Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health- Dr. Deena Hinshaw has become a well-known face and voice for the province in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was announced yesterday that she is taking precautionary measures herself, and self-isolating after experiencing some mild cold-like symptoms.
Dr. Hinshaw has been tested for COVID-19 and is awaiting her results.
Yesterday she did provide an update on Alberta's current situation via video, and she confirmed that there are now several more cases across the province.
Hinshaw says "Over the last 24 hours we have confirmed 18 new cases of COVID-19. This means that 74 cases have now been identified in the province. For the first time, we now have confirmed cases in every health zone in Alberta. Currently, five individuals are receiving treatment in hospital and are in stable condition. All other confirmed cases are self-isolating at home and are expected to make a full recovery."
52 of those cases are in the Calgary zone, which Cochrane belongs to. 18 cases are in the Edmonton Zone, two cases have been confirmed in the Central Zone, and the North and South Zones each have one confirmed case.
Hinshaw says "The pandemic will impact all Albertans no matter where they reside in the province. All Albertans need to come together and do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, aggressive measures continue to be implemented across the province.
Hinshaw continues to stress the importance of proper handwashing as well as people staying at home if they're sick.