Alberta COVID-19 Update - May 20

New case numbers continue to decrease, with overall recoveries on the rise across the province.

33 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the province as of yesterday's update form the Government of Alberta, with a total number of 1,004 currently active cases in the province.

To date, 5,584 Albertan's have recovered from the novel coronavirus, while 128 Albertans deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Following last week's measures to begin reopening Alberta's economy, the provincial government also took steps to ease some other restrictions over the weekend, including expanding limits on outside gatherings to up to 50 people. With those relaxed limitations in place, Albertans are still expected to continue adhering to physical distancing measures of up to two meters and are also encouraged not to share food or drinks.

Yesterday, the province announced measures to help further protect seniors and those taking care of them. The Alberta Government will be providing more than $170 million that will go towards protecting residents and staff in long term care, designated supportive living facilities seniors lodges from COVID-1.

A total of $14.2 million will be allocated per month, and funding will be retroactive to March 15. Reports on the use of said funds will be required, with facilities also being required to return money not spent on COVID-related purposes. Funding will be distributed in coordination with Alberta Health Services until the orders from Alberta's chief medical officer of health are lifted.

The provincial government will also be providing new supports for hotels and other lodging providers, allowing them to keep tourism levy amounts collected between March 1 and December 31 of this calendar year.

Between $16 million and $27 million in additional cash flow will be freed up for the for the province’s hospitality sector, which employs 30,000 Albertans. The move will help to better position nthe sector for recovery as the province continues taking steps towards gradually reopening.

Work is also being done by Travel Alberta to help support local tourism organizations across the province. More information on those measures will be provided in the coming days.  

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