The total number of coronavirus cases in Alberta has jumped to seven, the province announced Monday.
Three new cases of COVID-19 have been announced, with a formal update by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer in charge of Alberta health, expected in the afternoon.
Over the weekend, Hinshaw revealed the third and fourth presumptive cases of the coronavirus province – one in the Calgary region and another in the Edmonton area.
A 30-year-old woman from the Calgary area of Alberta Health Services was identified as the fourth alleged case of COVID-19. She had been in close contact with someone who had recently traveled to Europe, including Ukraine, Turkey and the Netherlands.
The Calgary AHS area extends west to Banff, east to Gleichen, north to Didsbury and south to Claresholm.
The other case announced over the weekend was a man in his sixties in the Edmonton area, aboard a virus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship. He returned to Alberta on February 21st.
Hinshaw said 44 Albanians returned to the province on February 21 after traveling aboard the cruise ship.
According to Alberta Health, COVID-19 has an incubation period of 2 to 10 days and there is a “very small chance” of spreading the germs during the period when you contracted the virus but you don’t feel bad. Self-isolation is recommended for some people who have come in contact with an infected person but show no symptoms.
Self-isolation means staying at home and avoiding direct contact with anyone else. This includes staying away from shopping malls, grocery stores or any public gatherings.
Officials advise all travelers returning to Canada from other countries to monitor symptoms, such as fever or cough, for 14 days. Those with possible symptoms are encouraged to call 811 instead of visiting emergency departments or urgent care centers.