Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. With significant cases over the past several weeks, despite AHS’ efforts to recruit & train contact tracers & make calls only to contact in high-priority settings, the team has been unable to keep up with demand. (1/8)
Effective Tuesday, if 10 days have passed since an Albertan received their + test result, AHS will not call these individuals to conduct case investigation & contact tracing. Instead they will receive a text w/guidance on if & when their isolation period has ended. (2/8)
We IDd 1,549 new cases yesterday & completed approx 19,500 tests - about 8% positivity rate. 328 ppl are in hospital incl 62 in ICU. There are currently active alerts or outbreaks in 304 schools. In-school transmission has occurred 182 times, 99 had only 1 new case result. (3/8)
I must report 5 new deaths. I have now reported 476 deaths from COVID-19, a reminder of this virus’s deadly potential & further proof that we must take steps to reduce community transmission. We have reached a precarious point. (4/8)
Last Mon, we announced 860 new cases, on Sun we announced 1,584. Fatalities, hospitalizations & ICU admissions continue to rise. This is impacting care for those suffering from both COVID-19 & a wide range of other health needs. (5/8)
This is like a snowball rolling down the hill, growing bigger & faster & will continue unless we implement strong measures to stop it. We must take action. Waiting any longer will impact our ability to care for Albertans in the weeks & months ahead. (6/8)
As CMOH, my role is to provide advice to gov. on how to protect the health of Albertans. Today, I will meet w/the Priorities Implementation Committee of Cabinet to discuss & finalize a series of new measures. Based on their decisions, we’ll provide a detailed update Tues. (7/8)
To everyone in AB, I need your help & we all need to work together. If you can adapt your life to reduce the amount of time that you spend interacting w/others, do it now. We need to reduce social & cohort interactions. This is a challenging time but we are strong together. (8/8)

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25 Nov
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB numbers. In the last 24hrs we identified 1,115 new cases & completed about 13,500 tests. Our prov. positivity rate sits at over 8%. There are 348 people in hospital w/66 in ICU. (1/6)
There are active alerts or outbreaks in 318 schools. These schools have 1,135 active cases. 181 schools have outbreaks w/65 on the watch list. (2/6)
Sadly, I must report 16 new deaths from COVID-19. In the last 2 weeks alone, we have lost 103 people to COVID – 62 were in continuing care, 12 were linked to acute care outbreaks & 29 were in the community. (3/6)
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Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. We have identified 1,336 new cases with 11,274 active cases across AB. There are currently 320 ppl in hospital with 56 ppl in ICU. (1/4)
On Nov. 20, 19,239 tests were completed bringing the total # of tests to 2,088,614. 1,403,302 people have been tested. (2/4)
Sadly, we have also learned of 9 new deaths, bringing the provincial total to 471. My thoughts go out to the families of these individuals and anyone mourning a loved one today. (3/4)
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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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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)
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)
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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)
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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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