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)
Of the community acquired cases, 14 were under the age of 70. This highlights that this infection can be deadly even for younger adults and underscores the importance of the measures announced today. I extend my sympathies to all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. (4/6)
The sooner we can bend the curve, slow the infection rate, & reduce the need for COVID hospital care, the sooner we can rebook the surgeries that will mean an end to pain & suffering for other Albertans. We must take action now. (5/6)
A summary of new restrictions can be found @YourAlberta. The spread of the virus, the impact on our health system & the challenges it poses to our health are serious. I believe in Albertans. We are in this together & we will get through this together. (6/6)

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26 Nov
For months, I have worked w/a team dedicated to supporting AB in responding to COVID-19. I am grateful for their commitment. My role is to provide the best advice possible to elected officials on protecting the public health of AB. I take my responsibility seriously. (2/10)
I care deeply about the health of AB. It remains my hope that AB understands & respects every conversation I have, put their health & a holistic consideration of all aspects of their health, 1st. I have always felt that my ideas are respectfully considered. (3/10)
All of us want the same thing: to protect the health of Albertans, to protect our health system, and to minimize the impact this pandemic is having on everyone’s lives. (4/10)
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25 Nov
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. In the last 24 hours, we identified 1,265 new cases & completed about 15,600 tests. Our prov positivity rate sits at about 8.1%. There are 355 people in hospital w/71 in ICU. (1/9)
Sadly, we have now reached 500 deaths from COVID-19 in Alberta. This is a tragic milestone. My sympathies go out to the loved ones and friends who are mourning these lives lost during what is a very difficult time to grieve. (2/9)
The daily rise in COVID-19 cases, as well as the growing number & extent of outbreaks in acute care facilities, continues to be concerning. We must do all we can to protect patients in our care. AHS has been & continues to take steps to increase capacity in the system. (3/9)
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23 Nov
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)
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21 Nov
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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