COVID-19: Two additional deaths, 32 new cases in Alberta

By Chris Brown	
		Active cases continuing to drop		Two new COVID-19 cases in Medicine Hat and Brooks

The Alberta government is considering changes to the province's immigration practices as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of non-urgent surgeries that will resume include joint replacements and some heart surgeries.

Still, officials are warning Albertans to continue abiding by public health orders, as the virus that has so far taken the lives of 128 people in the province remains a serious risk - even with the new case numbers on the decline. Alberta Health Services vice-president Mark Joffe said last week Alberta has been operating around 40 per cent of its usual surgical capacity since then and anticipates returning to 70 to 80 per cent of its regular outpatient surgical volume in the next six weeks.

The release stated that the province saw 19 new cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours, a daily increase lower than has been seen throughout all of April.

The return of maternity services to the hospitals is contingent on the Calgary zone maintaining a manageable number of COVID-19 cases in upcoming weeks, AHS said.

A total of 134 people have died after contracting the coronavirus in Alberta and 6,800 have fallen ill with the disease since the pandemic started.

Alberta reported 32 more cases of COVID-19 Friday along with two more deaths - a woman in her 70s, who lived at Calgary's Carewest Sarcee care home and a woman in her 90s who lived at Kensington Village in Edmonton.

Calgarians get tested for COVID-19 at the Richmond Road Diagnostic Centre in Calgary on Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020.

There is one active case each in Fort McMurray and outside the urban service area, along with 23 recovered cases in the region.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says declining COVID-19 case trends in those two cities, which had experienced the highest levels of infections, make the reopening safe.

Two more Albertans died from the virus.

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