Alberta is dealing with three new cases of the coronavirus.
An Edmonton-area woman in her 70’s and a Calgary-area man in his 30’s have contracted the illness after being in close contact to two of the other cases.
The other is a Calgary-area woman in her 50’s who recently returned traveled on the MS Braemar Cruise Ship.
Each is currently self-isolating and are expected to make a full recovery.
This brings the total number of cases in the province to seven, all of which have been confirmed.
“With respect to the situation in the province, the good thing is that all the cases that we’ve found have been travel related,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, who spoke to reporters on Monday.
The province is asking all travelers, no matter where they went, to monitor all their potential symptoms.
If people start showing any signs of the virus, they’re asked to self-isolate immediately and call Alberta’s Health Link at 8-1-1.
Moving forward, Hinshaw says everyone needs to adopt good hygiene practices.
“We can do this by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands regularly, and most importantly we need to stay home and away from others when we are sick.”
She adds Albertans need to remember to avoid any contact with vulnerable people if sick from any virus.
“If you are sick, do not visit loved ones in hospitals or long-term care facilities. People in these locations are at the highest risk of complications for both influenza and COVID.”
The risk of getting the coronavirus in Alberta remains low, however, it is rising across the globe. It still could take over a year before a potential vaccine is created.