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It looks like we're about to get started here with Dr. Deena Hinshaw. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus #COVID19AB
42 new cases have been reported. The total case number is 301.

24 of these might be community transmission. 18 people are in hospital. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Transmission took place at the Edmonton doctors conference.

11 of 47 professionals here tested positive. They're working on public health tracing on thes.e

"COVID-19 does not discriminate." #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
New isolation timeline for people who are sick: 10 days.

14 days for those who are well, after exposure or returned from travel.

Testing priorities: Capture of returning travellers and those who haven't travelled. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Could be a total of 17 days for some. Clearer direction on this is coming, said Dr. Hinshaw.

#yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Returning travellers should all be 14-days self-isolation.

Also Self isolate from 10 days when symptoms begin.

Number one thing you can do is to self-isolate. NOT get tested, Dr. Hinshaw said. Most symptoms are mild.

#yyc #yeg #coronavirus
New measures at health centres. Workers will be tested when they begin shifts. If they display symptoms, they will be sent home. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Reiterates the importance of physical distancing while out in public.

Encourages walks, but MUST maintain distance.

2M, avoid touching rails, garbage cans or other sources of transmission. #yeg #yyc #coronavirus
"Now is not the time for travel." Warns against going into provincial parks etc where the facilities might not be available. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
RE: Closures of non-essential services in Ont. and Que:

We're continuing to monitor the situation to where we might need to update our measures, said Dr. Hinshaw. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Will snowbirds take it seriously upon return?

- Awareness - working with feds on border crossings.
- Message for all Albertans that know someone to pass it along and help them prepare. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Two weeks from implementation of any new measure will need to be to see the success.

Whatever measures are in place don't prevent the disease, it just spreads the disease out. Those are things that. Dr. Hinshaw will be looking at. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Anything they can look for in the next week to see hope?

The numbers, said Dr. Hinshaw. Not next few days though, next few weeks.

Focus on the next front, which is community transmission. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
BREAKING: Rick Bell says he almost got in scrap at a drug store over social distancing.

Asks question about enforcement measures. There's a place online where people can report violators, said Dr. Hinshaw. (Trying to find that link) #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
RE: The Text4Hope campaign, Dr. Hinshaw said there's an innate need for people to connect. We shouldn't stop doing that, she said.

"Physical distancing with social connectedness." #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Dr. Hinshaw said we're not yet closing borders to inter-provincial travel like other provinces.

It has been a topic of ongoing discussion, she said. #yyc #yeg #Coronavirus
Re: Homeless measures - will be different measures taken in different cities across the province, based on the availability of spaces. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
Lab is now pushing 3,000 tests per day.

Advantages: Single public health provider.

Expertise. Community of people working in labs outside of AHS, help with equipment, expertise, personnel. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
The spirit of pooling the collective resources to run equipment 24/7 "to the fullest potential" - including those outside the health sector, said Dr. Hinshaw. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus

She called it a triumph.
Recent testing changes are focused on how we can best utilize the tests that are available, she said.

Can't test everyone so they test priority cases. #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
That's it for today, folks #yyc #yeg #coronavirus
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