/Provincial COVID-19 Update, March 19

Provincial COVID-19 Update, March 19

1. Doctors have identified 27 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. 146 cases have now been identified in the province of Alberta.

2. There at least 7, potentially 8, cases of community transmission. 2 are currently in the ICU.

3.Alberta has experienced it’s first COVID-19 related death AB. 

4. The deceased male was in his 60’s and was admitted to hospital in Edmonton on March 12. He passed away late March 18. It seems that he acquired it through community transmission. 

As the admin team, our hearts go out to this individuals family and the healthcare team affected by this tragic loss. 

2. Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that this is a very dangerous virus and AB is taking aggressive measures to fight it. Measures taken by the province have been in efforts to flatten the curve, but the public must help in that fight, with social distancing and staying home as much as possible. 

3. Please DO NOT call 911 if you are experiencing symptoms and have not been able to get through to 811.

4. What should an individual be doing if they know that people who have been travelling who are not self-isolating? Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that the government is looking to enforce public health measures, that will include contact information to report people, businesses that are not following the proper protocol. This number will be available in the next few days. Encourage those individuals to do the right thing. 

**Dr. Hinshaw stressed: Do NOT take vigilante action against people, please do not call 811 or 911 with those concerns. There will be resources available shortly to assist the public with this process.**

5. AHS became made aware on March 16, 2020 that an individual who had attended at the Pacific Dental Conference was not self-isolating. There was insufficent information to follow up at that time. Today, the individual was identified and contacted and they are now self-isolating at home. 

6. Local health officials get in touch with people who were in contact with people who test positive for COVID-19, but only while they were symptomatic. At this point there is no concrete evidence that COVID-19. 

7. There was a curling bonspiel for approx 50-70 doctors in Edmonton between March 11-14 at which a Saskatchewan doctor attended. He has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, which he is thought to have contracted at the event. It is believed that the index case at the Bonspiel may have recently visited Las Vegas.

This is a sad day for many people in this province. Reach out to friends and loved ones, check in. We’ll get through this together. 

Clean hands ✋ Clear heads 🤗 Open hearts ❤

For the next few weeks, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alberta is expected to continue growing before the peak of the outbreak is reached.