Alberta officials share COVID-19 update for May 4

Henrietta Strickland
May 5, 2020

"Starting this morning, AHS is proceeding with a mix of minor and major surgeries based on the determination that the rate of new COVID-19 infections does not present a significant risk to patients or staff or the capacity of the system", Shandro said.

Of the total cases, 2,942 have recovered. As of Monday, there are 621 confirmed cases in continuing care facilities.

Of the 936 cases at Cargill, 810 have recovered. JBS in Brooks has 469 confirmed cases.

The modified rules - created to strengthen care for nursing home residents during the COVID-19 pandemic - are scheduled to remain in place until August 14, unless the province's emergency public health order is lifted before then.

The province also saw 70 new cases and nine deaths.

"We can see with some of the outbreaks we are experiencing, that depending on the circumstances of how people interact with each other, that there can be spread where a small number of cases can quickly become a large number". "Thanks to the measures our government and AHS have taken, and the hard work and dedication of front-line health-care workers, our health-care system now has the capacity to begin resuming some of these procedures".

Hinshaw said they are now once again expanding testing.

The top priority will be to treat patients who would be at the highest risk if their surgery was further delayed and those who have been waiting longest using a centralized booking system.

In addition, independent allied health professionals, such as chiropractors, psychologists and physical therapists, will now be able to re-open if they so chose.

A temporary change to the regulations governing nurse practitioners will allow the health professionals to assess patients, prescribe medication and order treatment in nursing homes in Alberta.

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