COVID-19 Update (May 16)

Alberta’s COVID-19 hospitalization rates remain low with 60 people currently in hospital, eight of whom are in intensive care. In total, 5,377 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19. One more Albertan has died

 

Latest updates

  • 72 new cases have been reported, bringing the number of total active cases to 1,084.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 876 active cases and 3,553 recovered cases in the Calgary zone
    • 111 active cases and 1,078 recovered cases in the South zone
    • 60 active cases and 446 recovered cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 17 active cases and 196 recovered cases in the North zone
    • 13 active cases and 85 recovered cases in the Central zone
    • Seven active cases and 19 recovered cases in zones yet to be confirmed
    • Additional information, including the total number of cases, is reported online.
  • There have been 630 cases to date with an unknown exposure.
  • There have been 193,098 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 209,317 tests performed by the lab. In the last 24 hours, 4,594 tests have been completed.
  • The total deaths are 126: 90 in the Calgary zone; 15 in the North zone; 12 in the Edmonton zone; eight in the South zone; and one in the Central zone.
  • There are 97 active cases and 586 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 92 residents at these facilities have died.

Limits extended for outside gatherings

  • Outside gatherings are now limited to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Physical distance of two metres must remain between people from different households, and attendees must follow proper hygiene practices.
  • Attendees should not share food or drinks.
  • Indoor gatherings are still limited to fewer than 15 people, except when otherwise identified in public health orders such as workplaces, places of worship, and in restaurants.

Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch

  • Stage one of Alberta’s relaunch strategy has begun.
  • The Alberta Biz Connect web page provides business owners with information on health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and sector-specific guidelines for those able to open in stage one of relaunch to ensure businesses can reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Businesses and locations that are reopening can access a template on that web page to help plan how employees and patrons will be protected from the spread of infection.
  • Completion of this template is voluntary.

Stay safe over the long weekend

  • Provincial parks are open, but some facilities remain closed, campfires are not permitted, and camping does not open until June 1. Learn more here.
  • Albertans should follow public health guidelines and take extra steps to keep members of their household safe when heading to provincial parks, cottages, and onto public land this weekend. This includes:
    • Respecting the health and safety of small communities along the way by planning their trip without stops for gas or food, where possible.
    • Continuing to practise physical distancing and proper handwashing.
    • Respecting municipal restrictions for playgrounds. If playgrounds can be accessed, encourage children to play with children in the same household or their cohort family, sanitize hands before or after playing on a play structure, and remember to wash everyone’s hands thoroughly as soon as possible.

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