Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on March 20, 2020.
"To those who are trying to exploit seniors and others during this time of a public health emergency, there must be a special place in hell for people like that".
Hinshaw said there are 57 new cases, bringing the provincial total to 358, including 28 cases of community transmissions. Anyone who has previously been told they will be tested will still get tested.
Eleven Alberta medical professionals who played in a bonspiel in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Instead, they will be asked to self-isolate at home and away from others.
Testing will be prioritized for the following individuals, if they are symptomatic: People who are hospitalized with respiratory illness.
She adds that new testing rules will also give priority to essential workers, although existing testing appointments will be honoured.
"This is consistent with the approach happening across Canada", Hinshaw explained in a news release.
"This new approach, which has been adopted in other provinces, reflects the fact that the number one thing you can do if you have mild symptoms isn't to get tested; it is to stay home and self-isolate away from others".
The premier says people are getting calls from fraudsters claiming to be from Alberta Health Services, telling them they have the virus and using it to leverage their personal and credit card information. Three Albertans have recovered, she said.
Alberta Health's online self-assessment tool has been updated to reflect the change in testing for travellers returning to the province.
"We will not tolerate people coming from overseas and mixing with the general population", he said. She said some of those who've now tested positive would have had contact with patients.
Health officials have indicated going outside is okay if you are following their recommendations but those showing symptoms of COVID-19 need to self-isolate.