Hand sanitizer, masks and sanitizing solutions are now available for free to non-health care organizations such as day care centers, day homes, NGOs, food service providers and private home care, it said Monday. the Alberta government.
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency (EEA) is “distributing surplus personal protective equipment (PPE) to an expanded group of non-health care organizations,” says a press release.
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“We have additional PPE stores and we don’t want them to go to waste, so we share them with Alberta businesses and non-profit groups to support their operations, said City Affairs Minister Ric McIver.
“This is one more thing we can do to help Albertans protect themselves and their families as we continue to respond to COVID-19.”
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The following non-health care organizations qualify for PPE from AEMA at no cost:
- day care centers and residences
- food service providers, meat packaging service providers, food banks, trucking companies, non-governmental organizations, oil and gas services
- general municipal groups, including Metis settlements and First Nations
- private home care providers that are not funded by public funds directly or through contracts
- Privately owned healthcare providers, physical therapy clinics, primary care physicians, optometry clinics, and imaging clinics will also receive PPE from AEMA at no cost.
A request can be made for from the EEA through an online form here.
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Priority organizations, such as continuing care centers, pharmacists, police agencies, fire departments, and emergency medical services, will continue to receive PPE from EEA.
EEA also maintains a 60-day supply of PPE “for future public health emergencies.” The stock includes commercial and medical disinfectant wipes and solutions, nitrile gloves, disposable gowns, hand sanitizer and disposable masks.
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Alberta will also market surplus PPE to other provinces and territories, following previously established processes.
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Daily cases of COVID-19
On Monday, Alberta Health announced that 269 new COVID-19 cases were identified on Friday (out of 9,449 tests), 386 on Saturday (out of 7,615 tests), 269 on Sunday (out of 4,824 tests).
As of Monday, there were 5,311 active cases across the province, slightly more than Friday’s total of 5,293.
2 COVID-19 deaths, 412 new cases reported in Alberta on Friday
On Monday, there were 463 Albertans in the hospital with COVID-19, 98 of whom were in the ICU. For comparison, on Friday, those numbers were 496 and 93, respectively.
Six additional COVID-related deaths were reported over the weekend, bringing the death toll in the province since the pandemic began to 3,217.
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As of Monday’s update, 88.4 percent of eligible Albertans age 12 and older had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Of the same group, 83.2% were fully vaccinated.
On Friday, Health Canada approved Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages five to 11. Alberta Health Services urges parents to register their children for the vaccine as soon as possible.
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