Alberta increases eligibility for COVID-19 testing to anyone with symptoms

Alberta increases eligibility for COVID-19 testing to anyone with symptoms

Alberta increases eligibility for COVID-19 testing to anyone with symptoms

The province said based on those projections, and with current stockpiles of equipment and more on the way, Alberta will have enough PPE to maintain the necessary supply.

Forty-six Albertans have died after contracting COVID-19.

Ontario will receive 250,000 N95 masks, five million procedural masks, 15 million gloves, 87,000 goggles and 50 ventilators.

Quebec will also get 250,000 N95 masks, two million procedural masks and 15 million gloves. I assure all Albertans that we have ample supply.

"But when we look at provincial numbers by the date the swabs were collected, the percentage of tests that have come back positive has been approximately two per cent for the past several weeks".

"Even with all the expansions, we still have the capacity to do more testing", said Hinshaw.

The death toll is now at 40 in the province.

Alberta is now in the process of doubling its ventilator supply by the end of April to ensure the health care system can support the provincial response.

"Our first priority will always be Albertans", Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said.

"It is working, demonstrably. That helps to fund their hospital systems, their heathcare systems, their schools and social services", Kenney said. "The most important number to watch is the hospitalization and ICU number, because that's the ultimate indication of how many people have contracted COVID for whom it has really challenged their health".

"As I've said before it's extremely important to not just complete as many tests as we can, but that we are also purposeful in our testing".

Supply shipments will begin next week.

Kenney said despite the new cases, Alberta is doing better than the modelling had suggested would be the case at this time.

"We are winning this fight".

"So I hope that one of the lessons to be learned from this crisis is that we are all in this together".

Kenney confirmed the patient was a resident at the McKenzie Towne Continuing Care facility, bringing the total deaths of residents there to 18.

There are about 24,804 cases of the virus in Canada and 734 deaths to date.

Starting next week, care workers will be required to wear masks at all times when providing direct patient care or working in patient-care areas.

Laboratory studies have suggested the drug may be helpful in treating COVID-19 symptoms.

The Quebec coroner's office will investigate the deaths of 31 seniors at a private long-term care facility west of Montreal. In Canada, there have been 23,301 confirmed cases and 653 deaths.

"We have several outbreaks and we're doing everything we can to prevent any more outbreaks and deal with the ones we now have".

The premier of Alberta announced there have been 69 more confirmed cases of coronavirus, bringing the province's total to 1,569. A total of 2,900 tests were processed since Friday.

216 cases are suspected to be from community transmission.

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