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Premier Kenney presents Alberta Relaunch strategy

Last Updated Apr 30, 2020 at 8:37 pm MDT

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to media during the Western Premiers' conference, in Edmonton on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Albertans are expected to learn today more detail on the next steps the province will take to get its economy going again after it contains COVID-19.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The Alberta government reported 190 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 5,355.

It also said three more Albertans died of the virus to bring that total to 89.

Dr Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, said Alberta Health Services reclassified a previously registered death as not linked to COVID-19.

Alberta suspects 627 cases are from community transmission.

There are no new cases of COVID-19 in the RMWB

16 active cases are in the urban service area, including five recovered cases with two outside Fort McMurray.

Alberta Health Services performed 148,937 tests and 2,161 people recovered.

Lab technicians completed 5,051 tests in the last 24 hours.

When speaking on the Relaunch Strategy, Hinshaw said it’s an effective strategy so long as physical distancing, proper hygiene, and staying home when advised help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“However, we must guard against complacency and be patient to ensure the sacrifices we have already made to contain the virus are not wasted by carelessness as we gradually reopen businesses and services.”

The number of confirmed and recovered cases among healthcare workers is also available online.

Alberta Re-Launch

Premier Jason Kenney also unveiled Alberta’s re-opening strategy for the province’s economy.

“I’m confident Albertans will approach relaunch with the same adaptability and resilience they have shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We will move forward together with care and common sense, knowing tough times are still ahead.”

Kenney said Albertans must continue supporting and protecting the most vulnerable.

The strategy involves three stages.

Kenney added physical distancing and other AHS guidelines shall remain throughout the re-launch.

Some of the earliest re-launches will begin in the healthcare fields.

Scheduled and non-urgent surgeries may start on May 4 along with dental care, physiotherapy, speech pathology, social work, dieticians, other forms of therapy.

More information on which businesses are in a specific stage, and how to progress between stages is available here.