowed to work at one location. This requirement must be fully implemented no later than April 23.

Updated April 12, 10 p.m.

There are now 823 confirmed recovered cases of COVID-19 in the province. With 82 new cases reported, the total number of cases in Alberta is 1,651. Four Albertans have died since the last report, bringing the total deaths in the province to 44.

Updated April 9, 5 p.m.

There are now 592 confirmed recovered cases of COVID-19 in the province. With 28 new cases reported, the total number of cases in Alberta is 1,451. Another three Albertans have died since the last report, bringing the total deaths in the province to 32.

  • Expanded access to testing has begun to better trace the spread of COVID-19 in hard-hit areas and in vulnerable residents.
  • Albertans are strongly encouraged to stay home and in the province this long weekend.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 878 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 376 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 97 cases in the North zone
    • 72 cases in the Central zone
    • 26 cases in the South zone
    • Two cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 47 people in hospital, 14 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • 192 cases are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 592 confirmed recovered cases.
  • Two new deaths are from the Calgary zone, bringing the total in this zone to 22. One additional person has died in the Edmonton zone, bringing the number of deaths to five in this zone. Four people have died in the North zone, and one person has died in the Central zone.
  • Stronger outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 151 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 68,116 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 70,247 tests performed by the lab. There were 1,333 people tested in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Tighter restrictions have been placed on visitors to continuing care centres, group homes and other facilities. No visitors will be allowed unless a resident is dying or the visitor is essential for delivering care that cannot be delivered by staff.
  • As Albertans look forward to the holiday weekend, they are being reminded to:
    • avoid gatherings outside of their immediate household
    • visit over coffee remotely and virtually
    • try to shop for groceries outside of peak hours
    • limit Easter egg hunts to inside or on their property
    • find ways to connect while being physically separated
    • worship in a way that does not put people at risk, including participating in virtual or live-streamed religious celebrations

More guidelines for faith-based organizations can be found online.

Updated April 8, 5 p.m.

There are now 518 confirmed recovered cases of COVID-19.  Fifty new cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 1,423. Three more Albertans, including a resident at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre, have died since the last report, bringing the total deaths in the province to 29.

Latest updates

  • A total of 1,005 cases are laboratory confirmed and 418 are probable cases (symptomatic close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases). Laboratory positivity rates remain consistent at two per cent.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 860 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 368 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 95 cases in the North zone
    • 72 cases in the Central zone
    • 26 cases in the South zone
    • Two cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 44 people in hospital, 16 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Of the 1,423 total cases, 206 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 518 confirmed recovered cases.
  • The three new deaths are from the Calgary zone, bringing the total in this zone to 20. Four people have died in the Edmonton zone, four in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
  • Stronger outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 145 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 66,783 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 68,726 tests performed by the lab. There were 1,645 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Tighter restrictions have been placed on visitors to continuing care centres, group homes and other facilities. No visitors will be allowed unless a resident is dying or the visitor is essential for delivering care that cannot be delivered by staff.
  • Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • A new guidance document is posted for symptomatic and asymptomatic health-care workers and those in public health enforcement. The document outlines next steps for isolation or return to work.
  • As Albertans look forward to the holiday weekend, they are being reminded to:
    • avoid gatherings outside of their immediate household
    • find ways to connect while being physically separated
    • worship in a way that does not put people at risk, including participating in virtual or live-streamed religious celebrations

More guidelines for faith-based organizations can be found online.

Modelling the extent of COVID-19 in Alberta

The province released two different scenarios or forecasts estimating the trajectory of COVID-19 in Alberta and the impacts on the health system. Preparing for multiple scenarios – including the probable trajectory and an elevated trajectory – help ensure the right resources and supports are in place to help Albertans. This includes sufficient hospital and intensive care unit beds, ventilators and protective personal equipment for Albertans and the health-care workers caring for them. Full details of the modelling are available here.

Regulatory reporting deferrals

The Government of Alberta is immediately deferring specific legislated reporting requirements for energy companies under the Coal Conservation Act, the Oil and Gas Conservation Act and the Oil Sands Conservation Act.

These deferrals will not affect any monitoring requirements that ensure Alberta’s public safety and environmental protection, or any reporting required for royalty calculation and collection.

The order will expire on August 14, or 60 days after the date on which the public health emergency ends, whichever is earlier.

Updated April 7, 5 p.m.

Twenty-five new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 1,373. Two more Albertans, including one resident at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre, have died since the last report, bringing the total deaths in the province to 26.

Latest updates

  • While there are only 25 new reported cases, it is important to not place too much emphasis or predict trends on any given day’s figures. Low cases are likely partially a delayed result of the testing changes implemented on March 23. Despite aggressive measures, cases are expected to continue to rise.
  • Tighter restrictions have been placed on visitors to continuing care centres, group homes and other facilities.
  • A total of 967 cases are laboratory confirmed and 406 are probable cases (symptomatic close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases). Laboratory positivity rates remain consistent at two per cent.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 835 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 358 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 90 cases in the North zone
    • 66 cases in the Central zone
    • 22 cases in the South zone
    • Two cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 42 people in hospital, 15 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Of the 1,373 total cases, 199 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 447 confirmed recovered cases.
  • Two new deaths are from the Calgary zone. There have been 17 deaths in the Calgary zone, four in the Edmonton zone, four in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
  • Stronger outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 130 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 65,265 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 67,117 tests performed by the lab. There were 1,203 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • A new guidance document is posted for symptomatic and asymptomatic health-care workers and those in public health enforcement. The document outlines next steps for isolation or return to work.
  • As Albertans look forward to the holiday weekend, they are being reminded to:
    • avoid gatherings outside of their immediate household
    • find ways to connect while being physically separated
    • worship in a way that does not put people at risk, including participating in virtual or live-streamed religious celebrations
    • More guidelines for faith-based organizations can be found online.

No visitors at continuing care facilities

Families and friends can no longer visit long-term care centres, licensed group homes and other facilities as part of the ongoing work to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans.

Under an amended public health order, no visitors will be allowed unless a resident is dying or the visitor is essential for delivering care that cannot be delivered by staff. Read more details in the news release and in the public health order.

Updated April 6, 10 p.m.

Ninety-eight new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 1,348. One Albertan has died since the last report, bringing the total deaths in the province to 24.

Latest updates

  • A total of 953 cases are laboratory confirmed and 395 are probable cases (symptomatic close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases). Laboratory positivity rates remain consistent at two per cent.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 817 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 351 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 89 cases in the North zone
    • 66 cases in the Central zone
    • 22 cases in the South zone
    • Three cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 40 people in hospital, 16 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Of the 1,348 total cases, 204 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 361 confirmed recovered cases.
  • One additional death has been reported in the Calgary zone. There have been 15 deaths in the Calgary zone, four in the Edmonton zone, four in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
  • Strong outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 112 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 64,183 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 65,914 tests performed by the lab. There have been 821 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced further restrictions for visitors to Alberta hospitals.
  • AHS has expanded its testing criteria for COVID-19 to include symptomatic individuals in the following roles or age groups:
    • Group home and shelter workers
    • First responders, including firefighters
    • Those involved in COVID-19 enforcement, including police, peace officers, bylaw officers, environmental health officers, and Fish and Wildlife officers
    • Correctional facility staff, working in either a provincial or federal facility
    • Starting April 7, individuals over the age of 65
  • Anyone among these groups is urged to use the AHS online assessment tool for health-care workers, enforcement and first responders.
  • Medical masks and respirators must be kept for health-care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. Those who choose to wear a non-medical face mask should:
    • continue to follow all other public health guidance (staying two metres away from others, wash hands regularly, stay home when sick)
    • wash their hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off (in addition to practising good hand hygiene while wearing it)
    • ensure it fits well (non-gaping)
    • not share it with others
    • avoid touching the mask while wearing it
    • change masks as soon they get damp or soiled
  • As Albertans look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend, they are being reminded to:
    • avoid gatherings outside of their immediate household
    • find ways to connect while being physically separated
    • worship in a way that does not put people at risk, including participating in virtual or live-streamed religious celebrations

More guidelines for faith-based organizations can be found online.

Updated April 5, 8:30 p.m.

Three Albertans have died since the last report, bringing the total in the province to 23 deaths. In addition, 69 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 1,250.

Latest updates

  • A total of 919 cases are laboratory confirmed, and 331 are probable cases (symptomatic close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases). Laboratory positivity rates remain consistent at two per cent.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 774 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 309 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 67 cases in the Central zone
    • 77 cases in the North zone
    • 20 cases in the South zone
    • Three cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 48 people in hospital, of which 13 have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Of the 1,250 total cases, 152 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 279 confirmed recovered cases.
  • Three additional deaths have been reported in the Calgary, Central and North zones. That is a total of 14 deaths in the Calgary zone, four in the Edmonton zone, four in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
  • Strong outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 106 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 63,115 people tested for COVID-19, and a total of 64,806 tests performed by the lab. There have been 698 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced further restrictions for visitors to Alberta hospitals.
  • AHS has expanded its testing criteria for COVID-19 to include symptomatic individuals in the following roles:
    • Group home and shelter workers
    • First responders, including firefighters
    • Those involved in COVID-19 enforcement, including police, peace officers, bylaw officers, environmental health officers, and Fish and Wildlife officers
    • Correctional facility staff, working in either a provincial or federal facility.
  • Anyone among these groups is urged to use the AHS online assessment tool for health-care workers, enforcement and first responders.
  • As Albertans look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend, they are being reminded to:
    • avoid gatherings outside of their immediate household
    • find ways to connect while being physically separated
    • worship in a way that does not put people at risk, including participating in virtual or live-streamed religious celebrations
  • More guidelines for faith-based organizations can be found online.

Healthy at home

Albertans are encouraged to stay healthy at home by maintaining their physical and mental health during COVID-19. Tips and ideas are available from a variety of online sources including Active for Life.  Post your wellness activities by using the hashtag #HealthyAtHomeAB. 

Updated April 4, 10:30 p.m.

Two Albertans have died since the last report, bringing the total COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 20. In addition, 106 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number in Alberta to 1,181.

Latest updates

  • Fifty-one of the new 106 cases are laboratory confirmed, and 55 are probable (symptomatic close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases). There is a delay in the reporting of probable cases because those cases are manually entered into the system. This does not reflect a single day increase of 55 new cases. Laboratory positivity rates remain consistent at two per cent.
  • Strong outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 734 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 290 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 66 cases in the Central zone
    • 68 cases in the North zone
    • 18 cases in the South zone
    • Five cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 42 people in hospital, 14 of which have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Of the 1,181 total cases, 133 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There is now a total of 240 confirmed recovered cases.
  • There have been two additional deaths reported in the Calgary zone for a total of 20 deaths in Alberta. That’s a total of 13 deaths in the Calgary zone, four in the Edmonton zone and three in the North zone.
  • Alberta Health is tracking nine outbreaks at continuing care facilities. To date, 93 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 62,520 people tested for COVID-19, and a total of 64,108 tests performed by the lab. There have been 2,148 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Albertans are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 people, and they must continue to observe two metres of physical distancing. This includes events both indoors and outdoors, such as family gatherings, weddings and funerals. Further details are available online.
  • Alberta Health Services has announced further restrictions for visitors to Alberta hospitals. Details on the restrictions, as well as exceptions, can be found online.
  • Alberta Health Services has expanded its testing criteria for COVID-19 to include symptomatic individuals in the following roles:
    • Group home and shelter workers
    • First responders, including firefighters
    • Those involved in COVID-19 enforcement, including police, peace officers, bylaw officers, environmental health officers, and Fish and Wildlife officers
    • Correctional facility staff in both provincial and federal facilities
  • Anyone working in these groups is urged to use Alberta Health Services’ online assessment tool for healthcare workers, enforcement and first responders.

Updated April 3, 6:22 p.m.

Another five Albertans have died since the last report, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 18. In addition, 107 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in Alberta to 1,075.

Latest updates

  • Strong outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 671 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 263 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 62 cases in the Central zone
    • 57 cases in the North zone
    • 16 cases in the South zone
    • Six cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 39 people in hospital, with 15 admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • In total, there have been 74 hospitalizations, with 24 admissions to ICUs.
  • Of the 1,075 total cases, 137 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 196 confirmed recovered cases.
  • There have been four additional deaths reported in the Calgary zone, and one in the Edmonton zone for a total of 18 deaths in Alberta. Eleven of these deaths have been in the Calgary zone, four have been in the Edmonton zone and three occurred in the North zone.
  • Alberta Health is tracking nine outbreaks at continuing care facilities. To date, 88 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 60,508 people tested for COVID-19, and a total of 61,960 tests performed by the lab. There have been 3,563 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Albertans are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 people, and they must continue to observe two metres of social distancing. This includes events both indoors and outdoors, such as family gatherings, weddings and funerals. Further details are available online.

Bits and Pieces program

More than 1,100 offers of support have poured into the government’s Bits and Pieces program from private and non-profit organizations. Offers include commercial vehicles, hotel rooms and mobile trailers, food and water services, hospital gowns, face masks, ventilators and other personal protective equipment.

Support for family violence prevention

Government is providing $60 million in one-time emergency funding to adult homeless shelters, women’s emergency shelters, and charities and not-for-profit organizations to support their response to COVID-19:

  • $25 million to homeless-serving agencies
  • $5 million to women’s emergency shelters
  • $30 million to charities, not-for-profits and civil society organizations

Government is also providing $50 million in financial support for self-isolating Albertans with no other source of income to help to reduce economic pressure on families.

Community and Social Services is working on increasing public awareness about family violence during COVID-19:

  • YourAlberta and Community and Social Services social media accounts are promoting the Family Violence Info Line as a resource during the pandemic.
  • The alberta.ca/COVID19 webpage includes information on family violence and mental health.
  • Community and Social Services is developing a fact sheet on family violence and COVID-19 for front-line staff in the public health and family violence sectors.
  • Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women is developing a list of supports for people experiencing gender-based violence.

Access to justice updates

The Provincial Court of Alberta has updated schedules and practice notices at https://www.albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/covid.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has released a definition of emergency/urgent matters at https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/definition-of-emergency-urgent-matters.

The Court of Appeal will now permit the remote commissioning of affidavits. Find more information at https://www.albertacourts.ca/ca/publications/announcements/notice—covid-19-remote-commissioning-of-affidavits.

Outbreak standards for health settings

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has outlined orders on how to control outbreaks of COVID-19 and protect the residents and staff of licensed supportive living (including group homes and lodges), long-term care (nursing homes and auxiliary hospitals), and residential addiction treatment service providers licensed under the Mental Health Services Protection Act.

Under the orders, operators will be required to notify public health authorities, along with residents, families and staff, as soon as one individual (resident or staff) exhibits COVID-19 symptoms.

Staff who work at multiple facilities are required to immediately inform their supervisors if they have worked or are working at a facility where there is a suspected, probable or confirmed outbreak.

To protect our most vulnerable, in the case of a confirmed outbreak, operators will require staff members to work exclusively at one facility. This is in addition to the worker health screening guidelines that are already in place.

The new standards provide operators with direction, in varying levels of outbreak, on how to deploy staff and resources where most needed, implement isolation measures, and ensure staff have up-to-date training on care and protective equipment.

List of essential workplaces

The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found online.

Emergency isolation supports

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing online access to MADI and the emergency isolation support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 31, 5:30 p.m.

Sixty-four additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 754. There is one additional death in the Calgary zone.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 453 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 187 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 51 cases in the Central zone
    • 50 cases in the North zone
    • 12 cases in the South zone
    • One case in a zone that is yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 26 people in hospital, with 11 admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • In total, there have been 49 hospitalizations, with 17 admissions to ICUs.
  • Seventy-five of the 754 cases are suspected of being community acquired.
  • Seventy-seven confirmed cases involve health-care workers, including staff in continuing care facilities. We continue to refine reporting for health-care worker cases.
  • There are now a total of 120 confirmed recovered cases.
  • There are a total of nine deaths in Alberta – five in the Calgary zone, three in the Edmonton zone, and one in the North zone.
  • Alberta Health is tracking outbreaks in the following facilities. Updates on confirmed case numbers will be provided in the April 1 update:
    • Calgary zone: McKenzie Towne Long Term Care and Carewest Glenmore Park centre
    • Edmonton zone: Shepherd’s Care Kensington
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Albertans are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 people, and they must continue to observe two metres of social distancing. This includes events both indoors and outdoors, such as family gatherings, weddings and funerals. Further details are available online.

Access to justice

The Court of Queen’s Bench will now permit counsel to submit master and justice consent orders for processing through email. More information: www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/processing-of-master-justice-consent-orders-by-email

Charities and non-profit organizations

Eligibility criteria for emergency funding for charities and not-for-profit organizations impacted by COVID-19 is available at https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-funding-for-charities-and-not-for-profit-organizations.aspx.

List of essential workplaces

The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found online.

Emergency isolation supports

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing access to MADI and the emergency isolation support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.

There is no formal deadline for emergency isolation support. This is a temporary program to bridge the gap until the Federal Emergency Care Benefit is available.

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including Chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgB2tzp6aEI&feature=youtu.beOVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 30, 4:55 p.m.

Five more Albertans have died from COVID-19, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Monday. Alberta now has eight deaths from the virus.

Dr. Hinshaw also announced 29 more cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 690.

Updated March 29, 7:40 p.m.

A third Albertan has died and 40 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 661.

Aggressive public health measures continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 408 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 149 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 46 cases in the Central zone
    • 45 cases in the North zone
    • 12 cases in the South zone
    • One case in a zone that is yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there have been 41 hospitalizations, with 14 admissions to intensive care units (ICU), and three deaths reported.
  • Up to 60 of the 661 cases may be due to community transmission.
  • McKenzie Towne Long Term Care has 11 new cases identified, bringing the total to 26 at that facility. There are no reported changes for Rosedale on the Park (one case) and Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village (four cases).
  • There are now a total of 73 confirmed recovered cases.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Albertans are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 people, and they must continue to observe two metres of social distancing. This includes events both indoors and outdoors, such as family gatherings, weddings and funerals. Further details are available online.

Vehicle restrictions in parks and recreation areas

Vehicle access to provincial parks, and parking lots and staging areas on public land has been suspended to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, in addition to facilities that have also been closed. Alberta Environment and Parks is doing its part to protect Albertans and parks employees. Included in the vehicle access closures are provincial recreation areas and public land recreation areas, where parking lots and staging areas exist.

List of essential workplaces

The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found online.

Mental health supports

AHS has boosted its service to help Albertans should they need to speak with someone about mental health concerns.

If Albertans call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2323 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, they will be connected directly to a dedicated team of AHS addiction and mental health staff.

This will allow the 811 health team to focus on COVID-19 calls during the day and improve wait times for others needing telephone advice. Calls placed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will continue to be routed through 811.

Emergency isolation supports

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing access to MADI and the emergency isolation support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.

There is no formal deadline for emergency isolation support. This is a temporary program to bridge the gap until the Federal Emergency Care Benefit is available.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 28, 6:14 p.m.

Seventy-nine additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 621. Aggressive public health measures continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 378 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 139 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 48 cases in the Central zone
    • 43 cases in the North zone
    • 12 cases in the South zone
    • One case is in a zone which is yet to be confirmed
  • In total, there have been 38 hospitalizations, with 12 admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Two deaths have been reported.
  • Up to 54 of the 621 cases may be due to community transmission.
  • To date, 20 cases have been identified in staff and residents of continuing care facilities, including 15 in McKenzie Towne Long Term Care, one case in Rosedale on the Park and four at Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village (unchanged from yesterday).
  • There are now a total of 53 confirmed recovered cases.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions are in place for close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Albertans are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 people, and they must continue to observe two metres of social distancing. This includes events both indoors and outdoors, such as family gatherings, weddings and funerals. Further details are available online.
  • Guidelines for health care workers to follow regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for individuals who may have COVID-19 are available online.
  • Risk assessment and management guidelines for managers and operators of industrial work camps are available online.

Increased security for Alberta renters

A new package of direct supports and deferrals is being provided to ensure security for residential renters amid the financial burden brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. Tenants will be protected from eviction for non-payment before May 1, 2020, rents will not increase during the state of public health emergency and late fees cannot be applied to rent payments for three months.

Vehicle restrictions in parks and recreation areas

Automobile access is temporarily suspended at all provincial park and recreation area access points. This matches the restrictions currently in place at national parks.

List of essential workplaces

The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found online.

Recruiting physicians

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has developed an online tool for Alberta physicians to self-report their ability to be redeployed to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the College has identified doctors who can provide additional services, AHS will help with recruitment and ensure the doctors are deployed to the areas of greatest need where they will have the most impact.

Operating guide for continuing care

A new guide with mandated directions on how to respond to and prevent COVID-19 concerns and cases has been posted online for operators of continuing care facilities, seniors lodges, residential addiction treatment facilities and licensed facilities for person with disabilities.

Diagnostic imaging and lab tests

Effective immediately, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is postponing some diagnostic imaging procedures as part of the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans. Imaging deemed to be non-urgent by the ordering physician will be postponed.

AHS will work closely with patients whose exams are being rescheduled. Patients whose conditions change should connect with their physicians.

To free up more laboratory space for COVID-19 testing, physicians and community providers are being asked to immediately stop all non-essential and routine laboratory testing.

Flexibility for municipal governments

Government has added a new COVID-19 containment measure under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) called the COVID-19 Suppression Regulation. This gives local governments flexibility in doing business during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the option to hold meetings while still observing physical distancing. Municipal Affairs has extended a number of reporting timelines under the MGA, giving municipalities the time and ability to deliver on the needs of their residents and meet the requirements set out by the act.

Mental health supports

AHS has boosted its service to help Albertans should they need to speak with someone about mental health concerns.

If Albertans call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2323 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, they will be connected directly to a dedicated team of AHS addiction and mental health staff.

This change will allow 811 operators to focus on COVID-19 calls during the day and improve wait times for others needing telephone advice. Calls placed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will continue to be routed through 811.

Pausing some health construction projects and non-essential service contracts

In order to protect patients, families and staff providing key services inside health-care facilities, AHS has informed some contractors and vendors that provide non-essential services at some health facilities that their projects will be temporarily paused.

These include non-essential delivery services and facility maintenance, such as flooring replacement, departmental renovations or lighting retrofit projects.

Alberta Infrastructure is also working with AHS to ensure that construction projects being done inside health facilities do not impact the operations of the facility.

As each project is reviewed and assessed, Infrastructure will provide notice to affected contractors if any projects are deferred.

Emergency isolation supports

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing access to MADI and the emergency isolation support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.

There is no formal deadline for emergency isolation support. This is a temporary program to bridge the gap until the Federal Emergency Care Benefit is available.

Access to justice

Effective March 30, 2020, public access to all courthouses in Alberta will be restricted until further notice. Members of the general public will only be permitted to enter a courthouse in certain circumstances. More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/notice-to-the-public-and-legal-profession-restricted-access-to-courthouses.

The Court of Queen’s Bench is accepting requests for emergency/urgent hearings in all criminal, family, commercial and civil matters online or over the phone (for parties without access to the internet). More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/requests-to-the-court-for-emergency-urgent-hearings.

Food supply

Despite higher retail demand, Alberta’s food supply remains secure. Government is in regular contact with other levels of government, producers, distributors, retailers and processors to ensure it stays that way. We are working with food banks and Indigenous communities to understand their needs and ensure everyone has access to the food supplies they need.

Medical evaluation for drivers’ licences

Alberta Transportation has extended the timeline to 90 days for most drivers requiring a medical evaluation to complete their medical form when applying for or renewing their licence. This will reduce the current strain on the health-care system. Medically high-risk drivers will still be required to present their medical evaluation at the time of their application or renewal.

Offers of help

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit ca/COVID19.

Updated March 27, 4:38 p.m.

Fifty-six additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 542.

To protect Albertans and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the province has introduced new restrictions on mass gatherings and specific types of businesses.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 337 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 120 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 30 cases in the North zone
    • 43 cases in the Central zone
    • 12 cases in the South zone
  • Of these cases, 23 are currently hospitalized, including 10 admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • In total, there have been 34 hospitalizations, with 11 admissions to an ICU.
  • Two deaths have been reported.
  • Up to 42 of the 542 cases may be due to community transmission.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed March 24 at the Nelson Home, a Calgary group home for persons with developmental disabilities. Two care workers and a resident have tested positive for COVID-19, and two other residents have been tested, with one negative result and no results available yet on a second. All individuals are self-isolating.
  • To date, 20 cases have been identified in staff and residents of continuing care facilities, including 15 in McKenzie Towne Long Term Care, one case in Rosedale on the Park and four at Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village.
  • There are six new confirmed recovered cases, bringing the total to 33.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Public access to all courthouses in Alberta is restricted, and the Court of Queen’s Bench has updated the process of requesting emergency/urgent hearings.

Increased security for Alberta renters

A new package of direct supports and deferrals is being provided to provide security for residential renters amid the financial burden brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.

Tenants will be protected from eviction for non-payment before May 1, 2020, rents will not increase during the state of public health emergency and late fees cannot be applied to rent payments for three months.

Vehicle restrictions in parks and recreation areas

Automobile access is temporarily suspended at all provincial park and recreation area access points. This matches the restrictions currently in place at national parks.

New restrictions on non-essential businesses

New restrictions are in place for close contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services.

Non-essential retail services include:

  • Gift and specialty stores
  • Jewellery & accessories
  • Non-essential health and beauty care
  • Luggage
  • Art and framing
  • Mens’, ladies’ and children’s wear
  • Shoes
  • Bridal
  • Computers & gaming
  • Hobby & Toy
  • Photo, music and books
  • Sporting goods

List of essential workplaces

The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found here.

New restrictions on mass gatherings

In addition, Albertans are prohibited from attending gatherings of more than 15 people, and they must continue to observe two metres of social distancing.

Recruiting physicians

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta has developed an online tool for Alberta physicians to self-report their ability to be redeployed to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. Once the College has identified doctors who can provide additional services, AHS will help with recruitment and ensure the doctors are deployed to the areas of greatest need where they will have the most impact.

Operating guide for continuing care

A new guide with mandated directions on how to respond to and prevent COVID-19 concerns and cases has been posted online for operators of continuing care facilities, seniors lodges, residential addiction treatment facilities and licensed facilities for person with disabilities.

Diagnostic imaging and lab tests

Effective immediately, Alberta Health Services (AHS) is postponing some diagnostic imaging procedures as part of the effort to prevent spread of COVID-19 and protect Albertans. Imaging deemed to be non-urgent by the ordering physician will be postponed.

AHS will work closely with patients whose exams are being rescheduled. Patients whose conditions change should connect with their physicians.

To free up more laboratory space for COVID-19 testing, physicians and community providers are being asked to immediately stop all non-essential and routine laboratory testing.

Flexibility for municipal governments

Government has added a new COVID-19 containment measure under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) called the COVID-19 Suppression Regulation. This gives local governments flexibility in doing business during the COVID-19 outbreak, including the option to hold meetings while still observing physical distancing. Municipal Affairs has extended a number of reporting timelines under the MGA, giving municipalities the time and ability to deliver on the needs of their residents and meet the requirements set out by the Act.

Mental health supports

AHS has boosted its service to help Albertans should they need to speak with someone about mental health concerns.

If Albertans call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2323 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, they will be connected directly to a dedicated team of AHS addiction and mental health staff.

This change will support 811 operators to focus on COVID-19 calls during the day and improve wait times for others needing telephone advice. Calls placed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will continue to be routed through 811.

Pausing some health construction projects and non-essential service contracts
In order to protect patients, families and staff providing key services inside health-care facilities, AHS has informed some contractors and vendors that provide non-essential services at some health facilities that their projects will be temporarily paused.

These include non-essential delivery services and facility maintenance, such as flooring replacement, departmental renovations or lighting retrofit projects.

Alberta Infrastructure is also working with AHS to ensure that construction projects being done inside health facilities do not impact the operations of the facility.

As each project is reviewed and assessed, Infrastructure will provide notice to affected contractors if any projects are deferred.

Emergency isolation supports

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing access to MADI and the Emergency Isolation Support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.

Access to justice

Effective March 30, 2020, public access to all courthouses in Alberta will be restricted until further notice. Members of the general public will only be permitted to enter a courthouse in certain circumstances. More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/notice-to-the-public-and-legal-profession-restricted-access-to-courthouses.


The Court of Queen’s Bench is accepting requests for emergency/urgent hearings in all criminal, family, commercial and civil matters online or over the phone (for parties without access to the internet). More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/requests-to-the-court-for-emergency-urgent-hearings.

Food supply

Despite higher retail demand, Alberta’s food supply remains secure. Government is in regular contact with other levels of government, producers, distributors, retailers and processors to ensure it stays that way. We are working with food banks and Indigenous communities to understand their needs and ensure everyone has access to the food supplies they need.

Medical evaluation for drivers’ licences

Alberta Transportation has extended the timeline to 90 days for most drivers requiring a medical evaluation to complete their medical form when applying for or renewing their licence. This will reduce the current strain on the health-care system. Medically high-risk drivers will still be required to present their medical evaluation at the time of their application or renewal.

Offers of help

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 26, 5:30 p.m.

Sixty-seven additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 486.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 300 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 111 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 26 cases in the North zone
    • 37 cases in the Central zone
    • 12 cases in the South zone
  • Of these cases, 21 are currently hospitalized, including 10 admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • In total, there have been 28 hospitalizations, with 11 admissions to an ICU.
  • Two deaths have been reported.
  • Up to 34 of the 486 cases may be due to community transmission.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed March 24 at the Nelson Home, a Calgary group home for persons with developmental disabilities. Two care workers and a resident have tested positive for COVID-19, and two other residents have been tested with no results available yet. All individuals are self-isolating.
  • To date, 17 cases have been identified in staff and residents of continuing care facilities, including 14 in McKenzie Towne Long Term Care, one case in Rosedale on the Park and two at Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village.
  • There are 24 new confirmed recovered cases, bringing the total to 27.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.

Mental health supports

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has boosted its service to help Albertans should they need to speak with someone about mental health concerns.

If Albertans call the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 or the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2323 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week, they will be connected directly to a dedicated team of AHS addiction and mental health staff.

This change will support 811 operators to focus on COVID-19 calls during the day and improve wait times for others needing telephone advice. Calls placed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. will continue to be routed through 811.

Pausing some health construction projects and non-essential service contracts
In order to protect patients, families and staff providing key services inside health-care facilities, AHS has informed some contractors and vendors that provide non-essential services at some health facilities that their projects will be temporarily paused.

These include non-essential delivery services and facility maintenance, such as flooring replacement, departmental renovations or lighting retrofit projects.

Alberta Infrastructure is also working with AHS to ensure that construction projects being done inside health facilities do not impact the operations of the facility.

As each project is reviewed and assessed, Infrastructure will provide notice to affected contractors if any projects are deferred.

Emergency isolation supports

Emergency isolation supports are available for Albertans who are self-isolating or who are the sole caregivers for someone in self-isolation, and have no other source of income. Applicants can view eligibility criteria and apply at alberta.ca. To carefully manage the flow of applications, we are periodically closing access to MADI and the Emergency Isolation Support. We will provide daily updates about system availability.

Access to justice

Provincial Court of Alberta’s case management offices are closing and the Court of Queen’s Bench has updated processes.

Effective March 27, the Provincial Court of Alberta will close all of its case management offices. More information: https://albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/announcements/closure-of-case-management-offices-(cmo)

The Court of Queen’s Bench will allow remote commissioning of affidavits in certain situations. More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/npp-remote-commissioning-of-affidavits.

The Court of Queen’s Bench has updates regarding modified hearings, processes for criminal, civil and family matters and rescheduled hearings. More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/covid-19-amendments-to-master-order-2.

Food supply

Despite higher retail demand, Alberta’s food supply remains secure. Government is in regular contact with other levels of government, producers, distributors, retailers and processors to ensure it stays that way. We are working with food banks and Indigenous communities to understand their needs and ensure everyone has access to the food supplies they need.

Medical evaluation for drivers’ licences

Alberta Transportation has extended the timeline to 90 days for most drivers requiring a medical evaluation to complete their medical form when applying for or renewing their licence. This will reduce the current strain on the health-care system. Medically high-risk drivers will still be required to present their medical evaluation at the time of their application or renewal.

Offers of help

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 24, 6:25 p.m.

A second Albertan has died and 57 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 358. Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 214 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 86 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 20 cases in the North zone
    • 28 cases in the Central zone
    • Eight cases in the South zone
    • Two cases where the zone is still under investigation
  • Of these cases, 19 have been hospitalized, seven have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU), and two patients have died.
  • Up to 28 of these cases may be due to community transmission.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak was confirmed last night at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in Calgary.
    • This has resulted in one death of a resident – the second COVID-19 related death in the province. The individual was a female in her 80s. She developed symptoms on March 22 and died March 23.
    • One staff member and two other residents have tested positive.
    • There are 11 other symptomatic residents with tests pending.
    • The source of the infection is not yet known.
  • The number of confirmed recovered cases remains at three. A longer-term process for determining timely reporting of recovered cases is underway.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans who have travelled outside of the country, including snowbirds returning home from wintering in the United States and other countries, must go straight home upon returning to Alberta and self-isolate for 14 days.
    • This means not going to the grocery store, not stopping at the kennel to pick up their dog, not dropping their RV off for service or storage, and not having family and friends over to visit or going to visit them while isolated. It means going directly and immediately home, self-isolating for 14 days and monitoring for symptoms.
    • If symptoms do develop, individuals must self-isolate from all other members of their household for an additional 10 daysfrom the beginning of symptoms or until they are feeling well, whichever takes longer.
  • People not experiencing symptoms are reminded they can still go outside, but this must be limited to activities such as walks, where the individual remains two metres away from others.
  • A bonspiel event was held in Edmonton March 11 to 14, during which some physicians were exposed to COVID-19.
    • All attendees have been contacted and are self-isolating.
    • Twelve of the 47 Alberta health-care workers who attended the event have tested positive for COVID-19.
    • All of their close contacts from the time they had symptoms, including some patients, are being notified as usual through local public health followup.
    • Three of the infected individuals are physicians working in Red Deer.
      • From these three cases, although they each worked less than a day while symptomatic, a total of 58 patients and 97 other health-care workers have been or will be contacted as potential close contacts of these three.
    • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.

Community and social services

Funding criteria and forms for the emergency funding to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations are now posted online.

The Emergency Financial Assistance web page now includes information on the federal and provincial supports/programs and a link to the COVID-19 page for more information.

Community and Social Services has suspended in-person service delivery in its program offices and Alberta Supports Centres. Albertans should contact 1-877-644-9992 for more information.

Access to justice

Albertans are asked to not enter courthouses unless they have official business and to first check online for current processes.

Provincial Court of Alberta

Many youth criminal, criminal and family matters are postponed, and the number of operational courthouses and courtrooms is reduced. More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/covid

Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal will hear matters by video or teleconference. Changes have been made to filing procedures, timelines and bail check-ins. More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/ca/publications/announcements/notice-to-public-and-profession—covid-19

Court of Queen’s Bench

The Court of Queen’s Bench will now allow lawyers to e-file documents. More information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/email-filing-of-court-documents

Information about charitable gaming proceeds

Charitable groups can access information about how charitable gaming proceeds may be used during the pandemic. Contact aglc.ca for more information.

Ongoing compliance checks for bars and nightclubs

AGLC inspectors have visited 953 licensed bars and nightclubs throughout the province since March 17 and are taking enforcement action, including suspending licences, on any licensees that violate current orders to close.

Seniors facilities limiting visitation

Seniors facilities are receiving social isolation and distancing information, and stronger restrictions are being put in place for visitors to long-term and seniors care facilities. Essential visitors will be restricted to a single individual who can be family, a friend, or a paid companion who provides care and companionship necessary for the well-being of the resident (physical and mental health) and/or a single designated visitor for a person who is dying, as long as only one visitor enters the facility at a time. Every visitor will undergo a health screening.

Offers of help

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 23, 7:14 p.m.

Forty-two additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 301. Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 188 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 68 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 19 cases in the North zone
    • 17 cases in the Central zone
    • Eight cases in the South zone
  • Of these cases, 18 are currently hospitalized, seven have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU), and one patient has died. One case is unknown as the zone is being determined.
  • The number of confirmed recovered cases remains at three. A longer-term process for determining timely reporting of recovered cases is underway.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • Travellers who returned to Alberta after March 12 and have mild symptoms will no longer be tested for COVID-19. Instead, the same advice applied to all Albertans will apply to them – to self-isolate at home and away from others. This change is effective going forward, so anyone who has already been told by Health Link that they will be tested will still get tested.
  • Testing will be prioritized for the following individuals, if they are symptomatic:
    • People who are hospitalized with respiratory illness.
    • Residents of continuing care and other similar facilities.
    • People who returned from travelling abroad between March 8 and 12, before the self-isolation protocols were in place.
  • Anyone with symptoms who does not fit any of these categories should stay home and self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer.
  • Several people have contacted AHS to offer their help as health-care volunteers. Though the outpouring of support is appreciated, at this time volunteer resources will be reaching out to contact registered volunteers where needed. For more information, Alberta Health Services has guidelines in place online.
  • A bonspiel event was held in Edmonton March 11 to 14, during which some physicians were exposed to COVID-19. We have determined that 11 of the 47 Alberta health-care workers who attended the event have now tested positive for COVID-19. Many of these are physicians. Some of these individuals worked early last week before notification came through of the case associated with the event, and all contacts are being notified as per usual local public health followup. More information will be communicated as details are confirmed.
  • People not experiencing symptoms are being reminded that they can and should get outside, keeping in mind the importance of social distancing and restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • Albertans should consider remaining close to their home communities and avoid driving long distances to participate in outdoor activities, particularly in mountain parks. Many of the services Albertans are used to having, like washrooms, rest stops and restaurants, are closed on Alberta highways, in parks and at tourist attractions.
  • AHS has launched a new text-based service to give Albertans encouragement and ease feelings of stress or anxiety as they respond to recent challenges. Albertans can text COVID19Hope to 393939. In response, they will receive daily text messages on how to focus on healthy thinking or actions to help them manage their mood.
  • All Albertans need to work together to overcome COVID-19. Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
  • To reinforce this message, government has released a video to encourage people to help prevent the spread.

WCB premium payment deferral

Small, medium and large private sector employers can defer WCB premiums until early 2021.

Employers who have already paid their WCB premium payment for 2020-21 are eligible for a rebate or credit.

For small and medium businesses, the government will cover 50 per cent of the premium when it is due.

Large employers will also receive a break by having their 2020 WCB premium payments deferred until early 2021, at which time their premiums will be due.

Service changes

Community and Social Services has suspended in-person service delivery in its program offices and Alberta Supports Centres. Albertans should contact 1-877-644-9992 for more information.

Support for homeless

To date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported at homeless shelters. Government is providing $25 million to support homeless-serving agencies respond to COVID-19. A number of supports are being offered throughout the province.

City of Edmonton

  • The Edmonton EXPO Centre is being activated as an isolation and care centre.
  • Hope Mission and The Mustard Seed will activate additional capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.

City of Calgary

  • Isolation and care will operate out of hotel rooms.
  • Alpha House, the Calgary Drop-In Centre, The Mustard Seed and Inn from the Cold will activate additional spaces to meet social distancing guidelines.

City of Red Deer

  • Safe Harbour Society has relocated to accommodate an additional 100 spaces.

Additional capacity and isolation centres for Lethbridge, Red Deer and Grande Prairie are being confirmed.

Fort McMurray and Medicine Hat have shelter capacity to implement social distancing recommendations. The Government of Alberta will continue to monitor the situation in those communities.

Access to Justice

The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench has suspended booking any new non-emergency or non-urgent matters until May 1.

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/covid-19-extension-of-suspension-of-sittings

Seniors facilities limiting visitation

Seniors facilities are receiving social isolation and distancing information, and stronger restrictions are being put in place for visitors to long-term and seniors care facilities. Essential visitors will be restricted to a single individual who can be family, a friend, or a paid companion who provides care and companionship necessary for the well-being of the resident (physical and mental health) and/or a single designated visitor for a person who is dying, as long as only one visitor enters the facility at a time. Every visitor will undergo a health screening.

Offers of help

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.

General information for citizens

The Alberta Connects Contact Centre is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialling 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas.

This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.

Information for travellers

An official global travel advisory is in effect. Albertans should follow all travel recommendations.

  • Avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada and all cruise ship travel.
  • Canadians abroad should return home immediately.
  • Returning travellers should:
    • follow self-isolation guidelines and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
    • check recent domestic and international flights for confirmed cases (information is updated as cases are confirmed)

More information can be found under travel advice at alberta.ca/COVID19.

The Alberta government and Travel Alberta have launched a campaign to inform Canadians travelling in the United States and Mexico about the importance of returning home.

COVID-19 related information has been provided for departing and returning passengers at the international airports in both Edmonton and Calgary. This information has also been shared with all airports in Alberta and several airlines.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 22, 4:10 p.m.

Thirty-three additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 259. Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 164 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 60 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 18 cases in the North zone
    • 10 cases in the Central zone
    • Seven cases in the South zone
  • Of these cases, 18 are currently hospitalized, seven have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU), and one patient has died.
  • The number of confirmed recovered cases remains at three. A longer-term process for determining timely reporting of recovered cases is underway.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • Cyber security incidents involving malware and fraudulent activities, including identity theft, are being reported across Alberta in the wake of COVID-19.
    • Anyone who receives a call asking for credit card information should hang up immediately and call the non-emergency line for local law enforcement.
    • Albertans are encouraged to continue to exercise caution when clicking on links or providing personal information to people and organizations that request that information, unsolicited.
  • All Albertans need to work together to overcome COVID-19. Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
  • To reinforce this message, government has released a video to encourage people to help prevent the spread.

Seniors facilities limiting visitation

Seniors facilities are receiving social isolation and distancing information, and stronger restrictions are being put in place for visitors to long-term and seniors care facilities. Essential visitors will be restricted to a single individual who can be family, a friend, or a paid companion who provides care and companionship necessary for the well-being of the resident (physical and mental health) and/or a single designated visitor for a person who is dying, as long as only one visitor enters the facility at a time. Every visitor will undergo a health screening.

Offers of help

The Alberta Emergency Management Agency Unsolicited Offers Program has been set up in response to growing offers of generosity from individuals and organizations to help with the challenges many Albertans are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those wanting to help can go to alberta.ca/COVID19offersprogram for more information.

General information for citizens

Starting March 23, the Alberta Connects Contact Centre will be available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Albertans can call toll-free from anywhere in the province by dialling 310-4455 for general information about the Government of Alberta and its response to COVID-19, or for help contacting individual program areas.

This line cannot provide medical advice. Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.

Information for travellers

Travel outside the country is strongly discouraged. Given the rapid global spread of the virus, it is no longer possible to assess health risks for the duration of the trip.

Any traveller returning from outside of the country should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they are feeling well, and monitor for symptoms.

Any traveller who has returned before March 12 should closely monitor themselves for symptoms. If they experience symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and call Health Link 811 for follow-up assessment and testing.

The Alberta government and Travel Alberta have launched a campaign to inform Canadians travelling in the United States and Mexico about the importance of returning home.

COVID-19 related information has been provided for departing and returning passengers at the international airports in both Edmonton and Calgary. This information has also been shared with all airports in Alberta and several airlines.

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 21, 4 p.m.

Thirty-one additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 226. Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 139 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 57 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 16 cases in the North zone
    • Seven cases in the South zone
    • Six cases in the Central zone
    • One case where the zone has not yet been identified
  • Of these cases, 11 are currently hospitalized, six have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU), and one patient has died.
  • The number of recovered cases March 20 was three. We have not received an updated number.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • Cyber security incidents involving malware and fraudulent activities, including identity theft, are being reported across Alberta in the wake of COVID-19.
    • Anyone who receives a call asking for credit card information should hang up immediately and call the non-emergency line for local law enforcement.
    • Albertans are encouraged to continue to exercise caution when clicking on links or providing personal information to people and organizations requesting that information unsolicited.
  • Select licensed child care centres will begin reopening to provide child care for core service workers. Parents will be notified by their employer if they qualify to send their children to newly reopened centres, and Children’s Services will contact the centres that will be reopening directly.
    • Access will be prioritized for health-care practitioners and critical infrastructure workers, with additional space then being made available for first responders and other essential personnel.
    • Child care centres will initially be chosen based on proximity to health-care facilities and will be reopened in phases based on areas of need, starting March 23.
  • Funding for civil society organizations will be distributed through the Families and Communities Support Services (FCSS) program. Civil society organizations can connect with their local FCSS program regarding available supports within the grant guidelines and criteria that will be posted online within the next few days.
  • Alberta Supports is temporarily suspending in-person services effective March 23 until further notice. More information will be made available through web postings, social media and posted signage as it becomes available.
  • Community and Social Services is working with Alberta Health Services, the City of Edmonton and Homeward Trust to open the Edmonton Expo Centre to homeless people exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Albertans are reminded of the importance of social distancing as an important way to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
    • Albertans are discouraged from attending large shopping malls and other large public spaces, unless necessary.
    • Worship services may still take place this weekend, provided gatherings are fewer than 50 people. Those who attend must practise social distancing and proper hand hygiene. Those who are sick with a fever, cough or even mild cold-like symptoms must stay home and away from others.
    • tip sheet is available to help Albertans understand ways to minimize close contact with others in community settings.
  • Mass gathering limitations and restrictions around public recreation and private entertainment facilities remain in place across the province.
  • All public fatality inquiries scheduled between now and May 22 have been adjourned with no restart date set. Currently, pre-inquiry conferences are only proceeding on a case-by-case basis.
  • While there are no restrictions at this time regarding personal services like hair salons, Albertans are reminded to reduce the number of times they leave their house to perform errands, practise social distancing and limit the amount of time they spend in crowded spaces.
  • All Albertans need to work together to overcome COVID-19. Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
  • To reinforce this message, government has released a video to encourage people to help prevent the spread.

ATB Financial services

ATB Financial has temporarily closed selected branches and has reduced hours for all other branches in order to protect the health and safety of their team members, customers and the communities they serve. Details about ATB Financial’s customer relief programs, closures and reduced hours can be found at atb.com.

Seniors facilities limiting visitation

Seniors facilities are receiving social isolation and distancing information, and stronger restrictions are being put in place for visitors to long-term and seniors care facilities. Essential visitors will be restricted to a single individual who can be family, a friend, or a paid companion who provides care and companionship necessary for the well-being of the resident (physical and mental health) and/or a single designated visitor for a person who is dying, as long as only one visitor enters the facility at a time. Every visitor will undergo a health screening.

Driver road tests suspended

Effective immediately, driver road tests are suspended until April 20. Albertans who already have a road test booked will be able to rebook online using the same test permit at no additional charge. We are working with the commercial carrier industry to deliver emergency Class 1 road tests as necessary. 

Alberta Corporate Registry annual returns suspended

In keeping with public gathering restrictions, deadlines are suspended for businesses, corporations and non-profits that require holding annual general meetings in order to file their annual returns with Alberta Corporate Registry.

Winter camping closing

Alberta Parks is closing winter camping effective immediately and not accepting new winter camping reservations to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bookings for winter camping sites will be cancelled and customers notified via the online reservation system or by phone. Refunds will also be issued.

Liquor and cannabis retailers remain open

Liquor and cannabis retail locations remain open in Alberta. AGLC is maintaining business as usual. There is no impact to supply. Contact aglc.ca for more information.

Some liquor manufacturers producing hand sanitizer

Some Alberta distillers have begun producing or indicating an interest to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizers in their facilities to help fill a gap in many markets due to COVID-19. AGLC is supporting the manufacturers’ efforts, and more information can be found at https://aglc.ca/bulletin/production-hand-sanitizer-class-e. Check with your local distiller regarding the availability of hand sanitizers.

Information for travellers

Travel outside the country is strongly discouraged. Given the rapid global spread of the virus, it is no longer possible to assess health risks for the duration of the trip.

Any traveller returning from outside of the country should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they are feeling well, and monitor for symptoms.

Any traveller who has returned before March 12 should closely monitor themselves for symptoms. If they experience symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and call Health Link 811 for follow-up assessment and testing.

The Alberta government and Travel Alberta have launched a campaign to inform Canadians travelling in the United States and Mexico about the importance of returning home.

COVID-19 related information has been provided for departing and returning passengers at the international airports in both Edmonton and Calgary. This information has also been shared with all airports in Alberta and several airlines.

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 20, 6 p.m.

Forty-nine additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 195. Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 126 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 43 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 17 cases in the North zone
    • Five cases in the South zone
    • Four cases in the Central zone
  • Of these cases, 10 are currently hospitalized, five have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU), and one patient has died.
  • At this time, three have recovered.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.

Stronger restrictions are being put in place for visitors to long-term and seniors care facilities. Essential visitors will be restricted to a single individual who can be family, a friend, or a paid companion who provides care and companionship necessary for the well-being of the resident (physical and mental health) and/or a single designated visitor for a person who is dying, as long as only one visitor enters the facility at a time. Every visitor will undergo a health screening.

  • Albertans are reminded of the importance of social distancing as an important way to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
    • Albertans are discouraged from attending large shopping malls and other large public spaces, unless necessary.
    • tip sheet is available to help Albertans understand ways to minimize close contact with others in community settings.
  • Mass gathering limitations and restrictions around public recreation and private entertainment facilities remain in place across the province.
  • While there are no restrictions at this time regarding personal services like hair salons, Albertans are reminded to reduce the number of times they leave their house to perform errands, practise social distancing and limit the amount of time they spend in crowded spaces.
  • All Albertans need to work together to overcome COVID-19. Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.

ATB Financial services

ATB Financial has temporarily closed selected branches and has reduced hours for all other branches in order to protect the health and safety of their team members, customers and the communities they serve. Details about ATB Financial’s customer relief programs, closures and reduced hours can be found at atb.com.

Driver road tests suspended

Effective immediately, driver road tests are suspended until April 20. Albertans who already have a road test booked will be able to rebook online using the same test permit at no additional charge. We are working with the commercial carrier industry to deliver emergency Class 1 road tests as necessary. 

Alberta Corporate Registry annual returns suspended

In keeping with public gathering restrictions, deadlines are suspended for businesses, corporations and non-profits that require holding annual general meetings in order to file their annual returns with Alberta Corporate Registry.

Winter camping closing

Alberta Parks is closing winter camping effective immediately and not accepting new winter camping reservations to limit the spread of COVID-19. Bookings for winter camping sites will be cancelled and customers notified via the online reservation system or by phone. Refunds will also be issued.

Liquor and cannabis retailers remain open

Liquor and cannabis retail locations remain open in Alberta. AGLC is maintaining business as usual. There is no impact to supply. Contact aglc.ca for more information.

Some liquor manufacturers producing hand sanitizer

Some Alberta distillers have begun producing or indicating an interest to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizers in their facilities to help fill a gap in many markets due to COVID-19. AGLC is supporting the manufacturers’ efforts, and more information can be found at https://aglc.ca/bulletin/production-hand-sanitizer-class-e. Check with your local distiller regarding the availability of hand sanitizers.

Information for travellers

Travel outside the country is strongly discouraged. Given the rapid global spread of the virus, it is no longer possible to assess health risks for the duration of the trip.

Any traveller returning from outside of the country should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they are feeling well, and monitor for symptoms.

Any traveller who has returned before March 12 should closely monitor themselves for symptoms. If they experience symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and call Health Link 811 for follow-up assessment and testing.

The Alberta government and Travel Alberta have launched a campaign to inform Canadians travelling in the United States and Mexico about the importance of returning home.

COVID-19 related information has been provided for departing and returning passengers at the international airports in both Edmonton and Calgary. This information has also been shared with all airports in Alberta and several airlines.

Quick facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.

For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 18, 7:50 p.m.

Twenty-two additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 119. Aggressive public health measures continue in order to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 83 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 27 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • Four cases in the North zone
    • Three cases in the Central zone
    • Two cases in the South zone
  • Of these cases, six are currently hospitalized, with three admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographical areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19.
  • Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been reported from attendees at the Pacific Dental Conference held in Vancouver March 5 to 7.
    • Individuals who attended the conference should self-isolate immediately for 14 days from the conclusion of the conference.
    • Individuals who attended the conference and who currently have symptoms should stay home, self-isolate and call Health Link at 811 to arrange for testing and further instructions. Do not go to the hospital or your doctor for
  • All non-urgent scheduled and elective surgeries in Alberta are being postponed. Alberta Health Services will be contacting Albertans scheduled for procedures and will reschedule as soon as possible. Urgent and emergency surgery, as well as oncology and scheduled caesarean (C-section) procedures will continue.
  • All non-emergency dental treatment and services are also suspended at this time. Emergency dental treatment will continue.
  • tip sheet on social distancing is available to help Albertans understand ways to minimize close contact with others in community settings.
  • Mass gathering limitations and restrictions around public recreation and private entertainment facilities remain in place across the province.
  • Effective March 23, and until further notice, all Alberta Transportation Safety Board hearings will be held by telephone or video link. There will be no in-person hearings. Albertans who are currently scheduled for an upcoming hearing will be contacted about how their hearing will proceed.
  • Effective March 18, all ski hills, including passenger ropeways like gondolas and chairlifts, are closed until further notice under the Safety Codes Act.

Parks and recreation areas

Alberta Parks sites remain accessible, but the public is prohibited from using facilities within the parks. This includes toilets, picnic areas and park warm-up shelters. This is consistent with national parks.

While using the parks, Albertans are reminded to practice appropriate social distancing: https://albertaparks.ca/albertaparksca/news-events/alberta-environment-and-parks-response-to-covid-19/.

Backcountry and Kananaskis enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to choose activities that are low-risk during the COVID-19 response and to stay in areas that support emergency access and present minimal challenges and/or hazards. Backcountry assistance has the potential to add unnecessary stress to the health-care system and put public safety staff at risk (including exposure to COVID-19) which could then impact resources to support search and rescue.

Service Alberta front counter closures

Service Alberta has temporarily closed front counter, in-person access for some services in Edmonton and Calgary. Services remain operational and available, but Albertans should not visit the physical locations for Residential Tenancy Dispute Resolution Service, Corporate Registry and Land TitlesConsumer Investigations & Programs, and Surplus Sales. Call 310-0000 or visit alberta.ca for more information.

Information for travellers

Travel outside the country is strongly discouraged. Given the rapid global spread of the virus, it is no longer possible to assess health risks for the duration of the trip.

Any traveller returning from outside of the country should self-isolate for 14 days, even if they are feeling well, and monitor for symptoms.

Any traveller who has returned before March 12 should closely monitor themselves for symptoms. If they experience symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and call Health Link 811 for follow-up assessment and testing.

The Alberta government and Travel Alberta have launched a campaign to inform Canadians travelling in the United States and Mexico about the importance of returning home.

COVID-19-related information has been provided for departing and returning passengers at the international airports in both Edmonton and Calgary. This information has also been shared with all airports in Alberta and several airlines.

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

Updated March 16, 5 p.m.

  • 18 additional cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 74. Cases have now been identified in all zones across the province.
    • 52 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 18 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • two cases in the Central zone
    • one case in the South zone
    • one case in the North zone
  • Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, is self-isolating at home with minor symptoms consistent with a common cold likely due to the long hours that she has been working in recent weeks. Her symptoms do not appear to be consistent with COVID-19. However, as Dr. Hinshaw plays an essential role in Alberta’s response to COVID-19, she has been tested today.
  • One Edmonton zone and one Calgary zone case have been confirmed to be the result of community transmission. These are the same two cases that were discussed yesterday.
  • Materials have been developed to assist travellers returning from outside Canada so they know what to do and how to self-isolate. These materials will be distributed at all airports in the province.
  • The Provincial Court of Alberta and Court of Queen’s Bench are limiting operations. Visits to all Alberta provincial correctional facilities and young offender centres are suspended until further notice.
  • Commercial carriers are essential to the supply chain and are not subject to the current 14-day self-isolation travel requirements. This is consistent with the air travel industry and other provinces, such as British Columbia.
  • All Alberta Parks recreation facilities, programs, events and bookings are closed to the public and/or cancelled.
  • Student attendance at schools is prohibited until further notice.
  • Post-secondary classes continue to be cancelled. Campuses remain open at this time.
  • All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs are closed indefinitely.
  • All long-term care and other continuing care facilities are advised to limit visitation to essential visitors only.
  • Places of worship are no longer exempt from restrictions on mass gatherings.
  • Canadian Blood Services reminds Albertans that the need for blood donors remains strong, and it is safe to donate blood during COVID-19. To learn more, visit blood.ca.

Access to justice services

Family, professional and volunteer visits to all Alberta provincial correctional facilities and young offender centres are suspended until further notice. If defence counsel require an in-person meeting, they must contact the appropriate centre director. If families have questions about their loved ones, they should contact the centre director. 

Current jury trials are proceeding; jurors are required to report to court. Any counsel or juror showing symptoms should contact the court to seek instructions from the presiding judge. Those who received a summons to attend jury selection between March 16 and May 31 are released and do not need to attend. 

Legal Aid Alberta intake services at the Edmonton and Calgary courthouses are closed until further notice. To apply for Legal Aid services, call the Client Contact Centre at 1-866-845-3425, Monday to Friday between 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Traffic First-Appearance Centres are closed until further notice. Albertans can visit www.albertacourts.ca/pc/resources/pay-fines to pay traffic tickets.

Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench information: www.albertacourts.ca/qb/resources/announcements/covid-19-suspension-of-sittings.   

Provincial Court of Alberta information: https://www.albertacourts.ca/pc/home.

Updated March 16, 6:30 a.m.

As of March 16, Alberta has 56 cases of Coronavirus.

“The reality is that we can expect cases of COVID-19 to continue in Alberta and around Canada for months,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Correction: There are 56 cases in Alberta and not 39.

Updated March 11, 5:24 p.m.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health has announced five new cases of novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.

There are now 19 confirmed cases in Alberta, all travel-related. One patient continues to recover in hospital, while all others are in isolation at home.

“Today, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

“Alberta has been actively planning for every possible scenario. We know that COVID-19 is going to test our health system and emergency preparedness, but our system is preparing for that test. While the risk of exposure is still low in Alberta, all partners are working together to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of Albertans.”

One of the confirmed cases involves an Edmonton man in his thirties who recently returned from international travel and started experiencing symptoms a number of days after returning. He received previously scheduled, unrelated treatment at Misericordia Hospital on March 6 and 7, before testing positive for COVID-19 on March 9. He is now self-isolating.

Any staff or patients who were potentially exposed at this location are being directly contacted by public health. There is no risk to any patients or staff at the hospital at this time.

The other confirmed cases involve a man in his twenties and two women in their thirties from the Calgary zone. A female in her thirties from Central zone has also tested positive for COVID-19.

The five newly confirmed cases had returned from visiting a range of countries, including Iran, Egypt, Spain, Mexico and the United States.

Alberta continues widespread testing and aggressive public health measures.

Effective immediately, Alberta will now be asking any travellers who have visited Italy in the last 14 days to self-isolate until two weeks have passed since that visit. These individuals should stay home and away from others, even if they are feeling well. Similar precautions are already in place for travellers returning from Iran and Hubei province, China.

All travellers returning from outside Canada should monitor their health for 14 days after coming home. If they develop symptoms, they should self-isolate immediately and call Health Link 811.

While the risk of catching COVID-19 within the province remains low at this time, this may change in the future.

All Albertans are encouraged to visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources.

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Updated March 5, 5:47 p.m.

The person in Alberta diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a woman in her 50s who was onboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship in California. She lives in Calgary.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, urges anyone who was aboard the Grand Princess Cruise Ship to self-isolate until 14 days have passed since their visit.

Hinshaw said there were other Albertans on that ship and the Alberta Government is working with the federal government to get lists of who was on the ship.

The case was detected on March 5. The provincial lab showed a positive result for Coronavirus. The national lab will now verify the results.

But Hinshaw said the risk to Albertans is still low.

“We take this extremely seriously, and are doing all we can to minimize risk and to keep Albertans safe,” said Hinshaw. “While some may be concerned, I remind Albertans that the risk is still low in our province. We are already taking the necessary precautions to prevent the infection from spreading.”

Health officials are currently identifying close contacts of this individual. They will also be asked to self-isolate at home, away from the public, and will be closely monitored by public health officials. If they do develop symptoms, health officials will coordinate getting them into care immediately while ensuring that the public and health-care workers are not exposed.

Since January, Alberta’s public health officials have been working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada and other partners to monitor COVID-19 and assess public health risks.

Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services will continue to closely monitor the situation, conduct surveillance and appropriate laboratory testing, and provide public health and infection control guidance.

Updated March 5, 4:47 p.m.

Alberta has its first presumptive case of the COVID-19.
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health will provide an update on the province’s first presumptive case of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, at 5:30 p.m.

Public health measures are already being put in place to contain the virus and protect Albertans.

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Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health said Thursday there still aren’t any probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta and the risk to Albertans is very low.

“We are committed to working with all of our health partners to ensure proven processes and well-trained teams are in place to both protect the public and respond if COVID-19 should arrive in our province,” she said.

“I understand that there has been concern expressed by some physicians that they are not receiving enough information about the role of primary care in the response. This is a concern, and we will work to ensure that our communications and coordinated planning efforts reach all health-care providers who will be impacted by COVID-19.”

Hinshaw said since January, Alberta Health has been working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), among others, to provide information and guidance to physicians on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

“Department staff are meeting weekly with all key health professional colleges to ensure they are aware of the planning underway and to get their assistance in sharing important information with their members.

“As a physician, I know that health professionals must be properly informed. Information is being shared on a regular – sometimes even daily ­– basis, including a new FAQ for primary care providers that was shared today,” she said. “We continue working closely with AHS, the Alberta Medical Association, the CPSA and the Alberta College of Family Physicians to provide regular information to physicians.”

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