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Province reports 18 new cases of COVID-19, hospitalization rates hold steady

Since Friday COVID-19 testing has been available to all Albertans with or without symptoms

COVID-19 hospitalization rates in Alberta remain low.

Currently, 52 people are hospitalized, six of whom are in intensive care units.

The province reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday (May 31).

A total of 6,283 Albertans have recovered from the virus to date. There are 584 active cases of the virus in the province.

No additional deaths were reported. 143 Albertans have died to date.

(Below: Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, demonstrates how to use a non-medical mask.)

Since Friday COVID-19 testing has been available to all Albertans with or without symptoms of the virus.

The expansion of testing in the province will generate data to help trace the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing allows public health officials to identify steps that can be used to help limit the transmission of COVID-19 while learning how well public health measures are working.

The evidence gathered through contact tracing will help inform the next stage in Alberta's Economic Relaunch Strategy.

The province is also encouraging Albertans to download the app ABTraceTogether to help prevent the spread of the virus and aid in contact tracing.

Any Albertan showing symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and sore throat are encouraged to access testing and complete the COVID-19 online self-assessment tool.

The next COVID-19 update will be provided on Monday (June 1).

Chelsea Kemp

About the Author: Chelsea Kemp

Chelsea Kemp joined the Cochrane Eagle in 2020 as editor, bringing with her experience as a reporter and photojournalist. She writes about politics, health care, arts and entertainment and Indigenous stories.
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