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Alberta eases outdoor gathering restrictions

Friday, 15 May 2020.

Alberta eases outdoor gathering restrictions
Effective today, outdoor gathering limits have been increased to a maximum of 50 people, as long as physical distancing of at least two metres is being maintained between different households and everyone attending that gathering follows proper hygiene practices.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, encourages people not to share food or drinks at any of these gatherings.

Indoor gathering limits remain at 15 people.

Businesses begin to reopen in this new state of normal

Thursday, 14 May 2020.

"Let me be clear, businesses starting to reopen does not mean it's back to normal. We will need to support each other's health and safety by practising physical distancing, frequent hand washing and other measures," said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, in her press conference today.

"This will not change and this is our new normal."

There were 50 new cases of COVID-19 announced today.

Recoveries from COVID-19 reach 90 per cent in Alberta's south zone

Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

1,045 people (90 per cent of south zone cases) have recovered from COVID-19, there are 117 active cases (eight new) and, unfortunately, with an additional death in Brooks announced today, eight people have died.

Seven are currently hospitalized with one of those in intensive care.

Province wide, the total number of confirmed cases is 6,407, with 1,211 of those being active and 5,076 recoveries. Seventy are hospitalized with 11 in intensive care. There have been 120 deaths connected to the novel coronavirus.

Stage 1 of Alberta's relaunch moves forward

Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

Stage 1 of Alberta's relaunch moves forward
Modifications have been made to the relaunch dates for Calgary and Brooks, but businesses set to reopen in Stage 1 in other communities can open tomorrow.

"Like the initial decision to close some businesses and restrict some activities, the process of gradually and safely reopening them has not been an easy one," says Premier Jason Kenney.

"It's an evolving process that will change as we learn more about the virus and about what can be done relatively safely and under what conditions."

Open letter to Premier Kenney from Dr. Julie Torrie

Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

Cochrane physician asks the premier to rescind Bill 21 and stop kicking doctors while they are down. Her letter has 156 physician signatures and another 114 from allied health-care professionals and the public at large collected in a short number of days.

South zone sees drop in new COVID-19 cases, rise in recoveries

Tuesday, 12 May 2020.

Numbers released Tuesday afternoon by Alberta Health indicate only three new cases of the coronavirus in Alberta’s south zone, for a total of 1,162 people within the zone testing positive since COVID-19 hit the province in March.

Two of these new cases are in Cardston County/Kainai and the other is in Fort Macleod.

On a brighter note, one person of the four infected in Fort Macleod has now recovered, as have three of 10 in Cardston County/Kainai.

Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass remain free of confirmed cases of COVID-19.