Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. Thank you for quickly adapting to the measures that came into effect Fri. Over the past 24hrs we have IDd 860 new cases & completed 12K+ tests. Our positivity rate is 7% & our active cases have risen to 10,031. (1/13)
There are 264 people in hospital w/57 in ICU. I have heard questions about how COVID hospitalizations & ICU numbers compare to influenza season & why our current acute care burden is so challenging. There are several differences between COVID-19 & influenza. (2/13)
We’ve had 49 acute care COVID outbreaks w/42 deaths in 7.5 months, despite extraordinary measures. The worst acute care outbreak numbers related to influenza in the past 5yrs - 40 outbreaks w/13 deaths in a full year. (3/13)
Processes that enhance safety, limit capacity. Isolation policies for patients w/COVID-19 symptoms, confirmed cases or those exposed mean not using multi-bed rooms & more PPE. Staff who have COVID or symptoms that could be COVID or have been exposed are unable to work. (4/13)
As transmission rises, health care workers or their family members can be exposed. This impacts the system as services can not be operated w/o skilled workers to provide them. Continuing care outbreaks impact acute care as patient transfer is limited w/outbreaks underway. (5/13)
I must report 20 new deaths over the past 24hrs. As cases rise, our deaths will rise. Each one of these people will be missed & mourned. The measures in place are literally a matter of life & death & the choices Albertans make now will determine our future in a few weeks. (6/13)
There are active alerts or outbreaks in 309 schools w/1,046 active cases. This incl 65 schools on the watch list. In-school transmission has likely occurred in 151 schools – 79 had only 1 new case result. When we drive comm. transmission down, we’ll see this in school #s. (7/13)
Each case has on average 15 close contacts. That means with 1K new cases a day, there are 15k new close contacts a day. It is impossible to call each one, which is why AHS has changed its processes and is using tech like the online portal & text notification. (8/13)
If you test positive, share your info, it is easy & anonymous. If you receive a text from AHS that you are a close contact, take the time to respond w/the option that matches your situation. This is critical to helping AHS prioritize phone calls where they matter most. (9/13)
I want to thank those adjusting their Diwali celebrations. Everyone’s holidays are looking different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find joy or appreciate their meaning. One thing we can all take away from Diwali, is that light always overcomes the darkness. (10/13)
I know many are feeling the darkness of COVID-19. There is a lag time between actions & results, but if we follow public health measures, along w/restrictions in our communities, we could start to see results in the next 1-2 weeks. We have power when we work together. (11/13)
1.1 million+ AB have been immunized for influenza compared to about 940K at this time last year. We haven’t had 1 lab-confirmed case of seasonal influenza yet, meaning 0 related hospitalizations or deaths. In 2019-20, we had 8,470 lab-confirmed cases & 41 related deaths. (12/13)
I hope you see this as some light in the darkness. These results, of record vaccine uptake and no cases demonstrably show the power of us working together. There is no way around COVID-19 without this same power of collective action. We must continue to work together. (13/13)

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18 Nov
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. Over the past 24hrs we have identified 732 new cases & completed approx. 13K tests. Our provincial positivity rate sits at about 5.5% & we have 10K+ active cases. There are 287 people in hospital including 57 in ICU. (1/13)
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Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. We have identified 1,026 new cases. Today marks the first time we’ve seen over 1,000 new daily cases. I know Albertans are concerned with the alarming rise in cases – I share these concerns. (1/6)
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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)
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12 Nov
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)
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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)
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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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