Alberta adds 130 new cases of COVID-19, no deaths
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided, from Edmonton on August 31, 2020, an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
EDMONTON -- Alberta's top doctor reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday after 9,500 tests.
No Albertans died as a result of the coronavirus on Wednesday, keeping the death toll at 242.
There are 1,415 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. Calgary has the majority of current infections with 559 while Edmonton has 480.
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Alberta has reported 14,310 cases of the disease since the pandemic began.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw will provide another COVID-19 update Friday afternoon.
NEW QUARANTINE GUIDELINES AT CONTINUING CARE FACILITIES
Hinshaw signed a new order to change quarantine guidelines at Alberta continuing care facilities.
Currently the length of the self-isolation period after a resident returns to his or her facility is calculated based on how long they were gone. Starting on Sept. 17, each facility will determine the length of a resident's quarantine depending on how risky their outing was — now how long.
Right now residents who go away overnight need to self-isolate for 14 days when they come back, but those that are gone for the day only need to wear a mask and screen their symptoms daily.
"We heard clearly that this did not serve residents well," Hinshaw said. "There are times when someone can leave the site for a weekend in a very low-risk way and times when a resident may choose to attend an event for only part of a day, such as a family wedding, that may put them at higher risk of exposure."
Hinshaw says the new order gives continuing care facility operators flexibility to adapt restrictions.