Alberta two day COVID number hits 2017 cases

Laverne Higgins
November 19, 2020

The province recently implemented new public health measures in certain areas in an effort to stop the steady rise of existing cases, though Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw noted that it would take roughly two weeks to see if new measures have any effect on the province's curve.

So far, the provincial app has about 260,000 downloads while the federal app has been downloaded over 5.2 million times. "We need each Albertan to do their part".

Tyler Shandro says he will use any resource at his disposal in the fight against the pandemic but he says Alberta won't sign on to the federal tracing app, because it is not tied into the provincial contact tracing system. "It does not relieve pressures for our contact tracers".

The full chart can be found at the Province of Alberta's website. In the legislative assembly Tuesday, Shandro continued to defend the province's app, saying that the low usage was "a matter of scale". It's an anonymous notification app.

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Compare that to the federal app which has alerted the contacts of about 4,200 people who were diagnosed with the virus. meaning about one alert in every 1,200 downloads.

The Alberta app has faced a number of issues, including the fact that it only worked on Apple devices if running in the foreground of an unlocked device. "The (Alberta) app is a contact-tracing app".

Shandro denied that the Alberta app was broken and accused the NDP of politicizing the pandemic.

Alberta has crested over 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 in one day. The province has a total of just over 10,000 active infections. The percentage of cases coming from an unknown source increases to 88 per cent for cases reported from November 10-16.

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