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)
AHS is working hard to meet demand & has plans to ensure beds for COVID-19 patients are available if needed. AHS can increase hospital spaces by reducing the number of other patients. This means reducing elective surgeries & ambulatory care visits as seen in #YEG zone. (2/13)
Hospitals are increasing spaces by opening units & equipping spaces. AHS can create temporary ICU beds in spaces that would otherwise be used for specialized care. But, there are consequences - delayed access to non-COVID care & there is a ceiling to capacity expansion. (3/13)
We need Albertans to do their part. By working together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community, we can reduce the need for hospitalization and demands on our hospitals. (4/13)
There are active alerts or outbreaks in 320 schools – about 13% of all school in AB. This includes 64 schools on the watch list. In-school transmission has likely occurred in 157 schools – about 83 had only 1 new case result. (5/13)
I must report 11 new deaths over the past 24 hrs. My condolences go out to those mourning lost lives today & since the pandemic began. Almost 1/4 of our COVID-19 deaths have happened since Nov. 1. If we do not change our trajectory, the implications are grim. (6/13)
Every day about 250-350 people are getting sick & we have been unable to ID the source. This puts us all at greater risk. This is why we put last week’s measures in place. They are focused on settings where there is the highest risk of one case spreading to many. (7/13)
I am disappointed at reports of orgs & businesses continuing activities - fitness studios running group classes w/a video rather than an instructor or some team sports continuing practice by moving to neighbouring community’s rink or teams continuing to socialize together. (8/13)
The intent of these measures is to facilitate a 2 week hard stop of all activity that can provide an opportunity for large scale spread. I have heard people say they believe it will last longer, so they don’t want to comply. We cannot create a self- fulfilling prophecy. (9/13)
Any individual, group or business that chooses to continue, is risking the time limited nature of the restrictions & risks further restrictions to their own businesses & activities & further restrictions for all those choosing to comply. I thank the many doing their part. (10/13)
This is deadly serious. I ask everyone to abide by all public health measures. Albertans cannot write off symptoms as just a cold. What is a mild illness to many is deadly to some. Stay home & get tested if you have symptoms. (11/13)
Do not avoid testing because it’s inconvenient or you don’t want to get a party host in trouble. With unknown sources at current levels, there are cases we don’t know about – each is a threat to the health of others & a threat to the healthcare system. (12/13)
Alberta, we can still bend the curve. If we work together, if we live by the same rules, if we take the same precautions and if we believe in a common goal, we can slow the spread. Coming together is the only way we can. (13/13)
Edit: Please note that we have updated numbers since the avail. On Nov. 17 we identified 730 cases, and currently 312 schools are on alert or have outbreaks.…

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20 Nov
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. Over the past 24hrs we’ve identified 1,155 new cases & completed 17K+ tests. Our positivity rate sits at about 6.5% & we have 10,655 active cases. There are 310 in hospital including 58 in ICU. (1/12)
I must report 11 new deaths over the past 24 hrs. 11 Albertans are gone & their friends & families are mourning. Severe outcomes are not limited to those at the end of their lives & it is a mistake to think so. This week, 2 indv in their 30s died as a result of COVID-19. (2/12)
The avg age of COVID-19 hospitalization is dropping. About 1/4 hospitalized & 1/6 in ICU have 0 pre-existing conditions. Having a chronic condition is common, incl high blood pressure & diabetes. Almost 1/4 of Albertans 20+ have a chronic condition, 10% have 2, 8% have 3+. (3/12)
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17 Nov
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)
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14 Nov
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)
Sadly, we have also learned of 3 new deaths, bringing the provincial total to 401. My thoughts go out to the families of these individuals and anyone mourning a loved one today. (2/6)
In the days ahead, we all have a role to play in getting case numbers down to protect our health care system, keep schools and businesses open, and protect vulnerable Albertans. This is our last chance to avoid more restrictive measures. (3/6)
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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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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)
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)
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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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