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  • Update 103: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (July 21 at 5 p.m.)

    In total, 8,363 Albertans have now recovered from COVID-19. There are currently 93 people in hospital, 16 of whom are in intensive care.

    Latest updates

    • 141 additional cases have been identified in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of active cases to 1,193.
    • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
      • Calgary zone: 589 active cases and 5,350 recovered
      • South zone: 131 active cases and 1,391 recovered
      • Edmonton zone: 233 active cases and 1,156 recovered
      • North zone: 89 active cases and 348 recovered
      • Central zone: 145 active cases and 102 recovered
      • Six active cases and 16 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
      • Additional information, including case totals, is online.
    • To date, 1,346 cases have an unknown exposure.
    • So far, labs have performed 598,317 tests on 508,956 Albertans, with 7,813 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
    • There are two new deaths to report.
      • Total number of deaths is 172: 115 in the Calgary zone; 26 in the Edmonton zone; 17 in the North zone; 13 in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
    • There are 73 active cases and 768 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 123 facility residents have died.

    Return to the classroom

    • Students will return to daily learning in K-12 classrooms at the beginning of the school year.
    • Guidance under scenario 1 of the school re-entry plan will be in place, which includes near-normal operations with health measures.
    • Government has developed a re-entry tool kit to prepare parents and students.
    • Health officials will continue to closely monitor the situation and update the guidance for schools based on the best evidence available.

    Misericordia Hospital

    • Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital remains closed to new patients because of a COVID-19 outbreak.
    • Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health continue to manage the outbreak aggressively. For updates, please visit covenanthealth.ca.

    Access to justice

    • With court sittings relaunched provincewide, the Court of Queen’s Bench suspended the pandemic closure’s emergency/urgent hearing request process; requests now are directed to the court’s remote regular (morning) chambers.
    • The Court of Queen’s Bench will hold some short hearings in July and August for judge-alone criminal trials via WebEx video and in-person, in courtrooms with COVID precautions.
    • The Court of Queen’s Bench and provincial court are increasing in-person hearings. Everyone entering an Alberta courthouse must wear a face mask.
    • Details on these three developments are at albertacourts.ca.

    Alberta’s recovery plan

    • Alberta has launched a recovery plan to create jobs, accelerate economic diversification and ensure a strong future for our economy.

    Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch

    • The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Businesses are encouraged to check for new and updated guidance documents.
    • A template on the website can help businesses plan how to protect employees and patrons from infection. Completing the template is voluntary.

    Albertans downloading tracer app

    • The ABTraceTogether app enhances manual contact tracing and capacity, and facilitates early detection. It means Albertans will be contacted more quickly if they are at risk.
    • Use of the app is voluntary; users must opt in. The app currently has more than 227,000 registered users.
    • Privacy is protected. The app does not track a user’s physical location or use GPS. All contact data is only on the user’s phone and is deleted after 21 days.
    • Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.

    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 operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources at mentalhealthweek.ca.
    • The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
    • Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

    Family violence prevention

    • A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides 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.
    • People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an Emergency Protection Order. The requirement for in-person applications is temporarily suspended.
    • Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.

    Quick facts

    • Good hygiene is the most important measure to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
      • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
    • Albertans are asked to share acts of kindness they have experienced in their community during this difficult time by using the hashtag #AlbertaCares.
    • The Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is available to Albertans Monday to Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.