'Signs of hope': 2 patients recover from COVID-19 in Alberta

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Six of the 119 cases are hospitalized, with three admitted to intensive care units (ICU).

More than seven of Alberta's coronavirus patients acquired the virus at the Pacific Dental Conference in Vancouver on March 5-7.

There are now 146 confirmed cases of the illness in the province of Alberta and almost 900 in Canada.

Alberta has already postponed elective and non-emergency surgeries because of the coronavirus. "We need adequate numbers of frontline health care workers, as well as personal protected equipment to handle the anticipated demand". "As of this morning, the online self-assessment tool that Alberta Health Services has provided has been accessed more than 1.3 million times and to date, we have performed close to 15,000 tests", Hinshaw explains.

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The limited preclinical data on remdesivir in MERS and SARS indicate that remdesivir may have potential activity against COVID-19. He also said there is a vaccine trial now being performed that is expected to take "12 months".

Babylon by Telus Health is a free downloadable app Albertans can use to check symptoms, book appointments, see a doctor and get prescriptions and referrals for diagnostic imaging specialists. "Judy is easily one of the most impressive people I know and her children are obviously following in that outstanding legacy".

"We recognize this will likely be hard for families and loved ones but we must do all we can to minimize the risk of infection to our residents and staff. COVID-19 has forced us to make extremely hard decisions. This is why we have taken the extreme measures we have".

The doctor also thanked the Albertans who have gone into self-isolation to protect others. "We are in this together".

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