COVID-19 is a public health emergency. Albertans are legally required under public health order to self isolate for:

  • 14 days if you recently returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • 10 days if they you have a COVID-19 symptom (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat) that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition

COVID-19 Cases in Alberta

Alberta confirmed 91 new cases on July 26. This makes a total of 10,390 confirmed ,ases in the province. This statistic will be updated daily for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Alberta Connects Contact Centre

The Alberta Connects Contact Centre is now open seven days a week, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Call 310.4455 toll-free for general information about the provincial response to COVID-19.

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Online Self-assessment

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able.

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Stay Current on County-specific COVID-19 Developments

Explore the sections below for critical County news updates and frequently asked questions.

COVID-19: Stay Current on Most Recent Developments

Scroll down to find critical information, answers to common questions, and links to different resources.

What Does Physical (Social) Distancing Mean?

Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. Keep at least 6-feet away (about the length of a hockey stick) from others while in public.
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical (social) distance between each other. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part. Albertans must practice physical distancing to help protect themselves and limit the spread of COVID-19. Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people you come into close contact with. It can help you reduce the risk of getting sick.

To protect yourself and others, keep at least 6 feet (about the length of a hockey stick) from others when going out for groceries, medical trips and other essential needs. Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands. Try to shop at less busy times and/or order online to have groceries or other items delivered, if possible. Go for a walk in your neighbourhood while maintaining distance from others. Avoid overcrowding in elevators or other enclosed spaces, and follow Alberta’s restrictions on mass gatherings.

Other steps you can take:

  • Wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
  • Avoid carpooling with people from outside your household, if possible
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms

Learn more about physical distancing
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Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings

Albertans are encouraged to wear non-medical masks in public when it's difficult to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres at all times. Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks should complement – not replace – other prevention measures.

Non-medical masks and face coverings: About

Wearing a homemade facial covering/non-medical mask in the community has not been proven to protect the person wearing it and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing. However, it can be an additional measure taken to protect others around you, even if you have no symptoms. It can be useful for short periods of time, when physical distancing is not possible in public settings, such as when grocery shopping or using public transit.

These types of masks may not be effective in blocking virus particles that may be transmitted by coughing, sneezing or certain medical procedures. They do not provide complete protection from virus particles because of a potential loose fit and the materials used. Medical masks, including surgical, medical procedure face masks and respirators (like N95 masks), must be kept for healthcare workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients.

Do not place a facial covering/mask on a child under the age of 2; doing so can cause unintended suffocation. Those who have difficulty breathing or removing a covering/mask without assistance should also avoid using them.


Medical masks

Medical masks include N95 masks and surgical or procedure masks. N95 masks protect from exposure to biological aerosols that may contain viruses or bacteria. They are generally only required during specific, high-risk medical procedures. Surgical or procedure masks provide a barrier to splashes, droplets, saliva or spit. They are not designed to fit tightly against the face.

These masks should be kept for healthcare workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. They may also be recommended for use in some workplaces, like salons, where there is prolonged close contact with people.

Gloves

It is not necessary to wear gloves in public. If you choose to wear gloves, remember to wash your hands before you put them on and immediately after taking them off. Change the gloves if you touch your face, cover a cough or sneeze with your hands, or if they become dirty or torn. Always discard the gloves in a lined garbage bin after taking them off.

To avoid spreading germs or COVID-19, do not touch your face or mask with your gloves, do not touch any personal items (cell phone, bag, credit card) that you might touch again with bare hands, and do not try to wash gloves or use hand sanitizer with gloves on.

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ABTraceTogether app: Help AHS Track COVID-19

The ABTraceTogether is a mobile contact tracing app that helps to let you know if you've been exposed to COVID-19 – or if you've exposed others – while protecting your privacy.
What is ABTraceTogether?

ABTraceTogether is a mobile app that enables community-driven contact tracing to support existing efforts to fight COVID-19. ABTraceTogether will be a tool to complement traditional manual contact tracing completed by public health officials.

Learn how to use the ABTraceTogether app

Mandatory Self-isolation and Enforcement Measures

To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies have been granted full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines.
Enforcing measures to stop the spread of COVID-19
Through amendments to the Procedures Regulation under the Provincial Offences Procedures Act, Community Peace Officers, in addition to Police, have now been granted full authority to issue tickets to enforce COVID-19 public health orders. Fines now administered through tickets for violating an order have increased from up to $100 per day to a prescribed fine of $1,000 per occurrence. Courts will also have increased powers to administer fines of up to $100,000 for a first offence and up to $500,000 for a subsequent offence for more serious violations.

Learn more about enforcement measures to protect Albertans
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Resource Hub: Mental Health and Wellness During COVID-19

Given the ever-changing events around the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing varying degrees of a normal reaction to an abnormal event.
Mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is a very stressful situation for individuals, businesses and communities. It’s normal to feel stress and anxiety. It’s also common for people to display great resiliency during times of crisis. We should remember that this is absolutely the time to lean on each other. Even if we can’t be close physically, we need to stay close emotionally. So, while you’re staying in, stay in touch with each other, and reach out if you need support.

Alberta Health Services has resources and services available to help you or someone you know. Remember, if you’re struggling you’re not alone. There are supports to help you.

Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19)

This Q&A will be updated as more is known about COVID-19, how it spreads, and how it is affecting people worldwide. Be sure to check back often, and please help us control the spread of rumours.
What are coronaviruses?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans

The provincial and federal governments are taking immediate and significant action to help Albertans facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Support for individuals and families

Increasing the Canada Child Benefit

The Canada child benefit is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency. It is a tax-free monthly payment made to eligible families to help with the cost of raising children under 18 years of age. Eligible recipients will receive $300 more per child with their regular child benefit payment in May, 2020. If you have previously applied for this benefit, you do not need to re-apply.

Learn more about the Canada child benefit


Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment

The Government of Canada is providing a one-time special payment starting April 9, 2020 through the GST credit for low and modest income families. The average additional benefit will be close to $400 for single individuals and close to $600 for couples. There is no need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, you will get it automatically.

Learn more about the GST/HST credit: Eligibility


Temporary wage top-up for low-income essential workers

All provinces and territories have confirmed, or are in the process of confirming, plans to provide wage top-ups for essential workers. We will provide up to $3 billion in federal support to increase the wages of low-income essential workers. Each province or territory will determine which workers would be eligible for support, and how much support they will receive.

Learn more about the wage top-up program


Extra time to file income tax returns; 2019 filing due date deferred

The Government of Canada is deferring the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals. For individuals (other than trusts), the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020. The government will also allow any new income tax balances due, or instalments, to be deferred until after August 31, 2020 without incurring interest or penalties.

Learn more about the CRA and COVID-19


Utility payment deferral

Residential customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90-days to ensure no one will be cut off, regardless of the service provider. This program is available to Albertans who are experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19. For example, those who have lost their employment or had to leave work to take care of an ill family member. Call your utility provider directly to arrange for a 90-day deferral on all payments.

Learn more about the 90-day utility payment deferral


Mortgage deferral to help Canadians experiencing financial hardship

During this period of unprecedented economic upheaval and financial uncertainty, Canada’s largest banks are offering mortgage payment relief to customers by way of deferred mortgage payments.

Learn more about mortgage deferral


Banks and credit unions

ATB Financial customers
Personal banking customers can apply for a deferral on their ATB loans, lines of credit and mortgages for up to a six-month period. Reach out to the ATB team member you typically deal with or call 1-800-332-8383. Talk to us about the ways we can help.

Learn more about how ATB is helping

Alberta credit unions
Credit union members will have access to a variety of programs and solutions designed to ease difficulties with loan payments and short-term cash flow. Contact your credit union to work out a plan for your personal situation.


Education property tax freeze

Residential education property tax rates will be frozen at last year’s level – reversing the 3.4% population and inflation increase added in Budget 2020. This will save households $55 million.

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Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the government is taking action to help affected businesses.
Business continuity plans: flu and infectious disease outbreaks

Employers should consider their Business Continuity Plan and how COVID-19 could impact their workplace. To prepare, make plans to protect employees, limit spread in workplaces, ensure continuity of critical services if staff are ill or self-isolating, and explore alternate working arrangements, such as working from home or remotely and/or doing work that doesn't require contact with other people.

Learn more about Business Continuity Plans

COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses

The provincial and federal governments are providing immediate funding and supportive measures to help protect local businesses, employers and employees.

COVID-19 Financial Support Measures for Various Sectors

The government is taking a tailored approach to better protecting individual sectors from the economic distribution of COVID-19.

Canadian Manufacturers Needed to Help Combat COVID-19

Are you a Canadian manufacturer or business that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19? If so, we want to hear from you.
In combating COVID-19, we’re stronger together

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. Please refer to the product specifications and requirements for Canada’s medical supply needs. If you can say yes to the following, we really want to hear from you.

  • You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain
  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns, sanitizers, wipes, ventilators, and/or other medical equipment and supplies
  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances
  • The Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 directly supports businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19

Explore product specifications and requirements for Canada’s medical supply needs
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