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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 9,754 Albertans have recovered. The active number of cases has risen to 1,191. We continue to identify high numbers of new cases: 97 on Friday, 67 on Saturday, 74 on Sunday and 65 on Monday from more than 34,000 tests. (1/7)
Sadly, I must also report five additional deaths since Friday, including three at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre. My sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones & sympathies to those who have suffered severe complications. (2/7)
One frequent question is why we closed classes in the spring, when there were fewer active cases, but are resuming in-person classes now. We now know much more about this virus. (3/7)
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 9,100+ Albertans have recovered. We’ve conducted 8,700 tests in the last 24hrs & identified 113 new cases. 91 people are in hospital, 18 in ICUs. To date, more than 676,000 tests have been performed on 566,000 people. (1/9)
Sadly I must report 5 new deaths, all at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre. This is a stark example of the devastation this virus can cause. I offer my condolences to the families & friends of these individuals & to all who have lost loved ones during this time. (2/9)
We continue to expand & improve testing capacity. AHS is deploying more staff to assessment centres, extending hours to meet demand and hiring more staff for the fall. (3/9)
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. More than 8,500 Albertans have recovered. 106 people are hospitalized with 21 in ICUs. There are 114 new cases out of about 8,200 new tests. Two more Albertans have died. I extend my condolences. (1/9)
Our acute care use is approaching the highest number of admissions on any 1 day we’ve had – 113 overall admissions on April 30 and 23 ICU admissions on May 1. This needs to be a wake up call. I am very concerned by these numbers. (2/9)
On July 9, we had 590 active cases - today nearly 1,300. 7 Albertans were in ICU 2 weeks ago, now we have triple that. 24 in hospital are under the age of 60, including 7 between 20-39. While younger people have a lower risk of severe outcomes, that does not mean 0 risk. (3/9)
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 8,363 Albertans have now recovered. 93 people are hospitalized with 16 in ICUs. There are 141 new cases out of 7,813 new tests. Two more Albertans have died, bringing our death toll to 172. I extend my condolences. (1/9)
I am concerned by the continued rise in active cases. If you have a parent, grandparent or relative who is older or has a chronic medical condition, we need your help. To protect those at risk of severe outcomes & slow the recent rise in cases, we all need to do our part. (2/9)
We heard from Albertans that they didn’t need formal restrictions to protect each other. Now is the time to show that is correct. Now is the time to recognize that COVID-19 cases & hospitalizations can rise quickly unless we all take action every day to stop the spread. (3/9)
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Premier Jason Kenney and Education Minister Adriana LaGrange are set to unveil details surrounding Alberta's school re-entry plan for the fall:…

#COVID19AB #ableg
LaGrange recently told the Alberta Teachers’ Association the province was leaning toward allowing schools to reopen for K-12 classes at near-normal operations:…

#COVID19AB #ableg
NEW — Today’s updated #COVID19 stats for Alberta:

-Two new deaths; province’s total at 172

-141 more positive coronavirus cases, for total of 9,728 (1,193 ACTIVE)

-8,363 recoveries, representing around 86% of all cases since pandemic began…
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The @UCPCaucus is not interested in finding a fair solution; they refuse to go to binding arbitration w/ @Albertadoctors.

They make unasked for unneeded changes to how physicians get support.

They violate charter rights by restricting ability to leave the province. /1 #ableg
Their changes are INCREASING the involvement of the govt in administrative duties for MDs. Isn’t that antithetical to a conservative philosophy?

#ableg #abhealth #ABdocs4patients

This was never about decreasing costs and everything about breaking the #CanadaHealthAct. /3
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 8,142 Albertans have now recovered. 69 people are hospitalized with 8 in ICUs. There are 120 new cases out of 8,200 new tests – which is up significantly from yesterday. (1/9)
We currently have 807 active cases in Alberta. I am sad to report two new deaths – bringing our total of lives lost to 165. (2/9)
Three new regions have also been added to the watch list, bringing the total number to seven. These regions are all being monitored closely; no additional measures are being taken. (3/9)
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There's been some questions to me why we in AB need a mask mandate given that our numbers are "lower" than ON and QC.
ANSWER: We need to compare apples to apples, not the raw numbers. ON and QC have +++ population than the west, but we can look at Rates per 100K:
You can see our AB rate of 202 cases per 100K ppl is closer to the 253 case per 100K in Ontario as of today July 13, 2020, #COVID19AB #COVID19
More closer comparisons: The tables look different because there's no uniform reporting across provinces.

Here are comparison tables of Calgary (1.35 mill), Ottawa (1.25 mill) and Toronto (2.9 mill).
Calgary #yyc is close in population size to Ottawa.

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How does a mandatory mask mandate support #yyccc's commitment to anti-racism work after this week's poignant and heartbreaking stories retold with such vulnerability & risk at the public #antiracism consultation? #yyc #COVID19

As the consultation's Co-Chair, Dr. @MalindaSmith said, “We would have failed significantly if we do not act with integrity, with courage. If we do not hear them and act to change the situation.”

#COVID19 had already being laying bare the structural inequities in #yyc and Canada
#COVID19 has disproportionately affected essential workers- those whom our society relies upon for daily essentials. They did not have the luxury to lockdown. Many belong to racialized communities & rely on transit to get to their essential jobs.…
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update.
7,096 Albertans have now recovered. 37 people are hospitalized with 6 in ICUs. There are 45 new cases out of about 6,500 new tests. We have 532 active cases with 236 in the Edmonton zone. There have been 0 new deaths. (1/8)
Our lab has identified 800 samples that were collected but delayed in getting tested due to a transportation issue. 6 positive tests have been contacted & tracing is underway. A small # who tested negative may need to be retested-the lab will contact individuals directly. (2/8)
We are listing a new outbreak at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton. It is confined to a single unit. So far 6 patients & 2 staff have tested positive. Outbreak protocols have been implemented & all staff or patients who may have been exposed are being tested. (3/8)
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@CMOH_Alberta Can you please comment on this Undercover Nurse Video tomorrow at your press #COVID19AB conference...

I have transmitted this video very publicly, so no plausible deniability here.

Sincerely #AlbertansStandTogether #Alberta #Canada #Cdnpoli #coronavirus
@CMOH_Alberta Then I was also wondering why we are'nt exploring the mystery of the use of a completely remarkable off-the-shelf Therapeutic like #Hydroxychloroquine, especially when the FDA has retracted the false narrative that its a killer drug! And POTUS took it!…
@CMOH_Alberta Yes @Crackedlens and @CMOH_Alberta

CC: @jkenney MUST SEE Thread here!

You have not been forthright with this information and its implications.
Why do we need to lockdown with a powerful therapeutic readily available?

@POTUS took it! He has good Drs!…
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I’ve been out of commission the last few days, and now that I’m healing and feeling better, I want to share what happened as a bit of a cautionary tale and an insight into being in an ER right now in #yeg in the midst of #COVID19AB.
Four weeks ago, I fell down the stairs with my dog in my arms.
I ended up with a very bad ankle sprain and bone bruise.
Before this was diagnosed, I thought it might be broken.
My family doctor recommended I go to the ER for the xray and possible cast, and ER volume was down.
The waiting room was quite empty at the Mis when I showed up, so I was encouraged, but I ended up waiting about 6 hours to be seen by a doctor.
I wore a mask and made sure to stay in my little zone the whole time.
Most staff wore masks, not all.
I left with a tensor and crutches.
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 6,811 Albertans have recovered leaving 386 active cases. 53 people are hospitalized with 6 in ICUs. There are 30 new cases out of 7,746 tests. There have been no new deaths. We’ve now surpassed 325,000 tests. (1/9)
I want to highlight two First Nation success stories. Blood Tribe Chief and Council have worked diligently to mitigate #COVID19AB impacts – established a 35-bed clinical isolation facility and delivered 2,540 food and cleaning packages to members on + off-reserve. (2/9)
Whitefish Lake First Nation, through its Goodfish Lake Business Corporation, is producing reusable cotton masks for every Elder, employee and household on reserve & fire-resistant masks for energy companies. (3/9)
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I'll be updating the media on the @CityofEdmonton's ongoing response to #COVID19 shortly. I'll share a summary of my statement below👇.

You can also watch LIVE on the City's YouTube channel:
As you all know, @YourAlberta announced further details and a June 12 timeline for Stage two of its Relaunch Strategy. And as we heard from Adam today, the City will be reopening a few more amenities next week, which is encouraging.
I know that Edmontonians are keen to see our fantastic recreation facilities and pools open but as previously mentioned - we are still working through plans to do so safely, while also taking into account the City's financial limitations due to #COVID19.
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. Today’s numbers reflect the past 48hrs. 6,698 Albertans have recovered leaving 355 active cases. 44 people are hospitalized with 6 in ICUs. There are 64 new cases out of 11,025 tests. We’ve now surpassed 300,000 tests. (1/11)
We now have results for the asymptomatic testing we have been offering since May 12, we will provide these numbers weekly going forward. We have processed 14,853 tests and only 6 have been positive. (2/11)
We have confirmed 3 additional deaths, bringing the total number of lives lost to 149. I extend my condolences to the friends and families of these individuals as well as anyone grieving the loss of a loved one from any cause. (3/11)
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 6,587 Albertans have recovered leaving 344 active cases. Currently, 48 people are hospitalized, with six people in ICUs. There are 19 new cases out of 4,997 new tests in the last 24 hours. (1/14)
Sadly, I must also report two new deaths. I wish to extend my condolences to friends and families of these individuals & to all Albertans who have lost a loved one in this time. (2/14)
I’d like to acknowledge National #AccessAbility week which calls us to recognize people of all abilities & work towards a more inclusive society. Thank you to those who have reached out to share their experiences & ideas for improving access during #COVID19AB. (3/14)
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From The AISH client:

“Oh my lord Hellberta I am writing this with tears running down my face. I am extremely grateful for the help of other Albertans especially at this time ive lost sleep trying to think of things I can to to raise enough to pay my rent and anything...
...think of I will end up having to tell my worker about it. For instance if I pawn something or sell something and I get money from this and I don’t inform my worker I could get in trouble. Last year we had a garage sale & my worker actually stopped in unaware it was my house...
...she didn’t say anything at the time but the next week sent me a letter that inquired about how much I made at my garage sale as it could “potentially” affect my cheque. Look at me I’m getting sidetracked back to the issue at hand...
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As we move into relaunch, we continue to learn more about this virus & how other parts of the world are responding to #COVID19AB. I have received questions about Sweden’s approach, where the government put minimal stay-at-home or physical distancing orders in place. (1/7)
There are a few differences between Sweden and Alberta. First off, more than 1/2 of all households in Sweden are single-person households. In Alberta, less than 1/4 of all households have only 1 person. In Sweden, distancing from others in daily life is much easier. (2/7)
Secondly, there are restrictions in Sweden such as capping gatherings at 50 people & closing high schools/post-secondary institutions. Social distancing restrictions have been enforced where needed e.g. closing some restaurants when distancing measures were not followed. (3/7)
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 5,317 Albertans have recovered leaving 1,073 active cases in the province. 62 people are hospitalized with nine of those admitted to ICUs. In the last 24 hours, out of 4,505 new test results there were 58 new cases. (1/12)
Early results from asymptomatic testing in Calgary identified 50 cases who reported having no symptoms. At this time, we do not have information on how many of these are close contacts of confirmed cases & how many have no known exposure. (2/12)
It seems from this early information that the asymptomatic testing is helping us identify additional cases. As we do further evaluation on possible locations of exposure, I will share more information. (3/12)
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There are important issues this article in @CalgarySunRSS & the comments by @jasonluan88 miss:
(1) First we have to keep people alive to give them a chance for recovery. During #covid19 drugs are more toxic, and seeking and taking drugs is more dangerous.…
re @CalgarySunRSS & @jasonluan88:
(2) when people struggle with addiction, drug use happens, regardless of consequences. Creating more treatment spaces in a crisis will helps some but not all. People will seek treatment when they are ready and ready is different for each person
re @CalgarySunRSS & @jasonluan88:
(3) prescribing a safe alternative to toxic street drugs does not equate to "free drugs". It means prescription alternatives to toxic street supply within provincial drug plans. It is a public health approach to a health crisis. #safesupply
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 4,866 people have recovered leaving 1,361 active cases. Currently, 73 people are hospitalized with 12 of those in ICUs. 3,173 people have been tested & there are 45 new cases since yesterday. (1/12)
I’m sad to report that the total number of COVID deaths has increased by one to 118 deaths in Alberta. I wish to extend my condolences to the friends & families of these individuals, as well as to all Albertans who have lost a loved one recently. (2/12)
As of today, there are 105 active cases in outbreaks at continuing care facilities across the province. 559 residents of continuing care facilities have recovered. (3/12)
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB public health update. Today we are reporting an additional 57 cases of #COVID19AB, bringing the total # of cases in Alberta to 5,893. Of these, 3,219 people have now recovered. (1/8)
Since my last update, we have confirmed 2 more deaths. This brings the total # of lives lost to 106. I extend my condolences to all who are affected by these deaths, as well as to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one from any cause. (2/8)
There are now 622 #COVID19AB outbreak cases in continuing care facilities across the province. These facilities remain a priority and we continue doing what we can to keep residents safe. (3/8)
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Since our first #COVID19AB case was discovered, we’ve learned a great deal. I’d like to share a few key findings. COVID-19 does not discriminate by age, the average patient is 41.5 years & we’ve seen cases in every age group. (1/5)
The most frequent symptoms are cough at 62%, sore throat at 33% and fever at 28%. 7.6% showed no symptoms, these were found at outbreak settings where the exposure risk is higher than in the general population. (2/5)
The 3 most common factors in cases of severe outcomes, are older age, obesity & immunodeficiency. Those over 65 years are almost 5 times more likely to need hospital care or to die than those under 65. This increases the older a person is. (3/5)
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Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB public health update. Over the last 24 hours we have confirmed 218 new cases, bringing Alberta’s total to 5,573. Of these, 2,359 have recovered. (1/8)
We have confirmed 3 deaths which brings the total number of lives lost to 92. All 3 were in continuing care facilities experiencing outbreaks. My thoughts are with those grieving the loss of a loved one today. We should not let these numbers become just another statistic. (2/8)
There are 598 cases in continuing care facilities, 921 cases at Cargill in High River & 390 cases at JBS in Brooks. AHS has identified an outbreak with 5 cases at the Amazon facility in Balzac. A rapid response team is supporting Alpha House in Calgary with 2 cases. (3/8)
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