Premier Kenney delivered the COVID 19 numbers update on April 1st with 117 news cases confirmed bringing the total to 871. The province explained that the large increase was due to Alberta Health Services processing a backlog of more than 4500 tests in the past 24 hours. The backlog had been due to a temporary shortage of test resources that the Premier said has now been replenished.
Dr Deena Hinshaw wanted to relay that of those over 4500 cases, 98 per cent came back negative. Sadly, it was also announced that two more deaths had occurred in the past 24 hours. The victims being an 80 year-old man from the Calgary zone and another 80 year-old man from the North zone.
"This has been the toughest week of the pandemic for our province," Premier Jason Kenney said."We need to be upfront with Albertans. The hard truth is that things will get worse before they get better."
Dr Hinshaw said, "At this moment, my greatest concern is about the health and safety of those in continuing care and other congregate settings." Currently, there are outbreaks at four seniors homes in Alberta.