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  • #16

    Alberta adds 12 COVID-19 deaths, falls under 10K active cases for first time since mid-November
    CTV News Edmonton
    Published Friday, January 22, 2021 3:59PM MST Last Updated Friday, January 22, 2021 4:07PM MST

    EDMONTON -- Alberta's active COVID-19 case count fell below 10,000 on Friday for the first time in more than two months as the province reported 643 new cases and 12 more deaths.

    The deaths bring the number of coronavirus fatalities to 1,512. Active cases total 9,987, the lowest count since November 14.

    Hospitalizations continue a general downward trend as the number of COVID-19 patients fell by 40, to 691. The number of patients in intensive care units fell by four to 115. It's the first time the province has had fewer than 700 coronavirus patients in hospital since Dec. 7...


    • #17

      2 Albertans in their 20s among the 13 COVID-19 deaths reported Saturday
      CTV News Edmonton
      Published Saturday, January 23, 2021 4:05PM MST Last Updated Saturday, January 23, 2021 4:07PM MST

      EDMONTON -- Two Albertans in their 20s are among the 13 COVID-19 fatalities the province reported on Saturday.

      The deaths of one man and one woman both occurred in the Calgary Zone, which is significantly bigger than the city itself.

      Neither death involved any confirmed comorbidities. Fourteen people under the age of 40 have now died due to COVID-19, including seven under the age of 30.

      The province's death toll now stands at 1,525 people.

      The province reported 573 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday as active cases fell for a seventh straight day.

      Hospitalizations continue a general downward trend as the number of COVID-19 patients fell by 27, to 676. The number of patients in intensive care units fell by one to 114...


      • #18

        Alberta records 24 additional deaths and 463 new cases of COVID-19
        Outbreak at Edmonton long-term care centre claims two more lives
        CBC News · Posted: Jan 24, 2021 4:56 PM MT | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

        The death toll at an Edmonton long-term care centre climbed to 57 on Sunday, as Alberta recorded 24 more death from COVID-19, including two at the care centre, along with 463 new cases.

        Active cases fell again on Sunday to 9,511 from 9,727 total active cases across Alberta on Saturday, and new cases also fell by 110 from 573 new cases reported on Saturday.

        Hospitalizations also continued to fall, with 652 people in hospital with the illness on Sunday, including 111 in intensive care unit beds — 24 fewer than Saturday, when 676 people were in hospital with the illness including 114 in intensive care unit beds.

        On Twitter, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said the decline in active cases and hospitalizations are "encouraging signs...


        • #19


          Alberta reports 362 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations slowly fall
          Megan Devlin
          Jan 25 2021, 3:19 pm

          Alberta discovered 362 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a lower number than recent days that may be explained by a smaller number of tests processed.

          The province’s test positivity rate hovered at 5% as approximately 7,200 tests were completed.

          Another 409 historical cases were also added to Alberta’s total on Monday. These cases were discovered through point-of-care testing between December 7 and January 13, but due to a technical error they weren’t added to the province’s total count..



          COVID-19 variant may have entered the community, Alberta health minister says
          Province reports 25 additional deaths due to COVID-19 Monday
          CBC News · Posted: Jan 25, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 1 minute ago

          A variant of the COVID-19 virus known for its ease of transmission appears to have already entered the community, Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro said in a news conference Monday.

          "Let me be blunt: This now is very concerning," Shandro said.

          Alberta has found 20 cases of the variant first identified in the United Kingdom, with all but one directly linked to travel, he said.

          That one case of the B117 variant has raised concerns that there may be more cases in the province.

          There are two coronavirus variants of concern, one first identified in the U.K. and one in South Africa.

          Five cases of the variant first identified in South Africa have also been found in Alberta, all related to travel.

          The ease in which these variants spread would cause huge spikes in Alberta's COVID-19 case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths, particularly without health measures in place to slow transmission, Shandro said.

          "These variants can spread very quickly," Shandro said. "The emerging research indicates that they have a significantly higher infection rate, estimated to be 30 to 50 per cent higher than the strain that we've had in Alberta to date."...


          • #20

            Alberta reports 366 new cases, nears 100K-vaccine mark
            Alex Antoneshyn
   Digital Journalist
            Published Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:32AM MST Last Updated Tuesday, January 26, 2021 5:30PM MST

            EDMONTON -- Nearly 100,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Alberta.

            In total, 99,814 shots have been given, with some 20,000 administered to more than 10,000 Albertans who are now fully immunized.

            The province's chief medical officer of health made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, also reporting 366 new cases of the disease found in 8,300 tests.

            The province's positivity rate sits at 4.4 per cent. There are 8,652 active cases in the province.

            Dr. Deena Hinshaw also reported 14 more deaths linked to COVID-19, saying 626 people remain hospitalized due the disease. Of those, 108 are in ICUs across the province...


            • #21

              COVID-19 numbers back to early-Dec. levels, health-care system still under strain: Hinshaw
              Alex Antoneshyn
     Digital Journalist
              Published Wednesday, January 27, 2021 12:34PM MST Last Updated Wednesday, January 27, 2021 3:50PM MST

              EDMONTON -- Although more than 11,000 Albertans have been fully immunized for COVID-19 and infections and hospitalizations rates are falling, officials are warning the province's health care system is still stressed.

              In total, the province has administered more than 101,000 shots since December, Alberta's chief medical officer of health said Wednesday.

              That afternoon, Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 459 new cases of COVID-19. On Tuesday, labs had conducted some 12,800 tests, leaving Alberta with a positivity rate of 3.6 per cent.
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              Hospitalizations, too, have dropped – although Hinshaw noted not enough to significantly reduce the strain on Alberta's health care system or justify easing restrictions.

              On Dec. 30, Alberta's COVID-19 hospitalizations peaked at 943 people. Of those, 155 were in ICUs.

              On Wednesday, Hinshaw said, 604 Albertans were in hospitals with the disease, 110 of whom were in intensive care units...


              • #22

                Alberta will begin easing COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, gyms Feb. 8, premier says
                'This must be done carefully, slowly and in a way that's driven not by opinions but by data'
                CBC News · Posted: Jan 29, 2021 11:32 AM MT | Last Updated: 30 minutes ago

                Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the province will begin easing restrictions on Feb. 8 as part of a new "path forward for easing COVID-19 health restrictions, with clear benchmarks for hospitalizations."

                A detailed plan for gradually reopening businesses in the province was outlined by the premier, in which decreasing hospitalization numbers will trigger new levels of restrictions being lifted. The first businesses to benefit are restaurants and gyms.

                "It is important that we show Albertans that there is a path forward," Kenney said at a news conference Friday.

                "But this must be done carefully, slowly and in a way that's driven not by opinions but by data."

                Hospitalizations will be the key metric for easing restrictions further, he said, supplemented by daily numbers and case growth.

                "We chose hospitalizations because it's a clear indicator of health-care capacity," Kenney said. "It's also a lagging indicator, which means it gives us a better idea of how relaxations affect the health-care system."

                Daily case numbers and case growth are leading metrics that better reflect recent transmission trends, he said.

                Those statistics "will be used to guide decisions around the need to pause further relaxations, or potentially to increase restrictions if the virus once again poses a growing threat."

                If cases of COVID-19 surge again, restrictions will reimposed, he said.

                "If we start moving once again toward exponential growth like we saw in November, December, and if somehow one of these new viral variants takes hold in our community and begins to spread at rates seen in some other parts of the world, we will have to impose stronger restrictions again.

                Restaurants, gyms first up

                Under the plan, when hospitalizations decrease below 600, the province will consider easing restrictions on school-related indoor and outdoor children's sport and performance activities, indoor personal fitness places (one-on-one and by appointment only), and on restaurants, cafes and pubs.

                Currently, there are 594 people in hospital with COVID-19, with 110 of them in intensive care. That number is what is allowing Step 1 of the reopening to begin on Feb. 8...


                • #23

                  Alberta reports 383 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths
                  The province reported under 400 daily new cases three times in past seven days
                  CBC News · Posted: Jan 30, 2021 4:13 PM MT | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

                  Alberta reported 383 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday as active cases and hospitalizations dropped across the province.

                  On Saturday, Alberta reported 11 deaths from COVID-19, with eight cases linked to outbreaks at continuing and long-term care facilities. Since the outset of the pandemic, 1,631 people have died from the disease.

                  The number of people in hospital fell to 582 on Saturday, 12 fewer compared to Friday's update. There were 103 people receiving treatment in intensive care units.

                  Premier Jason Kenney said Friday the province would ease COVID-19 restrictions going forward based on hospitalization rates...


                  • #24

                    Alberta now has 51 cases of COVID-19 variants, top doctor says
                    Province reported 355 new cases on Monday and 10 more deaths.
                    CBC News · Posted: Feb 01, 2021 11:30 AM MT | Last Updated: 2 hours ago

                    Alberta now has 51 cases of COVID-19 variants, including six in three households that don't have clear links to travel, says the province's top public health doctor.

                    The remainder of those cases, which include a variant first identified in the United Kingdom and another first identified in South Africa, were all brought into the province by travellers, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said Monday at a news conference.

                    The total marks an increase since Friday of 14 such cases.

                    "With respect to the travel-related versus non-travel related, we are investigating at this point in time two other households, in addition to the one that I've spoken about before, that have a total of three cases," Hinshaw said. "So, one household with two, one household with one case at this point that are confirmed to have the variant.

                    "We just received that information earlier today and so we are doing an investigation at this point in time. We don't know a travel history, and with this new confirmed case result of these three we will be doing further investigations to determine any sources or linkages."

                    Hinshaw said the source of the infection has still not been identified in the first case found of a variant not related to travel. Investigators also have not seen any further spread outside that household, she added...


                    • #25

                      Alberta reports 268 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths
                      New fears around variant spread could see some people self-isolating for 24 days
                      CBC News · Posted: Feb 02, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 22 minutes ago

                      Alberta has changed self-isolation rules for those infected with variants of COVID-19, and in some cases people may end up in quarantine for up to 24 days, says the province's top public health doctor.

                      The province has now found 50 cases of the virus variant first identified in the United Kingdom, and seven of the variant first identified in South Africa, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said Tuesday at a news conference.

                      Hinshaw said health officials have found it can be more difficult for people with those variants to isolate away from other household members. As a result, she said, officials are making sure that any new cases or household contacts linked to cases of those variants are aware of the hotel isolation and quarantine options.

                      "If cases choose to stay home during their isolation period, their household contacts will now need to stay at home as well in quarantine, until 14 days have passed from the end of the case's isolation period, for a total of 24 days," she said.

                      "Given how easily this variant is spreading in homes, this enhancement is necessary to prevent spread in the community."

                      Alberta reported 268 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and 13 more deaths.

                      "The vast majority of these cases — all seven of the variants first identified in South Africa, and 36 of the cases of variants first identified in the U.K., are in returning travellers," Hinshaw said. "An additional six cases have been detected in close contacts of returning travellers."

                      But eight of the 57 cases, found in five different households, have no links to travel yet identified, Hinshaw said.

                      That is an increase of two cases from the day before...


                      • #26

                        Alberta's phased reopening necessary given height of second wave, top doctor says
                        Wed., February 3, 2021, 3:30 p.m.·3 min read

                        Though case numbers are declining, Alberta is taking a cautious approach to reopening because hospitals are still under strain dealing with 10 times the COVID-19 patients they saw during last spring's first wave of the pandemic, says the province's top public health doctor.

                        There are currently 539 patients being treated for the illness in hospitals, including 94 in ICU beds. That's a decline of almost 400 since the peak of 938 on Dec. 30.

                        "This a very encouraging trend, and pressure is easing on the health system that we all rely on," Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday at a news conference.

                        "At the same time, our numbers remain far higher than they were in the spring."

                        When Alberta's spring relaunch began on May 14, there were 57 people in hospital, one-tenth of the current total, Hinshaw said.

                        The 6,599 active cases reported on Wednesday is less than one-third of the peak of 21,231 seen on Dec. 13, but it's still drastically higher than what Alberta was facing in May, she said.

                        "When we relaunched in the spring, there were less than 1,000 active cases in the community," she said, "meaning that there are almost seven times the active cases today than there were at that time."

                        Alberta reported 259 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the lowest daily total in almost four months.

                        The current count of active cases is the lowest total since Nov. 1, when there were 5,980.

                        Another 11 deaths were reported on Wednesday...


                        • #27

                          Alberta reports 13 more COVID-19 deaths and 582 new cases
                          Total of 68 confirmed cases of people infected with two variants of coronavirus
                          CBC News · Posted: Feb 04, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

                          Alberta reported 13 COVID-19 deaths on Thursday and 582 new cases of the illness.

                          There are 6,588 active cases in the province, with 517 patients being treated in hospitals for the illness, including 93 in ICU beds.

                          The province has now confirmed a total of 68 cases of people infected with variants of the coronavirus that were first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

                          "We are actively reviewing the literature and experience around the globe to assess if additional measures are needed in school and other settings in the weeks ahead," Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said Thursday at a news conference.

                          "Evidence is still emerging, but we are watching closely. If we need to make changes, we will do so."

                          Laboratories conducted more than 11,500 tests over the past 24 hours, and the positivity rate was about 3.6 per cent.

                          Hinshaw said current evidence from around the world indicates that vaccines are safe and the benefit of being protected from COVID-19 outweighs the very rare risk of a minor adverse event...


                          • #28

                            78 total variant cases of COVID-19 identified in Alberta as of Friday
                            By Julia Wong & Caley Ramsay Global News
                            Posted February 5, 2021 5:42 pm
                            Updated February 5, 2021 5:49 pm

                            Alberta has now identified 78 variant cases of COVID-19 in the province, an increase of 10 from Thursday.

                            As of Friday, there were 71 cases of the B.1.1.7. variant, which was first discovered in the U.K., and seven of the N501Y.V2 variant, which was first discovered in South Africa.

                            Fifty-five of the variant cases are travel-related and 23 have not been currently linked to travel, according to Alberta Health.

                            Also Friday, the province recorded 396 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths from the disease.

                            The increase of variant cases comes as the province prepares for certain sectors of the economy to reopen on Monday: school-related children’s sports, indoor dining at restaurants and one-on-one personal training.

                            The Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association has been calling for the province to release information around the prevalence of the variants in positive samples.

                            On Friday afternoon, Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan said the department is exploring the feasibility of reporting on prevalence among samples tested...


                            • #29

                              COVID-19: 348 cases, 12 deaths in Alberta Saturday
                              Author of the article:
                              Lauren Boothby
                              Publishing date:
                              Feb 06, 2021 • 13 minutes ago • 1 minute read

                              The province reported Saturday 348 more cases of COVID-19 have been discovered.

                              Twelve more people have died from COVID-19 bringing the death toll to 1,705 since the pandemic began. There were 457 people in hospital including 84 in intensive care.

                              Dr. Deena Hinshaw wrote in a tweet of the 10,033 tests completed there was a positivity rate of 3.6 per cent. She also expressed her condolences to the families of those mourning the deaths of a loved one due to the disease, and urged Albertans to continue to take precautions.

                              “It’s important that we remain vigilant and follow public health guidance so we can continue on the path forward. Please continue to refrain from indoor social gatherings. Wear a mask when in an indoor public setting and stay home if you’re sick,” she wrote.

                              As of Saturday, there were 6,266 active cases in the province of which 1,940 were in the Edmonton Zone...


                              • #30

                                351 new COVID-19 cases reported in Alberta on Sunday
                                CTV News Edmonton
                                Published Sunday, February 7, 2021 3:55PM MST

                                EDMONTON -- Alberta reported 351 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 6,242. Four more deaths were also reported.

                                There were 6,266 active cases in the province on Saturday.

                                The Edmonton zone currently has 1,889 active cases, while the Calgary zone has 2,508.

                                Provincewide, 434 people are in hospital, down from 457 on Saturday. There are 81 people in ICU, down from 84 on Saturday...