Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. 19,500 Albertans have now recovered, almost 850 more since Friday. We completed 13K+ tests in the last 24 hours and identified 323 new cases. Our provincial positivity rate was about 2.5%. (1/10)
116 people are in hospital incl 16 in ICU. Our compounded daily COVID-19 hospitalization rise is 3.1%; 5% is our trigger threshold. The rise appears to be driven by a # of factors incl an increase in case counts & hospital outbreaks. 23% of COVID-19 ICU beds are in use. (2/10)
I am sad to report 1 new death. We’ve lost many Albertans to many different causes since the pandemic began. Each was a person – not a number. All of us who know someone grieving a loss can reach out & offer support. It is 1 of many ways each 1 of us can make a difference. (3/10)
There are alerts or outbreaks in 8% of schools w/512 cases. 96 schools are on outbreak, incl 26 on watch w/5+ cases. Health & school officials are acting swiftly. We have only seen in-school transmission in 69 schools incl 44 that had only 1 new case result. (4/10)
It has been almost 2 weeks since we put voluntary measures in place in #YEG zone. The rate of growth has started to slow –R value has gone from 1.35 to 1.17. This is encouraging but we need to bring this value below 1. Please continue your efforts & work w/contact tracers. (5/10)
COVID-19 loves parties. Recently, a wedding had 49 cases from 63 attendees; another party had 8 cases from 24 ppl & a coworker gathering had 9 cases from 29 ppl & 38 more excluded from the workplace. Keep gatherings small, ensure ppl w/symptoms stay home & keep distanced. (6/10)
The cold & flu season means in addition to COVID-19, Albertans have a greater chance of catching a cold or flu, which have similar symptoms. Our labs have been processing more tests than ever before, largely due to the increase in Albertans with COVID-like symptoms. (7/10)
Effective immediately, we are pausing asymptomatic testing in those w/no known exposure. This is necessary to reduce wait times, get results to Albertans & limit spread. We thank pharmacies who have helped w/testing. Already booked appts will be honoured until Nov. 4. (8/10)
The data shows us asymptomatic testing for people who haven’t been exposed is not an effective way to limit the spread. Of 650K+ tests, 0.1% have been positive. We will continue testing any Albertan with symptoms, is a close contact or is linked to an outbreak. (9/10)
We need to focus our testing where it counts. Faster results help contact tracers reach Albertans quicker & help mildly ill students, parents & employees who test negative get back to school/work. Our lab system is strong & we’re working hard to keep making it stronger. (10/10)

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31 Aug
I’ve heard criticism that Order 33-2020 was issued over the weekend. This timing was not to hide information from Albertans but to ensure school authorities knew about the order before it came into effect today (August 31). (1/8)…
However, I understand the concerns, especially as we move forward quickly to ensure accurate information for Albertans. Effective immediately, my goal will be to post new orders Monday through Thursday and I will share when they have been posted via social media. (2/8)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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