CALGARY – Albertans who were advised to follow a multitude of health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic are reminded to keep a few things in mind for Canada Day later this week.
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, posted holiday viewing tips on social media.
As of Thursday’s update, Hinshaw said that while many Albertans have seen a recovery in some facets of the economy, “COVID-19 is still a threat.”
She said that when people plan their Canada Day celebrations, there are a number of things Albertans can consider to reduce the risk of infection.
“Make sure you keep at least two meters, about the length of a hockey stick, away from people outside your home or the cohort’s family, wash your hands or disinfect your hands after touching common tactile surfaces, to wear a mask, when removal is not possible. “
While celebrating outdoors with your cohort is the best option, Hinshaw says that if Albertans want to watch the holidays with others, they should avoid closed areas like backyards and opt for open areas like parks or other green spaces.
There are also a number of things families should avoid on Canada Day.
“Please avoid barbecues and potlucks as shared containers and serving utensils can be a source of infection. This year it’s a good idea for everyone to bring their own food and drink And if someone disagrees with that, you can blame me for this recommendation. “
Hinshaw added that there have been a number of times since the start of the pandemic that a single infected person has spread the disease to a number of other people.
“The virus is still there. And we know that gatherings can help spread it, always watch for symptoms of COVID-19 in you and in others who depend on you for their care,” she said.
“COVID-19 loves a party, so we can’t let our guard down. We’re really in the same boat, and we need to make sure we protect each other as much as possible.”
According to the most recent data, there have been 7,957 confirmed cases in Alberta and 520 of them are active cases.
The Edmonton area has 228 active cases while the Calgary area has 221.
While more than 7,200 Albertans have recovered, 154 patients have died.