One patient had a case of COVID-19 linked to the outbreak at the Edmonton General Care Centre, while the other had a case linked to the outbreak at Generations Calgary, a long-term care home.
Hinshaw also announced some new changed for the province's healthcare system, stating that AHS is working to increase capacity for COVID-19 patients by over 2,000 acute care beds and up to 400 ICU beds across the province.More news: Jurgen Klopp DEFENDS team changes after Atalanta SNAPS Liverpool's undefeated home streak
This includes 415 people around the province hospitalized due to COVID-19 with 88 in intensive care. "What you've seen in Ottawa, for example, is there's very close work between the hospitals, and the public health unit and the city, and this extends out into the peripheral areas", said Cushman, who was Ottawa's chief medical officer from 1996 to 2005. The plans outlined on Wednesday indicate the province is also bracing for those numbers to climb even higher.
Outside the urban service area, there are 29 active cases and 73 resolved cases of COVID-19. "These new restrictions and measures create extra work and pressures for staff, owners and operators".More news: Six new cases of Covid-19 in County Kildare today
Adams said governments face constitutional challenges to their laws regularly, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not likely an individual court challenge against a $1,000 ticket for hosting a gathering beyond household members would succeed on constitutional grounds. Premier Jason Kenney, however, stopped far short of that and instead argued that a lockdown would be harmful and a violation of the public's rights.
There are 14,217 active cases, 519 deaths, and 38,369 recoveries of COVID-19 in Alberta. "The real question is whether they'll help us avert disaster, and I'm not sure if they will do that or not".More news: Ravens' Lamar Jackson tests positive for coronavirus
"The decisions each of us make this weekend will help determine whether cases fall or rise in the weeks ahead", Hinshaw said.