Even with the sunny Saturday this weekend, active COVID-19 cases in Strathcona County remain non-existent.
All 35 novel coronavirus cases reported in Strathcona County, 21 in Sherwood Park and 14 in the rural county, are listed as recovered, according to Alberta Health Services’ geospatial interactive tracking map, COVID19stats.alberta.ca, on Monday, June 1.
All eight recorded cases in Fort Saskatchewan are also recovered with no new outbreaks.
Provincially things are also looking good with 34 cases reported Monday, June 1, which brings the total number of confirmed cases in the province since the start of the outbreak to 7,044.
As of Monday, there were 53 Albertans in hospital due to COVID-19, with six people in intensive care units.
The province said there have been 6,501 recoveries as of Monday, which is nearly 90 per cent of all Alberta cases. There were 400 active cases in the province Monday.
Of the active cases, 309 are in the Calgary zone. The Edmonton zone had 44 cases, as of Monday.
According to the province, 666 cases are from an unknown exposure.
There were no new deaths reported Sunday or Monday and Alberta’s death toll from the virus remained at 143.
The province said there are 59 active cases of COVID-19 at continuing care facilities in Alberta and 662 recovered cases, adding 109 facility residents have died fro the virus.
COVID-19 testing expanded to asymptomatic patients
Dr. Deena Hinshaw also shared some good news on the virus-fighting front on Twitter over the weekend.
“This past week, we achieved a major milestone in our fight against #COVID19AB. We have completed a quarter-million tests in Alberta. Thank you to the lab staff and health professionals for all their hard work,” Hinshaw tweeted on Sunday.
Hinshaw also said the province is again changing testing parameters.
“We have expanded testing to include anyone in Alberta, whether they have #COVID19AB symptoms or not,” Hinshaw’s tweet, adding a link to the province’s online assessment tool.
The province also announced on Friday, May 29, non-medical masks would be distributed to businesses that will then give them to Albertans.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro said the province was providing 20-million non-medical masks to Albertans through 600 A&W, Tim Horton’s and McDonald’s drive-through locations starting this month. The masks will be available to anyone with no purchase necessary while supplies last.
The province said the mask distribution program is intended to supplement people’s efforts to get non-medical masks but those who wish to use them should still purchase their own supply from local retailers.
The province also continues to push the ABTraceTogether app as a way for Albertans to help flatten the curve. The use of the app is voluntary and the province said it is a cornerstone of Alberta’s relaunch strategy.
The app had 196,852 registered users as of Monday, June 1, according to the province.
As the relaunch continues, the province wants to remind Albertans to wash their hands constantly, use hand sanitizer, practice social distancing and if you show any symptoms of COVID-19 stay home and self-isolate.
The UCP government said Alberta has now committed a total of $13-billion to address the pandemic.