The message was clear from Dr. Deena Hinshaw in her daily address to Albertans on Thursday, April 9. Simply put, we must continue to self isolate and practice social distancing over the Easter long weekend.

Dr Deena says, "Do not travel this weekend. Stay home. Stay in your community and on your property. This virus can too easily spread from the touch of a serving spoon, a kiss to the cheek, or droplets carried through the breath of someone singing, chanting, or even laughing. This year I ask you to look at other ways you can celebrate the holidays while practicing physical distancing."

Hinshaw added, "This weekend and the weeks ahead will be a difficult test for all of us who normally come together to celebrate the holidays. To protect ourselves, our family, and those in our community, we must remain physically apart during these religious holidays."

The total number of cases in Alberta is now at 1451, 592 of which have recovered. Three deaths were reported which include an 80-year-old woman in the Calgary Zone, a 60-year-old woman also in the Calgary Zone and a 70-year old man in the Edmonton Zone. Bringing the total number of deaths in the province due to COVID 19 to 32. 

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