In her daily update Dr Deena Hinshaw reported 9 additional deaths bringing the total in Alberta to 104, a grim reminder of the seriousness of the virus. Hinshaw says, " As the number of deaths in our province increases, so does the number of grieving families and loved ones." As of Monday, there are 621 confirmed cases in continuing care facilities.
Monday's update included 70 new cases bringing the total to 5836 with 2942 recovered. There are 89 cases in hospital with 21 in ICU units.
The Cargill Plant in High River has 936 confirmed cases with 810 recovered. JBS in Brooks has 469 confirmed cases.
Dr. Hinshaw reported a new outbreak at the Purolator Distribution Centre in Calgary with 30 cases in employees. The company is working closely with AHS public health.
To date,164,722 tests have been performed in Alberta with 3775 in the past 24 hours. Dr. Hinshaw says that AHS continues to gain confidence in identifying cases and is expanding testing protocols once again. Aside from fever, cough, sore throat, and runny nose the following symptoms qualify for COVID 19 testing: headache,muscle or joint pain, feeling overall unwell, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell or pink eye.
In an effort to identify asymptomatic cases, testing is also being expanded to anyone who has been in close contact of a confirmed case and is not showing symptoms.
Dr. Hinshaw reported that 103,000 Albertans have downloaded the ABTraceTogether APP another useful tool being used to trace the virus.