Alberta opens more shops in Calgary, Brooks amid COVID-19 recovery relaunch

By Josh Hall
				DR. HINSHAW SPEAKS		WATCH Alberta’s COVID-19 update for May 21

By Josh Hall DR. HINSHAW SPEAKS WATCH Alberta’s COVID-19 update for May 21

Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a physician, hospital or other health-care facility. Alberta Health Services vice-president Mark Joffe said last week Alberta has been operating around 40 per cent of its usual surgical capacity since then and anticipates returning to 70 to 80 per cent of its regular outpatient surgical volume in the next six weeks.

On June 3, AHS plans to reinstate inpatient labour and delivery and newborn care at Calgary's South Health Campus.

This means for 20 of the last 21 days Wood Buffalo did not register a new case of COVID-19. "As a result, we can safely resume providing more of the scheduled care Albertans need".

In addition to the surgery and maternity reintroductions, the province announced Friday that - starting May 25 - voluntary testing will be available to the 27,000 residents and 44,000 staff members at long-term care and Level 4 designated supportive living facilities in Alberta.

A total of 134 people have died after contracting the coronavirus in Alberta and 6,800 have fallen ill with the disease since the pandemic started.

Calgarians get tested for COVID-19 at the Richmond Road Diagnostic Centre in Calgary on Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020.

Wednesday, May 20, was the first weekday in over a month that the Province of Alberta didn't host a daily press conference on COVID-19, instead sharing the news via an emailed release.

Additionally, Shandro announced Friday that Alberta would further expand COVID-19 testing.

Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

At its worst, Alberta saw 336 confirmed cases of the virus on April 23, and has been seeing a steady decrease in new cases ever since.

On May 11, the province began putting a more detailed chart online for each zone.

There are 83 active cases and 621 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 100 facility residents have died.

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