Current situation

The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO). Alberta declared a public health emergency.

Confirmed cases: 690 in Alberta, 6,287 in Canada.

Last updated: March 30 at 4:30 pm

Public health orders

To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies now have full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines for violations.

View all public health orders

Cases in Alberta

Location Confirmed cases (Mar. 30) Deaths
In Canada 6,287 66
In Alberta 690 (29 new) 8
*Updated March 30

View all case and testing data

Data reported in the table is based on a 24 period from 2pm to 2pm. Aggregate data reported in the interactive data application is based on calendar day.

Prevent and prepare

Alberta implemented measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including new mandatory self-isolation requirements and mass gathering restrictions. Find tips to prepare your household in case you need to self-isolate at home.

  • Mandatory self-isolation requirements

    Self-isolation can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Under public health order, you are legally required to self-isolate for:

    • 14 days if you returned from international travel or are a close contact of a person with COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of symptoms, should they occur
    • 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition

    If you are self-isolating:

    • stay home - do not attend work, social events or any other public gatherings
    • avoid close contact with other people, including household members but especially seniors and people with chronic conditions or compromised immune systems
    • don’t take public transportation like buses, taxis or ride-sharing, where possible
    • watch for symptoms

    If you are in mandatory self-isolation:

    • Do not go to school, work, other public areas or community settings.
    • Do not go outside for a walk through your neighbourhood or park. This includes children in mandatory self-isolation.
    • You can get fresh air in your backyard, if you have one, but must remain on private property not accessible by others.
    • If you live in an apartment building or highrise, you must stay inside and cannot use the elevators or stairwells to go outside. If your balcony is private and at least 2 metres away from your closest neighbour’s, you may go outside on the balcony.
    • This directive is consistent with the new federal requirements under the Quarantine Act.

    Learn how to self-isolate and prepare

    Last updated: March 30 at 4 pm

  • Mass gathering restrictions

    Albertans are prohibited from gathering in groups of more than 15 people in both indoor and outdoor spaces:

    • All gatherings, indoor or outdoor, over 15 people must be cancelled
    • Gatherings in outdoor public spaces are limited to groups of 15 people in one location and must observe 2-metre social distancing requirements
    • Outdoor spaces where individuals or families are walking and
    • Access to all public recreation facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited
    • All dine-in services are prohibited
    • Access to retail, clothing and gaming stores is prohibited
    • Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only
    • Albertans are prohibited from accessing close contact personal services

    View all mass gathering restrictions

    Last updated: March 27 at 3:45 pm

  • Help prevent the spread

    All Albertans have a responsibility to help prevent the spread. Take steps to protect yourself and others:

    • practice physical distancing
    • practice good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching face
    • monitor for symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
    • self-isolate for the legally-required 10 days if you have any symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or medical condition
    • take the COVID-19 self-assessment if you're concerned about your health
    • health care workers should follow guidelines for personal protective equipment (PDF, 69 KB) when caring for individuals who may have COVID-19. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has endorsed these guidelines (PDF, 109 KB).

    Learn more ways to prevent the spread

    Last updated: March 27 at 8:00 pm

Symptoms and risks

You are legally required to self-isolate for 10 days if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.

COVID-19 can cause serious respiratory illness. Because it is a new virus with no treatment or immunity in people, it is critical for people with any symptoms to stay home and self-isolate to keep it from spreading.

  • Symptoms

    Symptoms

    COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses.

    • Common symptoms can be mild: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
    • Symptom of serious illness: difficulty breathing or pneumonia

    If you have symptoms:

    Risks

    Most people – about 80% – recover without needing special treatment. However, it can cause serious illness in some, and there is a risk of death in severe cases.

    While we are still learning about COVID-19, serious illness appears to develop more often in people who are older or have pre-existing conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes.

    Last updated: March 25 at 3:30 pm

  • How it spreads

    COVID-19 is transmitted through person-to-person spread by:

    • larger droplets, like from a cough or sneeze
    • touching contaminated objects or surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth

    COVID-19 is not airborne and cannot spread through the air over long distances or times, like the measles.

    Studies suggest that the virus generally only survives for a few hours on a surface, though it may be possible for it to survive several days under ideal conditions.

    Last updated: March 15 at 5 pm

  • Treatment

    There is no specific vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. The virus is new and different, so needs its own vaccine – which researchers around the world are now working to develop.

    Supportive care is being used to treat patients with COVID-19 and some medications are being tested to see if they can help severely ill patients.

    Last updated: March 16 at 5 pm

  • COVID-19 vs. Influenza

    Coronaviruses

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses.

    Novel coronaviruses, like COVID-19, are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans. This means people have no immunity against it, and it has no specific vaccine or treatment.

    COVID-19 vs. Flu

    In some ways, COVID-19 is similar to influenza (also known as the flu), but there are also key differences.

    Similarities

    • Both cause respiratory disease.
    • Both are spread by small droplets from the nose and mouth.
    • Neither is spread through the air over long distances and times, unlike the measles.

    Differences

    • COVID-19 does not have a specific vaccine or treatment available.
    • COVID-19 does not appear to transmit as efficiently as influenza:
      • only people with symptoms seem to be spreading the disease, but symptoms may be very mild, so transmission is possible even if the person is feeling well
      • controlling its spread is possible when people with symptoms are isolated
    • COVID-19 causes severe disease and mortality in more cases than the flu. On average:
      • COVID-19 has resulted in 1 to 2 deaths per 100 cases
      • Flu results in 1 death in every 1,000 flu cases

    Because COVID-19 can cause serious illness, it is critical to keep it from spreading by having people with symptoms follow mandatory self-isolation requirements.

    Last updated: March 25 at 3:30 pm

  • Mental health and family violence

    Mental health

    The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on Albertans' mental health.

    Resources are available if you need a little extra support, advice on handling stressful situations, or ways to talk to children.

    Family violence

    If you or someone you know is at risk of family violence, help is available.

Info for Albertans

Effective March 25, all travellers returning from outside Canada are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

  • Info for renters

    New protections are in place for residential and mobile homes site tenants facing financial hardship due to COVID-19:

    • Tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1, 2020.
    • Rents on residential properties or mobile home sites will not increase while Alberta’s State of Public Health Emergency remains in effect.
    • Late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments until June 30 and cannot be collected retroactively for this time.
    • Landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while COVID-19 is being managed.
    • Landlords can still file applications and receive orders for possession if the reason for the eviction is unrelated to rent and/or utility payments, or if a tenant refused to negotiate or comply with a payment plan.

    Resources:

    Suspending Eviction Enforcement

    Rent Payment Plans

  • Info for travellers and airline passengers

    An official global travel advisory is in effect. Albertans should follow all travel recommendations.

    • Avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada and all cruise ship travel.
    • Canadians abroad should return home immediately.
    • Returning travellers must:
      • follow mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirements and monitor for symptoms
      • check recent domestic and international flights for confirmed cases (info updated as cases are confirmed)

    View all travel advice

    Last updated: March 25 at 3:30 pm

  • Info for seniors and other vulnerable groups

    Individuals over 60 years of age and those with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.

    Continuing care, long-term care and seniors lodges

    To prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, among seniors and vulnerable groups:

    • Visitors to any continuing care, long-term care and seniors lodges in Alberta are limited to essential visitors only.
    • Each essential visitor must be verified and undergo a health screening prior to entering the facility. This may include a temperature check or a questionnaire.
    • Facilities must have security staff or a greeter to conduct this screening and verify the visitor is designated.
    • Exceptions to these essential visitor rules will be made for family members to visit a person who is dying, so long as only one visitor enters the facility at a time.

    See guidance on visitation restrictions for continuing care, long-term care and seniors lodges (PDF, 554 KB) for more information.

    Updated operational standards for facilities

    Updated requirements have been established for licensed supportive living, long-term care facilities and service providers licensed under the Mental Health Services Protection Act.

    These expectations are for all operators or service providers, residents, staff, as well as any essential visitors of these facilities.

    See Updated Operational Standards (PDF, 620 KB) for more information.

    Support for seniors at home

    Seniors can contact 211 if they need help finding resources in their community. 211 is a comprehensive referral system accessible to all Albertans.

    Call or text 2-1-1, or visit ab.211.ca.

    Resources

    Last updated: March 27 at 1:45 pm

  • Info for daycares

    Licensed child care

    • All licensed child care facilities in Alberta are closed at this time. This includes daycare, out-of-school care and preschool programs.

    Child care for core service workers

    • Select licensed child care centres will begin reopening to provide child care for core service workers.
      • Access will be prioritized to health-care practitioners and critical infrastructure workers.
      • Additional space will then be available to first responders and others.
    • Children's Services will contact the centres that will be reopening directly.
      • Centres will initially be chosen based on proximity to health-care facilities and will be reopened in phases based on areas of need, starting March 23.
    • Parents will be notified by their employer if they qualify to send their children to newly reopened centres.

    Home-based child care

    • Approved family day homes are exempt as they care for fewer than 7 children at a time, but should use enhanced sanitation practices.
    • Private home-based child care providers remain open as they can only care for up to six children, not including their own, at any one time.
    • Government does not monitor private child care providers but can issue closures if they are over this limit.
    • Any home-based child care provider – approved or private – should routinely clean and disinfect surfaces that people regularly touch, like toys, door handles, keyboards, toilets and tables.
    • Visitors and children should not enter if they are feeling unwell.
    • Regardless of where a child is being taken care of (family, friends or day home) handwashing facilities or hand sanitizer must be available to children, and visitors are encouraged to wash their hands frequently.
    • While grandparents and other seniors are a great help with child care, older Albertans have an increased risk of complications if they get COVID-19. We encourage limiting exposure to children who have any signs of illness.
    • Parents should take precautions and limit the number of playdates to reduce the chances of community transfer.

    Resources

    Last updated: March 20 at 7pm

  • Info for schools
    • All classes in K to 12 schools are cancelled until further notice
    • All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled
    • School authorities will offer at-home learning opportunities for all kindergarten to Grade 12 students
    • Each student will get final grades and a report card appropriate to their grade level
    • High school students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate

    Student learning during COVID-19

    Resources

    Last updated: March 20 at 7pm

  • Info for post-secondary institutions

    Effective immediately, in-person classes at post-secondary institutions are cancelled until further notice. Campuses remain open.

    We are working with post-secondary institutions to ensure that these extraordinary circumstances do not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the upcoming school year.

    Resources:

    Last updated: March 15 at 5 pm

  • Info for municipalities

    We are providing advice based on current evidence and public health recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

    Helping local organizations plan for an outbreak

    • Business continuity planning (PDF, 319 KB) is essential in preparing critical operations for potential interruptions.
    • Alberta Emergency Management Agency field officers are available to support municipalities, First Nations and Metis Settlements with their emergency management and business continuity planning.

    Supporting the health system

    Communities should:

    • refer anyone with health-related concerns to Health Link 811 and promote it as a reliable source of information
    • promote the Respiratory Viruses and the Workplace guide for workplaces
    • review business continuity plans to ensure disruptions from staff shortages have been considered, especially for critical operations
    • stay informed about the current situation in Alberta via this web page

    Resources

    Last updated: March 15 at 5 pm

  • Info for homeless shelters and service providers

    We are working with community-based organizations, homeless shelters and women’s shelters to:

    • update pandemic plans with guidelines and information specific to COVID-19
    • expand shelter capacity and help current service providers to maintain social distancing practices by finding additional space to house people

    $30 million has been committed to adult homeless shelters and women’s emergency shelters to support their COVID-19 response.

    Resource

    Last updated: March 30 at 11:00 am

  • Info for charities and not-for-profit organizations

    $30 million has been committed to charities, non-profits and civil society organizations to support their COVID-19 response. More information on emergency funding for charities and not-for-profit organizations.

    Last updated: March 30 at 11:00 am

  • Consumer complaints and cyber security

    We’re receiving two types of complaints related to consumer exploitation resulting from COVID-19:

    • retail outlet stores raising prices for high-demand products (i.e. toilet paper, hand sanitizer)
    • private individuals purchasing mass quantities of supplies and reselling them at an inflated premium

    The Consumer Protection Act prevents suppliers from grossly raising prices with no explanation beyond what is reasonable for goods that are readily available.

    Unlike commercial sales, the Consumer Protection Act does not explicitly cover private sales. We urge all Albertans to act with consideration and caution and to find ways to help support each other in this time.

    File a consumer complaint

    If people see prices for products or services in Alberta skyrocket because of COVID-19, you can report it through our Report-a-Ripoff submission form or by calling 1-877-427-4088.

    Cyber security

    Cyber security incidents involving malware and fraudulent activities, including identity theft, are being reported across Alberta in the wake of COVID-19.

    • Anyone who receives a call asking for credit card information should hang up immediately and call the non-emergency line for local law enforcement.
    • Albertans are encouraged to continue to exercise caution when clicking on links or providing personal information to people and organizations that request that information, unsolicited.

    Last updated: March 21 at 5:55 pm

Government service changes

  • Corporate Registry changes

    Corporate Registry changes

    In keeping with public gathering restrictions, deadlines are suspended for corporations, partnerships, cooperatives and non-profit organizations to hold annual general meetings and file their annual returns

    These groups will remain active in Alberta, and will not have their corporations, partnerships, cooperatives or non-profit organizations dissolved due to failing to file annual returns.

    Learn more

  • Temporary office closures

    Some Alberta government office locations have temporarily closed to the public.

    To find out how to access affected government services, visit the program's web page or call Alberta Connect at 310-4455 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.

    View list of temporary office closures

  • Road tests, driver's licence, ID cards and vehicle registration changes

    Upcoming expiry dates for Alberta drivers’ licences, identification cards, vehicle registrations, other permits and certificates are being extended until May 15.

    Medical evaluations

    Effective immediately, Transportation has extended the timeline to 90 days for most drivers requiring a medical evaluation to provide their completed medical form when applying for or renewing their licence.

    This will reduce the current strain on the healthcare system. Medically, high risk drivers will still be required to present their medical evaluation at the time of their application or renewal.

    See Medical conditions and driving for more information.

    Vehicle registration

    Vehicle registrations expire on an assigned month based on the registrant’s surname or a company name.

    • Albertans and companies with registrations expiring in March and April (including those whose last names begin with B, D, G, Y) will now have until May 15, 2020 to renew their vehicle registrations.

    Driver's licences and ID cards

    Drivers' licences and ID cards expire on the holder’s birthday in the year noted on the card.

    • Albertans who have birthdays from March 17 through May 14 and whose cards expire this year, now have until May 15, 2020 to renew.
    • Expiry dates can be found on your card and Albertans with birthdays from March 17 through May 14 are encouraged to confirm whether they need to renew this year.

    Road tests

    Effective March 20, Alberta commercial and passenger road tests have been suspended for at least 4 weeks. Road tests will resume when it is safe to do so.

    • Albertans who have a road test scheduled will be able to rebook online as of April 17, 2020 for a test on April 20, 2020 or later, at no additional charge.
    • We are working with the commercial carrier industry to determine whether there are any urgent driving tests that need to be held in order to support maintaining delivery of essential goods, such as food and medical supplies.
  • Court and justice services changes

    The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the Provincial Court of Alberta and the Alberta Court of Appeal are limiting services to essential and urgent functions.

    Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench

    There are changes at the court because of COVID-19. Read more at Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench information.

    Provincial Court of Alberta

    There are changes at the court because of COVID-19. Read more at Provincial Court of Alberta information.

    Alberta Court of Appeal

    There are changes at the court because of COVID-19. Read more at Alberta Court of Appeal information.

Alberta government response

  • Submit your offers of support

    Submit your offers of support or donations if you're interested in supporting the COVID-19 response.

    If there is an emergency requirement for your product or service, you will be contacted by a representative of the Government of Alberta.

  • Alberta government response

    Alberta government actions

    • March 27 – Alberta announced new restrictions on mass gatherings and services, protection for residential renters, and tax relief for hotels and other lodging providers.
    • March 25 – Alberta announced new measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including:
      • making self-isolation mandatory for returning travellers, close contacts of COVID-19 cases and people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
      • giving law enforcement agencies the full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines
    • March 23 – Alberta announced new support for Albertans, employers and physicians, including:
    • March 21 – Alberta amended the Emergency Management Act to allow provincial and local states of emergencies to exist at the same time, helping communities
    • March 20 – Alberta announced new measures to address the economic downturn, including:
    • March 18 – Alberta announced immediate financial assistance for Albertans affected by COVID-19 pandemic, including:
      • emergency isolation support for working Albertans who must self-isolate
      • 90-day utility payment deferral for residential and business customers
      • 6-month student loan repayment deferral
      • corporate income tax changes and other supports for employers
    • March 17 – Alberta declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act to empower authorities to more effectively respond to public health concerns.
    • March 17 – $60 million in one-time emergency funding was provided to civil society organizations, adult homeless shelters, and women’s emergency shelters to:
      • enable social distancing and sanitization of common areas
      • provide supports and services to at-risk seniors, people with disabilities and families facing homelessness, poverty and social isolation
    • March 15 – $500 million in additional health funding was commitment to the COVID-19 response to ensure front-line health professionals have the tools they need for testing, surveillance and treatment of patients.

    Public health actions

    Alberta’s public health officials are carefully monitoring the situation in Canada and around the world, and are ready to respond. They are:

    • working closely with federal, provincial and territorial partners to share information and assess potential health risks
    • ensuring our health system is responding effectively
    • ensuring front-line health professionals have information about the virus so they can:
      • take recommended actions
      • promptly report potential cases to public health officials
    • updating self-isolation and self-monitoring recommendations for returning travellers as required
    • tracing all close contacts of confirmed cases, testing and isolating those who are symptomatic, and asking even those who feel well to self-isolate for 14 days after their last contact with the case
    • granting law enforcement the authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines to anyone violating a public health order

    Last updated: March 25 at 3:30 pm

Chief Medical Officer updates

Daily updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Protecting families and the economy

Guidelines for continuing K to 12 student learning while in-school classes are cancelled due to COVID-19.
Immediate action will protect jobs and provide economic relief to the oil and gas industry.
Providing expert advice to guide Alberta through the economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the energy price crash.

Resources

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News

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