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Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Account run by staff, providing public health updates on COVID-19. Essential info: https://t.co/Hq1t7pOpwT
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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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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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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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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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6 Nov
We have encountered a technical issue in the reporting system, so we will be unable to provide detailed #COVID19AB case numbers today. This has not impacted our ability to identify & follow up on new cases, only our daily dashboard. (1/14)
As part of our usual quality assurance process, the team discovered some internal discrepancies that needed to be addressed so I could feel comfortable we were presenting data as accurately as possible. Tomorrow, we will provide a detailed update for both days. (2/14)
I can tell you that about 800 new cases were identified in the last 24 hours. (3/14)
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3 Nov
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. I would like to acknowledge all of the healthcare workers across AB supporting our pandemic response. Behind every case is a long list of people working very hard. I hope you know your work is making a difference. Thank you. (1/12)
We underwent a system upgrade over the weekend & were unable to share numbers yesterday. Thank you for your patience. Over the last 4 days, we averaged 567 new cases/day. This is a large & troubling number. On Fri. we IDd 581 new cases & conducted 13,100+ tests. (2/12)
On Sat. we completed 13K+ tests & IDd 525 new cases. Sun. we diagnosed 592 cases & had almost 11,300 tests. Yesterday, we conducted 8,400+ tests and IDd 570 new cases. Our positivity rate has risen to 6.8% & almost 9% in #YEG. There are 167 people in hospital w/27 in ICU. (3/12)
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29 Oct
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. More than 21,800 people have recovered from COVID-19. In the last 24 hrs we have ID’d 477 cases & conducted more than 12K tests. 130 people are in hospital, including 18 in ICU. We are monitoring hospital capacity closely. (1/10)
I must also report 5 new deaths. Every death, caused by COVID-19 or something else, is a terrible loss for those who loved that person. I offer my heartfelt condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one to COVID or any other illness during these difficult months. (2/10)
There are active alerts or outbreaks in 249 schools, with 730 cases total. This includes 111 schools on outbreak including 45 on the watch list. So far, in-school transmission has likely occurred in 87 schools. Of these, 48 have seen only 1 new case occur as a result. (3/10)
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26 Oct
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. We have crossed a tipping point in managing spread & we’re losing the balance we’ve been seeking. COVID-19 hospitalization growth is not above our trigger point of 5% but we must address the situation we are in now. (1/11)
This weekend’s #s tell the story. We ID’d, on average, 480 cases/day over the weekend. Fri saw 364 cases w/16K+ tests conducted. We ID’d 572 new cases Sat & completed 17K tests. Yesterday had 504 cases & almost 12,700 tests. 118 people are in hospital, incl 16 in ICU. (2/11)
Sadly, I must report 7 more deaths. Many are struggling with the loss of loved ones, from COVID-19 or other causes. We must change the trend of COVID-19 spread to prevent more losses & growth in hospitals & ICU. (3/11)
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20 Oct
Here is a summary of today’s #COVID19AB update. 19,500 Albertans have now recovered, almost 850 more since Friday. We completed 13K+ tests in the last 24 hours and identified 323 new cases. Our provincial positivity rate was about 2.5%. (1/10)
116 people are in hospital incl 16 in ICU. Our compounded daily COVID-19 hospitalization rise is 3.1%; 5% is our trigger threshold. The rise appears to be driven by a # of factors incl an increase in case counts & hospital outbreaks. 23% of COVID-19 ICU beds are in use. (2/10)
I am sad to report 1 new death. We’ve lost many Albertans to many different causes since the pandemic began. Each was a person – not a number. All of us who know someone grieving a loss can reach out & offer support. It is 1 of many ways each 1 of us can make a difference. (3/10)
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31 Aug
I’ve heard criticism that Order 33-2020 was issued over the weekend. This timing was not to hide information from Albertans but to ensure school authorities knew about the order before it came into effect today (August 31). (1/8) open.alberta.ca/publications/c…
However, I understand the concerns, especially as we move forward quickly to ensure accurate information for Albertans. Effective immediately, my goal will be to post new orders Monday through Thursday and I will share when they have been posted via social media. (2/8)
My team and I continue to work closely with school authorities to provide accurate information and evidence to support the back to school experience for children, parents, teachers and administrators. (3/8)
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4 Aug
Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 9,754 Albertans have recovered. The active number of cases has risen to 1,191. We continue to identify high numbers of new cases: 97 on Friday, 67 on Saturday, 74 on Sunday and 65 on Monday from more than 34,000 tests. (1/7)
Sadly, I must also report five additional deaths since Friday, including three at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre. My sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones & sympathies to those who have suffered severe complications. (2/7)
One frequent question is why we closed classes in the spring, when there were fewer active cases, but are resuming in-person classes now. We now know much more about this virus. (3/7)
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30 Jul
Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. 9,100+ Albertans have recovered. We’ve conducted 8,700 tests in the last 24hrs & identified 113 new cases. 91 people are in hospital, 18 in ICUs. To date, more than 676,000 tests have been performed on 566,000 people. (1/9)
Sadly I must report 5 new deaths, all at the Good Samaritan Southgate Care Centre. This is a stark example of the devastation this virus can cause. I offer my condolences to the families & friends of these individuals & to all who have lost loved ones during this time. (2/9)
We continue to expand & improve testing capacity. AHS is deploying more staff to assessment centres, extending hours to meet demand and hiring more staff for the fall. (3/9)
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23 Jul
Here is a summary thread of today’s #COVID19AB update. More than 8,500 Albertans have recovered. 106 people are hospitalized with 21 in ICUs. There are 114 new cases out of about 8,200 new tests. Two more Albertans have died. I extend my condolences. (1/9)
Our acute care use is approaching the highest number of admissions on any 1 day we’ve had – 113 overall admissions on April 30 and 23 ICU admissions on May 1. This needs to be a wake up call. I am very concerned by these numbers. (2/9)
On July 9, we had 590 active cases - today nearly 1,300. 7 Albertans were in ICU 2 weeks ago, now we have triple that. 24 in hospital are under the age of 60, including 7 between 20-39. While younger people have a lower risk of severe outcomes, that does not mean 0 risk. (3/9)
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