If you've ever wondered where the closest COVID-19 cases to you are, you're in luck. To make this easier and ensure public safety, the province has just announced an Alberta COVID-19 map that shows exactly where the active cases are. The map is now available for anyone to access.
In a recent update to the public on Tuesday, June 9, Premier Jason Kenney announced the new technology.
“This will keep everyone better informed about the level of risk in their own local community, which will help them continue to exercise personal reasonability for their own safety and that of their loved ones,” said Kenney.
The map has been posted to the provincial government website for public use.
Each region of the map can be clicked on and will be accompanied by current stats including active cases and recovered numbers.
Right now, the areas with the most active cases are Calgary and Edmonton with 196 and 103 respectively.
The latest data states that there are 355 active cases in the province. Of those, 210 are in the Calgary zone.
In addition to the active cases map, Alberta Health Services has posted a real-time map tracker on its website.
Not only does the map show how many cases there are in Alberta, but it also shows the number of cases globally.
During his speech, Kenney also asked that everyone in the province download the ABTraceTogether app.
“The more folks who put it on their phones the faster we will be able to notify you if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and that means we will be able to act more quickly to contain local outbreaks,” said the premier.
The provincial official also mentioned during his update to the public that the province would be officially moving into stage 2 of the relaunch on Friday, June 12.
This includes the reopening of things like libraries, massage centres, tanning salons, movie theatres, and team sports.
Stage 2 will also include increasing the limit of people in outdoor settings to 100.
There are also some facilities that had been intended to open in stage 3 that will instead be allowed to open on June 12 including pools, casinos, arcades, and bingo halls.
"All of these activities must comply with Alberta's public health guidelines, including physical distancing, frequent cleaning and face-covering when appropriate," said Kenney.