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Premier says that Alberta will reopen on the same schedule

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Published on May 08, 2020 with No Comments

When Alberta enters Phase 1 of its relaunch, it’s likely that not all parts of the province will reopen on the same schedule, the premier says.

The impact of COVID-19 has not been felt equally across regions or even from community to community, Kenney said Thursday at a news conference.

The emergency management committee of cabinet will meet on Monday to make decisions about precise timelines for Phase 1 of the relaunch, he said, and will do so with regional statistics in mind and with advice from the chief medical officer of health and her team.

“We will be looking through a local lens at how quickly we reopen aspects of the economy to ensure that we are doing it very prudently,” Kenney said. “I would say it’s obviously unlikely that we would move forward at the same speed in places like High [River] and Brooks as most of the province.

He said an announcement about the timing will likely be made on Tuesday.

Alberta reported two more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday and 54 new cases of the disease. That brings the total number of deaths in the province to 114 and the total number of cases to 6,017.

The number of people listed as recovered was 3,809, well above the number of active cases, 2,094.

A regional breakdown of cases as of Thursday shows the impact of COVID-19 in different parts of the province.

Kenney said Peace River Country, for example, has seen few infections though the town of McLennan has seen a significant outbreak linked to a continuing care facility there.

“Similarly, we obviously are very concerned about the outbreaks in Brooks and High River,” he said.

Since Alberta Health Services zones were set up for administrative purposes, cabinet will be looking at local circumstances rather than entire regions, he said.

 

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