On Friday, health officials said there had been 49 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Alberta in the last 24 hours, bringing the total up to 195.
Ten of these individuals are in hospital and five are in the intensive care unit.
There have been no additional deaths connected to the novel coronavirus in Alberta, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of heath, on Friday.
Some childcare centres to reopen
The Alberta government announced Friday it would start contacting some licensed childcare centres, asking them to reopen with certain protocols in place to care for children of people working in essential services.
The sites would be chosen based on certain characteristics, including their proximity to health care services.
They would be limited to 30 people on site total, including staff, the province said. There will also be other protocols in place, including temperature checks at drop off, a number limit and rules for sanitization.
The children services ministry would begin contacting those identified centres Friday, Premier Jason Kenney said.
They would be reopened in a phased approach starting next week. The province is looking at opening up to 15,000 spaces and will be prioritizing spaces in cities where health care workers are in high demand.
Parents will be contacted by their employer to offer these spaces.
He specified the need for childcare for Albertans who work in crucial services during the coronavirus crisis, starting with health-care workers, then moving to other essential services like police and other first responders.
“All other licensed childcare centres are to remain closed,” he said.
Day homes with less than six children can remain open.
The premier added a request: “You only use [these centres] if you have no other way that you can get to your critical job.
“We all need to operate in this new normal… using only the resources we need.”
Government actions on economy
Kenney also announced actions the provincial government is taking to help the Alberta economy.
First, it is waving the industry levy for the Alberta Energy Regulator for six months. The government is funding the industry levy for the AER for that time, achieving $113 million in industry relief.
The government is also granting extensions for oil and gas tenures. It will extend the term of mineral agreements expiring in 2020 by one year to provide certainty for industry by providing more time to raise capital and plan future activities.
Alberta also formed an Economic Recovery Council.
“Its task is to provide really practical advice to the Alberta government on the path through this economic crisis and to think about the mid- and long-term strategy of recovery,” Kenney said.
The council is made up of policy and industry experts:
· Jack Mintz, chair
· Clive Beddoe – former chair, president and CEO, WestJet
· Robert Blakely – Canadian operating officer, Canada’s Building Trades Union
· Brent Belzberg – founder and senior managing partner, TorQuest Partners
· Bob Dhillon – founder, president and CEO, Mainstreet Equity Corporation
· Chris Fowler – president and CEO, Canadian Western Bank
· Hon. Stephen Harper – Canada’s 22nd prime minister
· Peter Kiss – owner and president, Morgan Construction and Environmental
· Zainul Mawji – president, Telus Home Solutions
· Nancy Southern – chair and CEO, ATCO Ltd.
· Kevin Uebelein – CEO, AIMCo
· Mac Van Wielingen – founder, ARC Financial
Live updates: Coronavirus in Canada
Kenney is scheduled to provide an update on COVID-19 at 3 p.m. MT. After Kenney speaks, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to hold her daily update at 3:30 p.m. MT.
Kenney and Hinshaw’s updates will be live streamed at the top of this post.
On Thursday afternoon, Hinshaw announced the province recorded its first death due to COVID-19. An Edmonton-area man in his 60s with underlying medical conditions died late Wednesday from COVID-19, the disease link to the novel coronavirus.
Hinshaw said the man appeared to have contracted the virus in the community and there was no link established between him and people who had recently returned to Alberta from abroad.
As of Thursday afternoon, the province had recorded 146 cases of COVID-19.
For more information on the cases, including their locations in Alberta, head to the government’s website.
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