Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: Over the last 24 hrs we have identified 639 new cases of COVID-19 & and completed about 9,800 tests. Our positivity rate is at 6.1%. There are 811 people in hospital, incl 130 in ICU. (1/8)
Sadly, 23 new deaths were reported. My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of these individuals. We will resume reporting on school cases later this week. Our overall numbers underline the importance of the immunization program that is underway. (2/8)
Canada has one of the most robust regulatory systems for new vaccines in the world. Clinical trials with tens of thousands of participants from multiple countries found no safety concerns w/ the vaccines we are administering. We are not taking that for granted. (3/8)
We are working closely w/ the Public Health Agency of Canada to monitor for adverse events & ensure that we are able to detect them immediately. Of 46K+ doses administered so far, we have reported 7 adverse events. And those were not necessarily caused by the vaccine. (4/8)
Of those events, most were minor: swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, or rash. 3 involved an allergic reaction, none of which were anaphylactic. In these cases, 2nd doses would be deferred until an allergy assessment determines whether a second dose is safe. (5/8)
Allergic reactions can happen with any medication, vaccine, or food. Being ready to respond to reaction is a critical part of every immunization program & is why anyone who gets the COVID-19 vaccine is asked to stay under medical observation for a short time afterwards. (6/8)
We will continue to closely monitor/report adverse events. What we have seen is consistent w/ what was reported in the vaccine trials. It is common to see side effects like fever or muscle aches after the vaccine, a sign that the immune system is building antibodies. (7/8)
The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the risks. This vaccine will save lives, and I commend the many dedicated health care workers who are leading this work across the province (8/8)

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10 Jan
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: over the last 24 hours we have identified 811 new cases and completed 12,302 tests, giving a positivity rate of 6.4%. (1of4)
Currently, there are 794 hospitalizations, with 128 in intensive care. Sadly, 12 new deaths were reported over the last day. My thoughts are with everyone mourning a loved one right now. (2of4)
As of yesterday, 44,994 doses of vaccine have been administered across the province, giving a rate of 1,017.5 doses per 100,000 as we continue to ramp up immunization efforts. (3of4)
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Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: Over the last 24 hrs we have identified 968 new cases & completed about 14.8K tests. Our positivity rate is about 6.4%. There are 871 people in hospital, incl 139 in ICU. Sadly, 24 new deaths were reported. (1/8)
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We still average well over 1,000 new cases daily. Lower than the 1,877 on Dec. 7, but still too high. There are now more than 13K active cases in AB, down from Dec. 13 when there were more than 21,000 cases, but still far from the 1K-2K cases through summer/early fall. (3/8)
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6 Jan
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: Over the last 24 hrs we have identified 1,123 new cases & completed about 16.1K tests. Our positivity rate is about 6.9%. (1/4)
There are 911 people in hospital, including 141 in ICU. Sadly, 25 new deaths were reported over the past 24hrs. My condolences go to the families, friends & anyone mourning the loss of a loved one today. (2/4)
We must remain focused on our common goal of protecting one another & our healthcare system. Continue following the public health measures that are in place. They are the roadmap to help guide us safely to the other side of this pandemic. (3/4)
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5 Jan
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: Over the last 24 hrs we have identified 843 new cases & completed about 10.3K tests. Our positivity rate is about 8.2%. (1/6)
Our healthcare system is under significant pressure with 919 ppl in hospital, incl 140 in ICU. Sadly, 26 new deaths were reported. My condolences go to their family, friends & anyone mourning the loss of a loved one. (2/6)
Over the last year, this virus has tested all of us. This is a new year, but we still have a stretch of hard road before us. COVID-19 is still here, and still threatens our health system & the well-being of our friends, family and neighbours. (3/6)
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5 Jan
We are working hard to immunize Albertans as quickly & safely as possible. @shandro and I have issued a statement clarifying some misinformation that’s circulating. (1/5)…
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Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB numbers. Over the past 24 hrs, 1,128 new cases were reported & 11.9K tests were completed. This brings our total number of tests to 2,847,016. Currently, there are 13,839 active cases across Alberta. (1/5)
On Jan. 2, 459 new cases were ID’d & 8.1K tests completed. 30 deaths were reported. On Jan. 1, 933 new cases were ID’d, 12.7K tests completed & 12 deaths were reported. On Dec. 31, we ID’d 1,361 new cases, conducted 16K tests & 10 deaths were reported. (2/5)
On Dec 30, we ID’d 1,226 new cases, completed 16.8K tests & 17 deaths were reported. There are currently 905 people in hospital w/ 136 in ICU. I’m sad to report 27 more deaths reported to us on Jan.3, I extend my condolences to families & friends mourning a loved one. (3/5)
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