What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday, August 18

The latest:

  • On Monday, the province said 285 more people in Alberta tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend: 103 on Friday, 86 on Saturday and 96 on Sunday.
  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, also tweeted Monday that 74 additional cases had been added to the database that date from before Aug. 14.
  • She said more information on the numbers will be provided at a news conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, which CBC Calgary and CBC Edmonton will carry live on their websites and Facebook.
  • Three more deaths were reported Monday: a man in his 60s in the South Zone, a man in his 60s in Calgary, and a man in his 80s from the North Zone.
  • There are 1,132 active cases in the province, including 300 active cases in Calgary and 593 in Edmonton. 
  • Alberta Health Services confirmed Monday it is investigating after 13 cases were linked to the Bible Pentecostal Church in Edmonton.
  • The Misericordia Community Hospital in Edmonton gave an update Monday on its plans as it moves through a phased reopening that began on Friday.
  • Amidst the pandemic, CBC reported Tuesday, the federal Liberal government is seeking to prorogue Parliament until October. As well, Chrystia Freeland will become Canada’s new finance minister, becoming the first woman to take on the powerful role, after Bill Morneau stepped down late Monday.
  • The Calgary Stampeders and their Edmonton counterparts would have to wait until next year to resume their rivalry. The CFL said Monday it had cancelled the 2020 season after its request for financial help from the federal government was turned down.
  • Learn about where you need to wear a mask around the province.

What you need to know today in Alberta:

Thousands of kids have been registered for the Calgary Catholic School District’s online school this fall — and the district expects that number could nearly double before registration closes on Friday. 

As Edmonton’s Misericordia Community Hospital reopens following the end of a COVID-19 outbreak, officials say they are taking lessons from the experience in how to deal with the disease in Alberta. The hospital closed its doors to incoming patients on July 8 in response to a “full-facility outbreak.”

Alberta Health Services is investigating after 13 confirmed cases were linked to the Bible Pentecostal Church in Edmonton. Anyone who attended the church between July 26 and Aug. 12, or who has been in close contact with someone who did, should book a COVID-19 test online and continue to monitor for symptoms, Sherene Khawa, an assistant communications director with the province, said in an email.

On Friday, the province said there had been an outbreak of COVID-19 been declared at Cargill’s “case ready” facility in northeast Calgary. It’s a “further processing” facility that provides retail meat products for supermarkets across Western Canada.

Two other outbreaks were also declared by the province on Friday: five cases are now linked to the Fledglings Educare Centre in Calgary, and 13 cases are linked to a private gathering.


The president of the Edmonton Football Team says the cancellation of the 2020 CFL season won’t have a significant effect on the franchise’s plans to rebrand.

Labour market watchers say the pandemic is going to have long-term repercussions on hiring trends even after the pandemic is over as the labour market overflows with people ready to start working again.

CBC News has curated a list of towns and cities in the province, outlining their policies on masks. We’ll try to keep it updated regularly.

Here’s a regional breakdown of active cases across the province as of Monday.

  • Edmonton zone: 593 active cases, up 96 from Thursday.
  • Calgary zone: 300 active cases, up 5 from Thursday.
  • North zone: 102 active cases, down 1 from Thursday.
  • Central zone: 85 active cases, up 4 from Thursday.
  • South zone: 42 active cases, down 3 from Thursday.
  • Unknown: 10 active cases, up 5 from Thursday.


What you need to know today in Canada:

As of 5 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Canada had 122,872 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases. Provinces and territories listed 109,059 of those as recovered or resolved. A CBC News tally of deaths based on provincial reports, regional health information and CBC’s reporting stood at 9,070.

Chrystia Freeland will become Canada’s new finance minister, the first woman to take on the powerful role. Freeland, the former foreign affairs minister, was already also deputy prime minister and intergovernmental affairs minister. 

The pandemic threatens to wipe out decades of progress for working mothers, experts warn. A report last month from RBC Economics called the hit on women’s employment “unprecedented,” with 1.5 million women in Canada losing their jobs in the first two months of the pandemic.

A doctor accused of being at the centre of the COVID-19 outbreak in New Brunswick’s Campbellton region in May that claimed two lives, infected dozens and forced that northern part of the province back into the orange phase of recovery is facing a charge under the provincial Emergency Measures Act.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Chrystia Freeland speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill, Monday, May 11, 2020 in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

Self-assessment and supports:

Alberta Health Services has an online self-assessment tool that you can use to determine if you have symptoms of COVID-19, but testing is open to anyone, even without symptoms. 

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada from other countries must self-isolate. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a physician, hospital or other health-care facility.

If you have symptoms, even mild, you are to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, until the symptoms have disappeared. 

You can find Alberta Health Services’ latest coronavirus updates here.

The province also operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and addiction help line at 1-866-332-2322, both available 24 hours a day. 

Online resources are available for advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.

There is a 24-hour family violence information line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in more than 170 languages, and Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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