COVID-19 in Edmonton

Our community has questions about Edmonton's response to and experience of the pandemic. We're keeping a running list of answers, curated from reliable sources.

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Should people wear non-medical masks?

Yes, when you're out in public and unsure if you can keep a safe distance from others.

 safety, health
 published on Thursday, May 21, 2020

What resources are in place to help families who are staying home?

There is support available for those who need help with food, finances, mental health and more.

 community, economy
 published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What is the public testing strategy?

Anyone with symptoms, close contact to COVID-19 cases or meeting asymptomatic testing criteria can get tested.

 testing, community, health
 published on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

What are the likely timelines for reopening?

There is a three-stage plan to relaunch Alberta’s economy.

 business, community, economy
 published on Monday, May 11, 2020

Why has Calgary been harder hit than Edmonton?

There are many reasons, including international travel, COVID-19 clusters and increased testing.

 published on Monday, May 11, 2020

How long does the virus live on fabric?

There isn’t concrete information on this yet — but experts guess anywhere from a few hours to a day.

 published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Can heat, cold, or UV light kill the virus?

The World Health Organization says there is no evidence that extreme temperatures will kill COVID-19.

 published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Is it safe to eat food prepared by others?

Yes, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through food or food packaging.

 safety, restaurants
 published on Monday, April 27, 2020

If you get the virus, are you then protected?

The WHO has said there is no evidence that those who have recovered from COVID-19 are immune.

 published on Monday, April 27, 2020

How are people keeping their spirits up?

Howling at the moon, supporting frontline workers, tuning into virtual concerts and more.

 published on Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Edmonton zone
  • 523 cases
  • 13 deaths
  • 6,860 cases
  • 135 deaths
  • 84,688 cases
  • 6,424 deaths
  • 5,206,614 cases
  • 337,736 deaths

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