Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. On behalf of AHS I want to acknowledge Albertans & our contact tracing team for notifying 43K+ close contacts from Nov.6-9. Thank you to cases & contacts who worked w/contact tracers. We have to keep this effort up. (1/16)
Together w/limiting social bubbles, maintaining distance, masking & staying home if sick, the efficiency & completeness of contact tracing efforts is critical to stemming new cases in AB. Today, AHS is launching an online portal for automated texting of close contacts. (2/16)
Confirmed cases can use the site to enter info of known close contacts. Once info is reviewed by the contact tracing team w/the case, the tool delivers a text to close contacts & informs them of exposure & to isolate. The name of the positive case is not disclosed. (3/16)
We’ve seen large increases in continuing care & FN over the past few weeks. I want to acknowledge the teams & leadership of Siksika First Nation & Saddle Lake Cree First Nation. FN communities have done a remarkable job in protecting their communities & preventing spread. (4/16)
Their current numbers, like the numbers in the rest of AB, reflect how interconnected we all are. No group should be targeted or stigmatized. We must all support each other including supporting health care, continuing care & public health workers in every community. (5/16)
Yesterday we IDd 860 new cases, raising active cases to 8,300. 225 people are in hospital w/51 in ICU. When looking at all rural zones combined, we’ve crossed the threshold of 5% avg daily hospital growth over 2 weeks & sit today at 7% avg daily growth in rural zones. (6/16)
This week, we hit the trigger of 50%+ of COVID ICU capacity – we currently sit at 73%. These growing numbers are a concern & threaten our ability to deliver health services. Sadly, I must report 10 new deaths, my thoughts go out to everyone who has lost a loved one. (7/16)
There are active alerts or outbreaks in 307 schools – about 13% of all schools. These schools have 1,031 active cases. This includes 62 schools on the watch list. In-school transmission has likely occurred in 142 schools, 77 have had only 1 new case result. (8/16)
Today, Premier announced temporary mandatory & voluntary measures in effect from Nov. 13-27 to help limit transmission, reduce spread & keep people, communities & our health system safe. If you live in an area with enhanced measures, we need you to take action immediately. (9/16)
We are temporarily stopping group fitness classes, team sports & performances in #YEG & #YYC & their surrounding areas, #YQL, #YMM, #grandeprairie & #reddeer. This does not incl outdoor or individual sports/exercise, training or equip. use. Gyms are not required to close. (10/16)
It also does not apply to junior, university or professional sports. Group performances, such as singing, dancing and theatre must cease. This does not apply to professional venues as they have public health measures in place to limit exposure. (11/16)
All restaurants, bars, lounges & pubs in areas under enhanced status (50+ active cases/100K) must stop liquor sales by 10pm & close by 11pm until Nov. 27. Similar restrictions are in place in BC, SK, MB, ON & QC. (12/16)
Beginning Nov. 13, there is a 50 person limit on wedding & funeral ceremonies in enhanced status areas. We recognize the challenge to these limits but we have seen large outbreaks linked to these events. We ask faith-based orgs to limit attendance to 1/3 capacity/service. (13/16)
We are also asking employers in areas under enhanced status to reduce the number of staff in office buildings at any one time wherever possible. This may include rotating schedules or enabling staff to work remotely. We need all Albertans to do their part. (14/16)
We strongly recommend Albertans living in enhanced status areas do not have social gatherings at home. Please limit social interactions w/friends, extended family & others outside your household – do not have anyone who doesn’t live with you over for non-essential visits. (15/16)
If you can meet friends or family via Skype or Zoom, please start today. Now is the time to reduce the number of cohorts we are in & make it less likely we’ll be exposed to COVID or pass it on to others. We are in this together & must face this challenge together. (16/16)

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13 Nov
It is vital that our health system continues to deliver the care that Albertans’ need. We currently ask all cases of COVID-19 to isolate at home for 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. (1/4)
However, out of an abundance of caution, early on we asked that healthcare workers not return for 4 more days. After review, we have now decided that it's time to bring the approach for healthcare workers safely in line with that for all other cases. (2/4)
Health care workers will still isolate for 10 days after symptom onset or until symptoms resolve, after which they can continue their normal activities. AHS has been advised of this policy change and will begin implementing it, where appropriate. (3/4)
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10 Nov
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. Teams at Alberta Health and AHS worked all weekend to fix the technical problems affecting our reporting system. Dashboards are updated today except our overall testing numbers which will be updated later this week. (1/12)
On Nov 8, we IDd 644 new cases. There are almost 8,000 active cases and Alberta’s positivity rate is now approx. 5%. There are 192 people in hospital including 39 in ICU. Sadly, I must report 7 deaths. My heart goes out to those mourning a loved one. (2/12)
There are active alerts or outbreaks in 285 schools (about 12% of all schools in the province). These schools have 911 active cases incl. 57 on watch. In school transmission has likely occurred in 123 schools (about half have had only 1 new case as a result). (3/12)
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6 Nov
We have encountered a technical issue in the reporting system, so we will be unable to provide detailed #COVID19AB case numbers today. This has not impacted our ability to identify & follow up on new cases, only our daily dashboard. (1/14)
As part of our usual quality assurance process, the team discovered some internal discrepancies that needed to be addressed so I could feel comfortable we were presenting data as accurately as possible. Tomorrow, we will provide a detailed update for both days. (2/14)
I can tell you that about 800 new cases were identified in the last 24 hours. (3/14)
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3 Nov
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. I would like to acknowledge all of the healthcare workers across AB supporting our pandemic response. Behind every case is a long list of people working very hard. I hope you know your work is making a difference. Thank you. (1/12)
We underwent a system upgrade over the weekend & were unable to share numbers yesterday. Thank you for your patience. Over the last 4 days, we averaged 567 new cases/day. This is a large & troubling number. On Fri. we IDd 581 new cases & conducted 13,100+ tests. (2/12)
On Sat. we completed 13K+ tests & IDd 525 new cases. Sun. we diagnosed 592 cases & had almost 11,300 tests. Yesterday, we conducted 8,400+ tests and IDd 570 new cases. Our positivity rate has risen to 6.8% & almost 9% in #YEG. There are 167 people in hospital w/27 in ICU. (3/12)
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29 Oct
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. More than 21,800 people have recovered from COVID-19. In the last 24 hrs we have ID’d 477 cases & conducted more than 12K tests. 130 people are in hospital, including 18 in ICU. We are monitoring hospital capacity closely. (1/10)
I must also report 5 new deaths. Every death, caused by COVID-19 or something else, is a terrible loss for those who loved that person. I offer my heartfelt condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID or any other illness during these difficult months. (2/10)
There are active alerts or outbreaks in 249 schools, with 730 cases total. This includes 111 schools on outbreak including 45 on the watch list. So far, in-school transmission has likely occurred in 87 schools. Of these, 48 have seen only 1 new case occur as a result. (3/10)
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26 Oct
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. We have crossed a tipping point in managing spread & we’re losing the balance we’ve been seeking. COVID-19 hospitalization growth is not above our trigger point of 5% but we must address the situation we are in now. (1/11)
This weekend’s #s tell the story. We ID’d, on average, 480 cases/day over the weekend. Fri saw 364 cases w/16K+ tests conducted. We ID’d 572 new cases Sat & completed 17K tests. Yesterday had 504 cases & almost 12,700 tests. 118 people are in hospital, incl 16 in ICU. (2/11)
Sadly, I must report 7 more deaths. Many are struggling with the loss of loved ones, from COVID-19 or other causes. We must change the trend of COVID-19 spread to prevent more losses & growth in hospitals & ICU. (3/11)
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