Alberta now has 7 coronavirus cases, Alberta Health says

Alberta now has seven cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, Alberta Health said Monday.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, will hold a news conference about the three new cases at 1 p.m. Monday at the Alberta legislature.

Hinshaw will also provide an update on the work underway to protect public health.

Canada recorded its first COVID-19 death on Monday. A male resident of the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver died.

Between Friday and Sunday, Health Link, the province’s dedicated phone line for health inquiries, managed more than 1,900 calls relating to COVID-19 resulting in high wait times, the province said Monday. 

“We will continue taking steps to manage wait times,” Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan said in an email.

Health Link is now training additional clinical staff to help provide dedicated additional COVID-19 support, he added. 

On Sunday, Hinshaw announced the province’s third and fourth COVID-19 cases — a man in his 60s from the Edmonton zone, and a woman in her 30s from the Calgary zone who is a close contact of someone who had recently travelled in Europe.

Alberta’s first case — a Calgary woman in her 50s — was reported on Thursday. The second case, a man in his 40s who lives in the Edmonton zone, was reported on Friday.

All of the first four Alberta cases were travel-related, Hinshaw said Sunday. Three of the four patients are connected to the Grand Princess cruise ship.

As of Sunday, three of the four cases were presumptive and one had been confirmed. All of the first four patients have been isolated.

People concerned about recent travel and have symptoms of fever and cough are urged to use Health Link and not go to emergency departments.

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