Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB numbers: We have identified 1,731 new cases and completed 16,567 tests. Our positivity rate is 10.3%. Over the last 24 hours, we have also identified 1,132 new VoC cases. Variants currently make up 62% of active cases in Alberta. (1/6)
There are 648 people in hospital, including 155 in ICU. Sadly, three new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours. My deepest sympathies to the friends and families of these individuals and to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. (2/6)
With the rise in COVID-19 cases, our lab system has adjusted our testing strategy to ensure sufficient capacity for general COVID-19 testing. (3/6)
Starting yesterday, and similar to other provinces, Alberta labs have shifted to a targeted representative screening approach for VoCs on positive COVID-19 test samples. (4/6)
We are continuing to conduct variant screening of populations at high risk of VoCs, including returning travellers, outbreak cases and health care workers. (5/6)
Please make safe, responsible choices and continue to follow all public health measures: no indoor gatherings, keep two metres apart and wear a mask in indoor public settings. If you develop symptoms, stay home and book a test at… (6/6)

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3 May
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: Over the last 24 hrs, we ID’d 2,012 new cases, completed about 15K+ tests & ID’d 1.9K new variant cases. Variants currently represent about 64% of our active cases. Our positivity rate stands at 13.2%. (1/9)
For the previous week, the R value for AB was 1.12, incl 0.99 in #YEG Zone, 1.16 in #YYC Zone, & 1.18 for the rest of AB. There are active alerts/outbreaks in 808 schools, which represents 33% of the schools across AB. Above 1 means growth. (2/9)
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1 May
We’re making a small update to how youth born in 2006-09 (turning 12-15) with eligible underlying health conditions in Phase 2B can book appointments for the #COVID19AB vaccine. (1/6)
As you know, these youth are eligible because their health problems put them at greater risk of severe outcomes from this virus. (2/6)
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Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB numbers: over the last 24hrs we IDd 2,007 new cases & completed 18.9K+ tests. Our positivity rate is 10.6%. 989 VoC cases were IDd, meaning 61.6% of active cases are VoCs. For more data, visit:…. (1/5)
There are 649 people in hospital, incl 152 in ICU. Sadly, 7 new deaths were reported to Alberta Health in the last 24 hours. Any death is a profound loss for those who are left to mourn. My condolences go to the friends, family and loved ones of all of these individuals. (2/5)
I must report St. Albert has reached the threshold for additional targeted restrictions - 350 cases/100K & 250 active cases. I encourage Albertans in hot spot regions to learn about & follow these new measures to help drive community cases down.… (3/5)
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29 Apr
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update: I provided this update from home as I was tested for COVID yesterday. It was negative, but as I’m still under the weather I’m staying home to be safe. It’s an inconvenience but an important part of how we all help stop spread. (1/6)
We have admin 1.52M+ vaccine doses. In the last 24hrs, we ID’d 2,048 new cases & completed about 20.5K tests. Our positivity rate is 10.1%. Over the past 24hrs, we ID’d 1.3K+ VoCs. Variants make up about 62% of active cases. There are outbreaks/alerts in 750 schools. (2/6)
There are 632 in hospital incl 151 in hospital. Sadly, 3 additional deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. As always, I extend my sympathies to all those who are grieving the loss of someone they cared about from any cause. (3/6)
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26 Apr
I would like to update you on work that’s underway to reduce #COVID19AB testing wait times in #YYC. (1/6)
Testing volumes in Calgary Zone have more than doubled in the last 4-6 weeks & we are providing 5000+ tests/day. This has resulted in some waiting 3-5 days for tests, which is too long. (2/6)
In order to address this wait time we are implementing multiple strategies to increase swabbing capacity. This includes extending hours at sites w/ the highest demand & adding staff at assessment centres & swabbing sites. (3/6)
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26 Apr
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB numbers: We have admin 1.4M doses of vaccine. Over the last 24hrs we ID’d 1,495 new cases & completed about 14.8K tests. Our positivity rate is 10.2%. We have ID’d 1,542 new VoC cases. Variants currently make up 64% of active cases. (1/4)
There are 616 people in hospital including 145 in ICU. Sadly, 7 new deaths were reported over the past 24hrs. My condolences go out to their friends and families, and to anyone mourning the loss of a loved one today. (2/4)
For a breakdown of case numbers across the province, visit… (3/4)
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