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    Alberta reports 46 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday
    Laine Mitchell
    Jul 14 2021, 2:53 pm

    Alberta reported 46 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as active cases in the province dipped to 569.

    There are 113 Albertans in hospital being treated for the virus, an increase of one since Tuesday. This includes 33 in intensive care.

    One new death caused by COVID-19 was reported, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,311...


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      COVID-19 in Alberta: 578 active cases as province reports 53 infections
      Adam Lachacz Digital Journalist
      Published Thursday, July 15, 2021 4:11PM MDT

      EDMONTON -- Fifty-three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alberta on Thursday after 6,216 tests were completed.

      There are now 578 active cases. The Calgary zone makes up 50 per cent of active cases with 291 while the Edmonton zone has 118. The North zone has 100 active infections while the Central and South zone have 44 and 23, respectively. There are two cases with an unknown zone of origin.

      The seven-day average for new cases in Alberta is 41 and the provincial positivity rate is 0.85 per cent...


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        Alberta reports 41 new COVID-19 cases as active infections stabilize
        Laine Mitchell
        Jul 16 2021, 2:43 pm

        Alberta reported 41 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as active infections in the province stabilized.

        The active case total rose to 579, an increase of one since Thursday.

        There are 110 Albertans in hospital being treated for the virus, an increase of three since Thursday. This includes 28 in intensive care, a decrease of three since Thursday...


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          Alberta reports 130 new COVID-19 cases since Friday
          Laine Mitchell
          Jul 19 2021, 2:45 pm

          Alberta reported 130 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, as the province released the first numbers since Friday afternoon.

          Forty-nine cases were confirmed on July 16, 43 on July 17 and 38 on July 18.

          The active case total rose to 605, an increase of 26 since Friday.

          There are 100 Albertans in hospital being treated for the virus, a decrease of 10 since Friday. This includes 27 in intensive care, a decrease of one since Friday.

          Since the last update on Friday, there have been two new deaths caused by COVID-19 reported, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,316...


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            ...The latest COVID-19 numbers
            • Alberta reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
            • There have been two more deaths. A total of 2,318 Albertans have died.
            • The rate at which COVID-19 cases spread from one person to the next is once again rising in in the province. As of last week, Alberta's province-wide R-value was 0.84, with a confidence interval of 0.74 to 0.94. It was even higher in Edmonton, at 0.97 with a confidence interval pushing the city's R-value potentially over one.
            • Public health officials have reported the first cases of the C.37 coronavirus variant in Alberta — also known as the lambda variant. Both were travel-related.
            • There are 606 active COVID cases, which is up by one from the previous day, and the test positivity rate is 1.4 per cent.
            • There are 98 people with COVID in hospitals in Alberta. Of those, 27 are in intensive care units.
            • 229,951 Albertansare considered to have recovered from COVID-19...


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              Alberta reports 80 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday
              Laine Mitchell
              |Jul 21 2021, 2:45 pm

              Alberta reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as active cases in the province jumped by more than 40.

              The active case total rose to 6, an increase of 43 since Tuesday.

              There are 95 Albertans in hospital being treated for the virus, a decrease of three since Tuesday. This includes 27 in intensive care...


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                Alberta reports 106 new COVID-19 cases, first doses reach 75 per cent
                CTV News Edmonton
                Published Thursday, July 22, 2021 3:56PM MDT

                EDMONTON -- Alberta reported 106 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths on Thursday.

                Active cases increased by 27 to a total of 676 and the death toll grew to 2,320.

                There are 93 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, including the 26 patients in ICU...


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                  COVID-19 in Alberta: New cases, test positivity trending in wrong directions
                  CTV News Edmonton
                  Published Monday, July 26, 2021 12:46PM MDT

                  EDMONTON -- After weeks of declining case counts and low test positivity, leading indicators of the pandemic over the last week show Alberta's COVID-19 situation could soon worsen.

                  Nearly a month after removing virtually all public health restrictions, COVID-19 case counts in Alberta have started to rise after declining for weeks.

                  On Friday, the province reported 173 new cases after removing dozens of cases from December that were entered more than once in error. The increase was the largest since June 11.

                  Alberta has exceeded 60 new daily cases the last four straight days after doing so just once during the rest of July.

                  Test positivity -- the ratio of positive results to total tests -- is also showing signs that more cases could soon be coming.

                  Between Tuesday and Friday, the test positivity has exceeded 1 per cent after falling below that mark for 15 consecutive days. The value has also risen each of the last five straight days...


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                    Active cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Alberta, as 134 new cases reported Tuesday
                    By Caley Ramsay & Morgan Black Global News
                    Posted July 27, 2021 5:58 pm
                    Updated July 27, 2021 7:24 pm

                    The number of active COVID-19 cases in Alberta continues to increase, up to 1,173 active cases Tuesday from 1,083 a day earlier.

                    Alberta reported 134 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, from 5,428 tests. The province’s seven-day average positivity rate is 1.99 per cent.

                    Of the 1,173 active cases, 725 are in the Calgary zone, 211 are in the Edmonton zone, 92 are in the South zone, 80 are in the North zone, 63 are in the Central zone and two are in an unknown zone.

                    There are 82 people in hospital with COVID-19, with 21 of them in intensive care.

                    Three additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the province’s death toll from the disease to 2,325


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                      Alberta reports 194 new cases of COVID-19
                      Hospitalizations increased by two since Tuesday to 84
                      CBC News · Posted: Jul 28, 2021 11:52 AM MT | Last Updated: 5 hours ago

                      Alberta public health officials are reporting 194 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

                      Most of those cases are people who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, who spoke publicly for the first time in nearly a month.

                      Hospitalizations increased by two since Tuesday to 84. But there are 18 Albertans in the intensive care unit — a decrease of three since Tuesday's update.

                      There were about 7,100 tests conducted Tuesday and Alberta's test-positivity rate is 2.9 per cent.

                      Recent rising case counts has created anxiety for some, given officials have been tracking the number of cases for over 16 months and enacted public health measures accordingly, said Hinshaw.

                      But the threat of the illness is different than it has been, as vaccines reduce the potential for severe outcomes and strain on the health-care system, she said.

                      Of Albertans aged 12 and up, 75.6 per cent have received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 64.3 per cent have received both doses, according to a news release issued by the Alberta government...



                      COVID-19 spreading faster in Alberta than during peak of 3rd wave
                      R-value is 1.48, higher than in spring when more than 1,500 cases were reported daily
                      Sarah Rieger · CBC News · Posted: Jul 28, 2021 2:00 AM MT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago

                      Health and infectious disease experts say the rate at which COVID-19 cases are growing in Alberta is alarming, as it spreads faster than during the height of the pandemic's third wave.

                      The R-value, which represents the number of people infected by each infected person, was 1.48 (with a confidence interval of 1.38-1.59) in Alberta as of Sunday, according to Alberta Health.

                      That number — which has doubled in recent weeks — means 100 people with the virus will spread it to 148 others.

                      "The current R-value provincewide is one of the highest we've seen throughout the pandemic. So although the numbers are low today, the rate of viral spread is really as fast as we've seen at any other point during the pandemic," said Craig Jenne, an immunologist and microbiologist at the University of Calgary.

                      "This really is the foundation for what everybody refers to as exponential growth … it is definitely laying the potential and the groundwork for a large surge of viral cases in the coming weeks."...


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                        COVID-19 in Alberta: Hospitalizations rise as 231 new infections reported
                        CTV News Edmonton
                        Published Thursday, July 29, 2021 4:18PM MDT Last Updated Thursday, July 29, 2021 7:21PM MDT

                        EDMONTON -- The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Alberta grew for a fourth straight day on Thursday as the province reported 233 new infections.

                        It's the second straight day Alberta has reported more than 200 new infections as active cases rose to 1,520.

                        There are 89 COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, an increase of nine over the past five days. Twenty patients are receiving care in intensive care units.

                        There were no new deaths reported Thursday, leaving the province's death toll at 2,325. The last Albertan to die due to COVD-19 was on July 23...


                        • Jul 28, 2021

                          Adapting COVID-19 measures to support Albertans | Adapter les mesures liées à la COVID-19 pour aider les Albertains

                          With strong vaccine uptake, Alberta will gradually bring COVID-19 measures in line with other respiratory viruses to ensure health system capacity for the fall.

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                          Nearly 75.6 per cent of eligible Albertans have now received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 64.3 per cent are fully immunized. Vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of severe outcomes and the risk of infection. While COVID-19 cases may rise in the coming months, a surge of hospitalizations and other severe outcomes is much less likely thanks to vaccines.

                          In the coming weeks, Alberta’s health system will take steps to make sure that it is ready to support all patients, including those with COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses, like influenza, which health officials expect to increase this year.

                          As a part of this, Alberta will bring COVID-19 quarantine, isolation, and other measures in line with those used for influenza and other viruses.

                          Testing for severe cases, provincial monitoring, outbreak management in high-risk settings, and other key measures will remain in place. Health officials will be able to adapt as needed if hospitalizations due to COVID-19 spike in the future.

                          “Our health system will keep protecting Albertans who are exposed to COVID-19 while also ensuring that we are able to handle all other viruses and illnesses. As the majority of us are vaccinated against COVID-19, we are adapting to make sure that the health system is ready to care for all Albertans, whatever their illness. Please get vaccinated to help protect your health and the health of those around you.”

                          Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

                          “Our top priority is supporting the health of Albertans. COVID-19 is still with us but we are now in a place where we need to manage it through vaccinations and the proven public health measures used for other communicable viruses. We expect to see increased influenza and other viruses this year, and these changes will make sure the health system is ready and able to support all Albertans in the months ahead.”

                          Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health

                          A two-phase transition will be used to safely monitor the impact of the initial changes, adapt as needed over the next few weeks, and give more time to vaccinate Albertans.

                          The following changes will be effective July 29:
                          • Quarantine for close contacts will shift from mandatory to recommended. Isolation for anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and for confirmed positive cases is still required.
                            • Unimmunized individuals who know they have been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms and seek testing if they become symptomatic.
                            • Anyone who is not fully immunized should avoid high-risk locations such as continuing care facilities and crowded indoor spaces if they have been in contact with a case in the past 14 days.
                          • All positive cases will continue to be notified. Contact tracers will no longer notify close contacts of exposure. Individuals are asked to inform their close contacts when informed of their positive result.
                          • Contact tracers will continue to investigate cases that are in high-risk settings such as acute and continuing care facilities.
                          • Outbreak management and identification will focus on high-risk locations, including continuing and acute care facilities and high-risk workplaces. Community outbreaks with a surge in cases leading to severe outcomes will also be addressed as needed.
                          • Asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended. Testing will continue to be available for individuals who are symptomatic.
                          • Mandatory masking remains in acute and continuing care facilities, publicly accessible transit, taxis and ride-share.

                          The following changes will take effect on Aug. 16:
                          • Provincial mandatory masking orders will be lifted. Some masking in acute care or continuing care facilities may still be required.
                          • Isolation following a positive COVID-19 test result will no longer be required, but strongly recommended.
                            • Individuals with symptoms of any respiratory infection should still remain at home until symptoms have resolved.
                            • Staying home when sick remains an important way to care for those around us by not passing on any infection.
                          • Isolation hotels and quarantine support will no longer be available.
                          • Testing will be available for Albertans with symptoms when it is needed to help direct patient care decisions.
                            • This testing will be available through assessment centres until Aug. 31 and, after that, will be in primary care settings including physicians’ offices. For those with severe illness requiring urgent or emergency care, testing will be available in acute care and hospital settings.
                            • COVID-19 testing will also be offered as needed in high-risk outbreaks such as in continuing care facilities.
                          • Public health will focus on investigating severe cases that require hospitalization and any deaths due to COVID-19.
                          • Outbreak management and preventative measures will continue focusing on outbreaks in high-risk settings, such as continuing and acute care facilities.
                            • Community outbreaks will continue to be addressed as needed.
                            • Daycares and schools will be supported with measures that would be effective for any respiratory virus if outbreaks are identified.

                          Health officials will continue to closely monitor hospitalizations and other severe outcomes due to COVID-19 in the province. Additional measures will be taken, as needed, in specific facilities or areas where an outbreak is occurring leading to severe outcomes.

                          Universal masking will not be required in schools once students return. However, it is recommended as a temporary outbreak intervention in response to respiratory outbreaks. A guidance document to support return to schools is being finalized and will be released in mid-August.

                          A wastewater baseline testing program will also be launched to provide area trend information and monitor variants of concern. More details will be released in the coming weeks.

                          Get fully vaccinated

                          Albertans are encouraged to continue booking appointments for first and second doses to ensure full effectiveness and long-lasting protection.

                          Anyone who has not yet booked their vaccine can do so by visiting to find available appointments with AHS or participating pharmacies across the province. Select locations are offering walk-in clinics for first doses.

                          Alberta is providing an extra incentive to Albertans who are vaccinated through its Open for Summer Lottery. To register and for complete details, visit

                          "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
                          -Nelson Mandela


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                            COVID-19 in Alberta: New cases continue to rise but hospitalizations holding steady
                            CTV News Edmonton
                            Published Tuesday, August 3, 2021 4:07PM MDT

                            EDMONTON -- Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 remained relatively stable in Alberta Tuesday even as the province recorded more than 700 new cases over the past four days.

                            Tuesday's update included data for the four days from Friday to yesterday's holiday Monday.

                            Alberta recorded 743 new cases over that stretch but the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital and intensive care units changed only slightly over that time.

                            There are 90 COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, a decrease of one since Friday. Twenty-three patients are receiving care in intensive care units, four more than four days ago...


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                              Alberta reports 206 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths
                              Active cases up to 2,282 — the highest in the country behind British Columbia (1,764) and Ontario (1,690)
                              CBC News · Posted: Aug 04, 2021 4:22 PM MT | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

                              Alberta reported 206 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, as the province's Canada-leading active case number continues to grow.

                              The new cases were detected through 5,429 tests, with a test-positivity rate of 3.83 per cent.

                              There are now 2,282 active cases — an increase of 106 from the previous day — with more than half located in the Calgary health zone. Just two weeks prior (July 20) there were 634 active cases, according to Alberta Health.

                              Here's how active cases break down regionally:

                              Calgary zone: 1,292
                              Edmonton zone: 416
                              South zone: 230
                              North zone: 202
                              Central zone: 139
                              Unknown: 3

                              Hospitalizations from COVID-19 rose by seven from the previous day. There are now 97 people being treated in hospital for COVID-19, including 23 in intensive care beds.

                              No new deaths from COVID-19 were reported Wednesday, leaving the provincial total unchanged at 2,328.

                              The province reported an abnormally high number of cases of coronavirus variants of concern on Wednesday: 823.

                              "This is a net number from existing cases that occurred over the past few days and is by no means indicative of a one-day increase," wrote Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, on Twitter...


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                                ICU, hospital numbers climb slightly as Alberta confirms 397 cases of COVID-19 Thursday
                                By Kirby Bourne 630CHED
                                Posted August 5, 2021 5:56 pm
                                Updated August 5, 2021 5:57 pm

                                Alberta confirmed 397 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as the number of people in hospital and the ICU with the novel coronavirus climbed slightly.

                                As of Thursday afternoon, there were 102 people in hospital receiving care for COVID-19 and 24 of those people were in the ICU.

                                There were 2,526 active cases across the province, up from 2,282 on Wednesday. As has been the case for weeks, the majority of those were in the Calgary zone with 1,351.

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                                There were 469 active cases in the Edmonton zone; the Central zone had 157 active cases; there were 282 reported in the south zone and 262 in the North zone.

                                There were five active cases not affiliated with a specific zone...