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Premier Kenney addresses flood response, COVID-19 data

Last Updated Apr 29, 2020 at 10:09 am MDT

Premier Jason Kenney providing provincial update to Albertans on apr 3.

The provincial government reported no new cases of COVID-19 in the RMWB.

All 15 active cases of the virus are in Fort McMurray.

READ MORE: Fort McMurray now has 15 active COVID-19 cases

Fort McMurray also has five recovered cases, with two more outside the urban service area.

Imperial Oil confirmed 27 cases of COVID-19 at the Kearl Lake facility north of town.

All are in isolation receiving treatment at Kearl’s healthcare wing.

Another 37 cases are off-site within the province of Alberta and other parts of the country.

The company previously announced it tested around 1500 employees on-site.

Alberta reported 154 COVID-19 cases throughout the province, bringing the total to 4850.

It also reported five more deaths to bring that total to 80.

Continuing care facilities have 483 cases of COVID-19, including 52 deaths in the province.

Alberta suspects 524 cases are from community transmission.

1800 cases of the virus recovered, which is an increase of 136 from yesterday, and Alberta completed 138,681 tests so far.

Premier Jason Kenney introduced a new most likely scenario for COVID-19 testing in Alberta based on current trends.

He said this “low” scenario estimates 298 Albertans will require hospitalization, including 95 in critical care when the virus reaches its peak in late May.

“The data show us that our efforts to lower the peak of the virus are working, but we must remain vigilant. We continue to refine our modelling in order to ensure our health-care system is prepared. While we are still a ways off from returning to our normal way of life, our government is working around the clock on a phased approach to [relaunching] our economy safely.”

Kenney said it’s essential Albertans continue exercising common sense and follow public health guidance.

Premier Jason Kenney also provided an update on the flooding situation in downtown Fort McMurray.

He said, after speaking with officials, there does not appear to be additional flooding and water levels should recede.

12,936 residents evacuated from the Fort McMurray and surrounding areas.

A state of emergency was declared for the region in March in response to the pandemic and another was issued on April 27 due to flooding.

READ MORE: Mandatory evacuation order for all of downtown Fort McMurray

Alberta Health Services issued a boil water advisory due to reports of discolouration in tap water in some neighbourhoods in the urban service area.

They later expanded the advisory to Anzac, Draper, Fort McMurray First Nation, Gregoire Lake Estates and Saprae Creek Estates.

READ MORE: Boil Water Advisory in effect for Fort McMurray, rural hamlets

This includes excerpts from the Canadian Press.