About COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause respiratory illness in people, ranging from mild common colds to severe illnesses. Others cause illness in animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people, and more rarely, these can then spread from person to person through close contact. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. What is a pandemic? Click here for the definition.

As of February 16, 2020 there are 4,993 active cases, 1791 deaths and 129,338 recovered cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. 

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)

  • Runny nose

  • Sore throat




Symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person. Symptoms may also take up to 14 days to appear after exposure and you can infect others even if you are not yet showing symptoms. Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness with the risk of death in severe cases from the virus that causes COVID-19:

  • Cancer

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

  • Heart conditions 

  • Immunocompromised state from solid organ transplant

  • Obesity

  • Sickle cell disease

  • Smoking

  • Type 2 diabetes

What should you do if you experience symptoms of COVID-19?

Alberta Health Services has developed an online assessment tool that can be used to assess the need for testing for COVID-19. If you believe an assessment is needed, please click here. If you are experiencing breathing troubles, call 9-1-1 immediately.

If you are experiencing symptoms including: fever cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat or runny nose, you must self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and until your symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer)

How is COVID-19 spread?

It is believed to be spread mainly by coughing, sneezing or direct contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 or with surfaces that have been recently touched.

Some may also experience:

  • Chills

  • Painful swallowing 

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Headache, Muscle or joint aches

  • Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion 

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, etc.)

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Learn about the risks of COVID-19 and the steps you can take to prevent the spread of infection


Each individual should continue to be proactive and think about the actions they can take to keep themselves, their loved ones and the community healthy and prevent the spread of infection


Your mental health is important. Find resources and tools available to you here. To also be kept up to date on what the Provincial and Federal health authorities are doing along with other organizations, please visit these websites


You can find Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here. This section will be updated frequently

What are Treaty no. 6 nations doing?

Visit here to be kept informed on what the communities of Treaty No. 6 are doing to ensure the health & safety of the community and emergency preparedness


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