Dr. Hinshaw is giving a press conference at 3:30 p.m. I'll be tweeting along updates, including today's #COVID19AB numbers. You can also watch live at the link below.


I'm told this press conference will begin late. Don't know when we can expect to see Hinshaw at the podium, however.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
Yesterday, Alberta reported 515 new #COVID19AB infections.

That number is lower than some over the past week, but that can largely be attributed to a steep decline in testing. Those cases came from 7,461 tests, the fewest since Aug. 10, and equate to a 6.9% positive rate.

Hinshaw says today's delay is due to "technical issues."

There was also a delay yesterday. Stats were posted nearly three hours past the usual 3:30 p.m. update.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
First image: The Alberta YouTube stream saying the #COVID19AB update was "delayed," screencapped at 3:25 p.m.

Second image: The stream saying the update is "postponed," screencapped at 3:42 p.m.

No word yet on when we can expect to hear from Hinshaw.
The operator just popped on the media conference call to notify us that there was a delay (really!) but again, no estimate on start time.

NEW: The #COVID19AB update has been rescheduled to 4:45 p.m.

The province just confirmed to me that reports we will not get new case numbers today are accurate.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
The report originally came from Courtney, who has now tweeted that we are in fact getting numbers alongside an update from Hinshaw.

So, really, 🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷

Update has started.

Hinshaw apologizes for the delay. Says there has been a technical issue in reporting system. This means there will not be detailed information on new cases today.

Hinshaw said it does not affect ability to detect cases.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
"The team discovered some internal discrepancies" that had to be fixed, Hinshaw said.

#COVID19AB #yyc
NEW: There are "about 800" new cases today. No specifics.

#COVID19AB #yyc
There are nine outbreaks at hospitals now, Hinshaw said. This includes three in #yyc (Peter Lougheed, Rockyview, Foothills).

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
It's "extremely concerning" that we are reporting 800 new cases today, Hinshaw said.

It means restrictions introduced 10 days ago are not working.

Hospital rates can be expected to spike in next 7-10 days, she said.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
A high proportion of active cases have been attending work or social events while symptomatic, Hinshaw said.

In #yyc, 9% worked while symptomatic, 7% attended a social gathering.

This means at least 500 people who did not stay home while symptomatic, Hinshaw said.

It's been 10 days since the mandatory 15-person limit on social gatherings, Hinshaw said.

This has been focus because it is driving community spread, she said.

About 40% of active cases in #yyc/#yeg were exposed in household or private gathering.

Also concerning is many cases have unknown exposure, Hinshaw said.

In some cases this is because investigation is ongoing. In others there truly is no known source.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
Hinshaw said AHS does not currently have capacity to call every contact of every case in a timely way.

Effective today, contact tracing will be focused on high-priority settings only.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
Confirmed cases will still get phone calls, asking them whether they have been in a high-priority setting (continuing care, acute care, school).

Organizers of other will be notified too, but more onus on Albertans to notify one another of exposures.

#COVID19AB #yyc
Unless numbers decline dramatically in next few days, we will have to introduce new measures to protect health system, Hinshaw said.

Hinshaw has recommended #yyc/#yeg continuing care facilities consider reducing visitors while transmission rates remain high.

.@DonBraid asks about the alarming numbers. Asks whether there is evidence Halloween was part. Also asks about urgency of situation, given there's no major #s.

Hinshaw says Halloween not yet driving these numbers because not enough time has passed.

#COVID19AB #yyc
Re: second part of question, Hinshaw said she is used to having data at her fingertips and this has been an odd day for her...talks up her team working to find and fix source of problem.

Hinshaw said she's confident in the ~800 #COVID19AB number. Better update coming tomorrow.
Global TV asks about when we will see restrictions, whether we will go back into lockdown.

Hinshaw said discussions on this ongoing... depends on numbers the next few days. Says possibility of lockdown is in Albertans hands.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
"We will be considering questions appropriate to where our transmission is and where our numbers are," Hinshaw said.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
.@ByJamesKeller asks why we're not putting measures in place now, given that the personal responsibility line seems not to be working.

Hinshaw said voluntary measures did slow growth rate. Wants to give Albertans every opportunity to work with fewer restrictions.

.@JunkerAnna asks about why test numbers have dropped so dramatically lately. (~7,400 yesterday.)

Hinshaw said some of the data issues lately resulted in case count being accurate but test count being wrong. There were actually ~11,00 tests yesterday. ~14,000 today.

Quick math there means today's positivity rate is ~5.7%.

I asked Hinshaw how the province can justify challenges reporting cases this week.

"This has not been a good week," Hinshaw said.

She said the data teams have been working hard, extra hours, for many months. Said it's vital accurate information can be provided.

"I apologize. I'm sorry. I know that Albertans rely on this system, as do I."

Just as a car sometimes breaks down, this happens, Hinshaw said.

#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg
CBC asks about what goes into decision-making process for restrictions.

Hinshaw said province looks at numbers and tries to see patterns for how transmissions are occurring. This is why measures to date have targeted gatherings instead of restaurants, for example.

.@JWongGlobalNews asks about Alberta's gathering rules. At a cap of 15, more can gather here than in some other provinces.

Hinshaw said Albertans can choose to go "above and beyond" in helping reduce the spread.

Hinshaw also said the importance of having COVID-19 cases notify their own contacts will be stressed.

#COVID19AB #yyc
.@CarrieTait asks whether she has made recommendations for restrictions that have been rejected.

Hinshaw does not answer this directly. This is reminiscent of exchanges earlier this year where she similarly dodged ?s about whether her recommendations were quashed.

Contact tracing system overwhelmed as Alberta reports "about 800" COVID-19 cases

#COVID19AB #yyc


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