· The Pulse
  • The Edmonton zone saw a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases being treated in intensive care units on May 9. The region recorded 10 new ICU cases, which represents the largest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic. There are now 67 patients in Edmonton zone ICUs.
  • Edmontonians enjoyed one last day of patios before the new COVID-19 restrictions took effect at midnight on Sunday. As of May 10, patios and personal services must close for at least three weeks and retail capacity is being limited to 10%. The restrictions won't impact Root 107, which is considered a park, reports the Edmonton Journal.
  • Erin Rutherford, a candidate running for city council in Ward Anirniq has paused her doorknocking campaign in light of the newest COVID-19 restrictions and is encouraging other candidates to do the same. "Politicians are leaders in the community, so it's our chance right now to lead by example," she said.
  • The Edmonton Convention Centre saw very little damage after acting as a temporary homeless shelter for five months, reports CTV News. The condition of the site has been questioned by some councillors.
  • The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new federal financial support program announced by the federal government at a virtual event last week. The Canada Recovery Hiring program will offset costs related to hiring back laid-off workers or bringing on new staff. The federal government will also be extending the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and Emergency Rent Subsidy to Sept. 25.
  • A mandatory evacuation order was lifted on May 8, after overnight rain helped contain the Parkland County wildfire that began Thursday. Fire crews continue to battle the blaze, which was still classified as out of control on Sunday evening.
  • One inmate and two staff members at Edmonton Institution, a men's maximum security prison located northeast of Edmonton, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from Correctional Service Canada.
  • The Yellowhead Tribal College received nearly $200,000 in joint federal and provincial funding to upgrade the college's STEM facilities.