As of Monday, a third Albertan has died and there are now 661 cases of COVID19 in Alberta and 6,258 nationally, 408 of the 661 cases in Alberta have occurred in the Calgary zone.
There are now six cases in Strathmore and six in Chestermere according to AHS statistics on Monday, March 30
On March 11, the World Health Organization began calling the spread of the virus a pandemic.
According to the Government of Canada, COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk will vary between and within communities, but given the increasing number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
There is an increased risk for people over the age of 65, people with compromised immune systems, and people with underlying medical conditions.
Over the weekend, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam said she's keeping an eye on Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
"I still think it's a little too early to tell because we are only at the end of March, but next week will be very important in terms of looking at those trends," said on Sunday.
The federal government has also limited travel on trains and buses for people who are showing symptoms of COVID19. Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced health checks of passengers before they board flights in Canada, which come into effect on March 30. Health checks are also required for passengers travelling across Canada by rail/passenger rail companies. The measures do not apply to commuter trains.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the transportation industry, travellers, shippers and the economy. We recognize the importance of the continued movement of goods and the ongoing delivery of essential services in Canada’s response to COVID-19 while taking necessary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians. Today’s announcement is another step in the right direction and will ensure alignment on a national level. I also want to thank all essential workers in the trade and transportation sector for continuing to provide services that benefit Canadians and the economy in this difficult time,” says Garneau