Premier Jason Kenney provided a detailed update on the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta. Calling the COVID-19 pandemic “perhaps the greatest challenge of our generation,” Kenney outlined what he called a “probable” scenario. Under the scenario, by the end of the summer, the province could see as many as 800,000 infections, and between 400 and 3,100 deaths. Kenney also spoke to a less likely “elevated scenario,” which would see infections peak at the beginning of May with as many as 1 million infections, and between 500 and 6,600 deaths.
Government House Leader Jason Nixon has called Alberta MLAs back to the legislature to debate legislation related to the COVID-19 pandemic and supporting vulnerable Albertans. In addition, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw has ordered a province-wide ban on visitors to long-term care centres, licensed group homes and other facilities as part of the ongoing work to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the province.