247 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta, no additional deaths

Alberta reported 247 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths from the illness on Sunday. 

The latest update posted to the province’s website Sunday afternoon brings the total number of cases in the province to 4,480.

Here is how the cases breakdown by zone: 

  • Calgary zone: 3,104
  • Edmonton zone: 479
  • Central zone: 83
  • South zone: 598
  • North zone: 182
  • Unknown: 34

Two clients of the Calgary Drop-In Centre tested positive for COVID-19, Minister of Community and Social Services Rajan Sawhney said at a press conference Sunday. 

It comes as the province looks to increase shelter capacity and identify hotel rooms where people without shelter who tested positive can self isolate. 

The minister also announced the province will exempt a portion of the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) for people on AISH and Income Support who qualify for the federal program. 

The change is intended to help those recipients access federal funding without impacting their eligibility for the provincial programs, Sawhney said. 

“We are taking action to exempt a portion if CERB payments so that the financial benefits from AISH and Income Support can be calculated similarly to when they lost their jobs and they can still receive the same health benefits,”Sawhney said. 

Provincial rules don’t allow AISH recipients to receive additional government funding without a clawback to their benefits.

About 17 per cent of AISH and six per cent of Income Support recipients earn some employment income to supplement provincial benefits. 

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