Alberta government to detail plans for ongoing operations during COVID-19 pandemic

Government House Leader Jason Nixon will hold a media availability Monday to discuss ongoing government operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can watch it here live beginning at 11:30 a.m.

According to the 2020 sessional calendar, the legislature is scheduled to sit until early June. The provincial budget tabled on Feb. 27 has not yet been passed.

As of Sunday, 17 additional cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Alberta, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 56. Three of the new cases are in the Edmonton zone and 14 are in the Calgary zone.

At least two cases identified in the last two days appear to have been acquired through community transmission from an unknown source, and seven cases occurred as a result of a single gathering in the Calgary zone.

On Sunday, Premier Jason Kenney announced the government is providing an extra $500 million in funding to give public health officials the resources they need to respond to the pandemic.

Last Friday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said plans to cut the number of front-line health-care workers in Alberta are on hold because the province will likely need them to cope with the pandemic.

Legislature staff removed every second chair in the legislature media room ahead of the province’s news conference Monday. Health officials advise people to stay two metres apart. (Trevor Wilson/CBC)

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