COVID-19 UPDATE – May 1, 2020

As of May 1, Alberta Health has confirmed 218 new cases in Alberta in the last 24 hours.

There are a total of 4 new cases in the North Zone in the last 24 hours : 1 new case in Mackenzie County, 1 new case in Big Lakes County, 1 new case in Yellowhead County, and 1 new case in the city of Fort McMurray.

Over 50% of the cases in the North Zone have recovered.

Regions are defined by rural municipalities, city boundaries, and urban service areas; smaller regions (i.e. towns, villages, and reserves) are incorporated into the corresponding rural area. Cases without a postal code or incorrect postal codes are not included. Location information missing/invalid for: 48 case(s).

There has been 1 death reported in the North Zone in the last 24 hours.

Currently, there are 21 active cases in the MD of Smoky River(Falher, McLennan, Girouxville, Donnelly, Guy, Jean Cote, Kathleen, Winagami), the highest of cases in the North Zone. Out of a total of 65 cases, 34 people have recovered. A total of 10 people have died in the MD of Smoky River, the highest number of losses in the North Zone.

The City of Fort McMurray has 15 active cases, with 7 recovered.

The Big Lakes County(High Prairie, Enilda, Faust, Joussard, Kinuso, Grouard, Heart River, Salt Prairie, Big Prairie, Prairie Echo Gilwood, Triangle) has 15 active cases and a total of 18 people have recovered. There have been a total of 3 deaths in the Big Lakes County, the 2nd highest number of losses in the North Zone.

Mackenzie County (Northwest corner of Alberta:High Level, Fort Vermillion, La Crete, Rainbow Lake) has 12 active cases. Out of a total of 23 cases, 11 people have recovered.

921 cases have been identified at the Cargill Meat Processing Plant in High River, 390 cases at the JBS Foods Canada in Brooks, and 5 cases have been identified at the Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Balzac – though this number is not reflected in today’s totals. These outbreaks are in the Calgary and South Zones.

There are 215 cases in the North Zone, 5573 cases in Alberta, and 92 deaths in Alberta (59 in Calgary Zone, 12 in Edmonton zone,  15 in North Zone, 5 in the South Zone, 1 in the Central Zone). Of the 5573 cases, 22 are in ICU (Intensive Care) and 2359 have recovered.

There has been 3 deaths recorded for Alberta in the last 24 hours.

Canada has 55,061 confirmed cases. There have been 3,391 deaths recorded.
There have been 22,751 recovered cases in Canada.

The USA has 1,062,446 confirmed cases. There are 62,406 deaths recorded.

There are 3,181,642 cases worldwide. There are 224,301 deaths recorded worldwide.

The top 5 highest ranked country of reported cases continue to be (From highest to lowest): USA, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, and France. Canada holds at number 12. The highest death toll, after the US, has been Italy with 28,236 losses, followed by the United Kingdom (27,510), France (24,594), and Spain (24,543(no update was available)).

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Dr. Hinshaw introduces ABTraceTogether – a mobile contact app that helps track COVID-19

Resources

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

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

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

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

Though there has been a drop in reports of child abuse & neglect, Children Services reminds us to stay vigilant about children in your neighbourhood. If you suspect a child may be in distress please call the Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-KIDS(5437) or call 911.

A new website to connect volunteers with charities to see where help is needed is being launched called Alberta Cares Connector.

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

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

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

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