Following a 48 hour lapse, Dr Deena Hinshaw provided a COVID 19 update for Monday, June 8.
- 6698 have recovered
- 355 active cases
- in the past 48 hours 11025 tests resulted in 64 new cases
- 3 deaths were confirmed bringing the total to 149 in the province
- 44 people are in hospital with 6 in ICU
Dr Hinshaw also provided numbers with regards to the asymptomatic testing that has been happening since May 12. Tests were performed on people showing no symptoms or who have had no known contact with infected person. Out of 14853 tests there were only 6 positive results.
Dr Hinshaw admits the numbers are encouraging as we move forward to the second phase of the relaunch however, she still stresses caution saying, "With the slowdown of cases in Alberta, I know it has been tempting to believe that we can relax all precautions. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It is critical that all of us continue to take steps to protect our communities."
Dr Hinshaw spoke to the demonstrations held this past weekend and she commended the people that wore masks and practiced safe distancing. She encourages all people that attended any rallies to get tested whether experiencing symptoms or not. Hinshaw says, "The freedom to protest is a critical one and yet we face a challenge in this time of pandemic to do so without risking super spreader events." She also encourages protesters to be mindful of their actions in the coming two weeks and pay particular attention to wearing masks and distancing and any symptoms.
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During the same update, Minister Tyler Shandro announced that the option to speak to your physician virtually will be become a permanent activity and the billing code for the situation will remain in place.