57 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Alberta, bringing total to 358

57 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Alberta, bringing total to 358

57 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Alberta, bringing total to 358

Dr. Hinshaw noted the province imposed restrictions on long-term-care facilities last week, including recommending that non-essential visitors be prohibited.

The Province of Alberta issued new COVID-19 numbers at a press conference on Tuesday.

Hinshaw also stressed that the province has seen a large number of Albertans return from worldwide travel over the past week and that all of them must self-isolate for 14 days, "even if they are feeling well".

Alberta is implementing a new approach to COVID-19 testing created to target those at highest risk of local exposure and at-risk populations.

"Because these are people who are in this setting because they require care, [they] often have multiple other medical conditions, which also puts them at higher risk of severe illness or death".

Schindler said countries that have done this thoroughly and well, including South Korea, Japan, and Singapore, have been able to slow the spread in their communities. She said additional measures will be announced in the coming days.

"Changing our testing protocols will allow us to focus Alberta's testing capacity on those most at risk", says Chief Medical Officer Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

It comes as pictures on social media surfaced showing people visiting parks in large groups of more than 50 due to several businesses closing down to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "They've shared that they appreciated the resources".

Hinshaw said a staff member and two other residents of the long-term care facility have also tested positive for the virus. "I think it's excellent", she said. Now more than ever, we are now in this together.

The foundation said according to Agyapong, 10 per cent of Albertans will need mental health supports as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis, and while Text4Hope doesn't take the place of traditional mental health treatment, it can "bring relief, support and therapeutic skill development to thousands of people".

University of Alberta med students are now being trained by Schindler and her teammates.

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