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    Alberta reports 1,592 new cases of COVID-19, alongside 5 additional deaths
    Hospitalizations, active case numbers continue to climb
    CBC News · Posted: Apr 24, 2021 4:44 PM MT | Last Updated: 3 hours ago

    The province reported 1,592 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, and an additional five deaths.

    In the last 24 hours, 17,725 lab tests for COVID-19 were completed, with a positivity rate of around nine per cent.

    Alberta identified another 1,132 variant cases. Of the province's 19,702 active cases, just over 60 per cent are variants.

    On Saturday, there were 584 people in hospital with the illness (an increase of 35 from Friday), including 129 in intensive care unit beds.

    The five deaths additional deaths occurred on Thursday and Friday. They included four in the Calgary zone in their 50s, 60s and 70s, and a woman in her 90s in the Edmonton zone...


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      Alberta reports 1,437 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Sunday
      By Slav Kornik Global News
      Posted April 25, 2021 6:00 pm

      Alberta Health reported 1,437 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths connected to the virus on Sunday.

      The three deaths involved two men in their 70s in the Edmonton zone and a man in his 80s in the Calgary zone. All three cases included comorbidities, according to Alberta Health.

      The 1,437 new cases included 932 variant cases. The active variant case total is 12,299, which is 61.1 per cent of all active cases, the government said.

      The province had 20,136 active cases, 159,603 recoveries and 2,067 deaths as of Sunday...


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        Hospitalizations surpass 600 as Alberta adds 1,495 COVID-19 cases
        Diego Romero Senior Producer
        Published Monday, April 26, 2021 12:24PM MDT Last Updated Monday, April 26, 2021 5:20PM MDT

        EDMONTON -- Alberta added 1,495 COVID-19 cases on Monday as hospitalizations and ICU admissions continue to spike.

        The province now has 20,610 active cases, the second highest count to date, and 616 people in hospital, 145 of whom are in intensive care...


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          Alberta now has 20,721 active cases of COVID-19, second highest total ever
          Testing confirms 1,539 new cases, including 812 linked the variants of concern
          CBC News · Posted: Apr 27, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 9 minutes ago

          Alberta reported 20,721 active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the second highest total since the pandemic began more than 13 months ago.

          Testing confirmed 1,539 new cases of the illness, including 812 cases linked the variants of concern.

          Those variants now make up about 63 per cent of active cases across the province.

          Alberta hospitals are treating COVID-19 635 patients, including 143 in ICU beds.

          There is currently "an unprecedented risk of transmission" across the province, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said Tuesday at a news conference...


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            Alberta reports fifth-highest new case total Wednesday, nears record high in active cases
            CTV News Edmonton
            Published Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:27PM MDT Last Updated Wednesday, April 28, 2021 4:28PM MDT

            EDMONTON -- Alberta recorded its fifth-largest daily increase in new cases on Wednesday as the province reported 1,839 new infections.

            The jump is the largest since the one reported on Dec 3.

            Alberta's 20,938 active cases are just below the highpoint set Dec.14 near the peak of the second wave. Four of the province's 10 highest active case counts have been recorded this month, including three of the top five.

            Variants continue to drive the province's case count with 1058 new cases reported, 949 of them the B.1.1.7 variant first found in the U.K.

            Variants now make up 63 per cent of the province's active cases, and 81 Albertans have died due to a COVID-19 variant case.

            Also on Wednesday, Alberta's death toll rose by six to 2,073. There are now 643 COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals, including 145 in intensive care units.

            Test positivity remained high, with a 9.85 per cent positivity rate based on just under 19,000 tests. Alberta's daily test positivity has exceeded nine per cent every day since April 13...


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              Alberta reports more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases, more restrictions for hot spots
              Diego Romero
     Senior Producer
              Published Thursday, April 29, 2021 10:59AM MDT Last Updated Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:17PM MDT

              EDMONTON -- Alberta reported more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time in the pandemic and set a record for active cases on Thursday.

              The province is also introducing targeted restrictions in regions with a case rate of 350 per 100,000 residents and a minimum of 250 active cases. Premier Jason Kenney said that includes Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Red Deer, Grande Prairie, Airdrie, Lethbridge and Strathcona County.

              In these regions, junior and high schools students will shift to online learning starting Monday, and indoor fitness and team sports will be suspended, Kenney said.

              The restrictions will remain in place for two weeks, even if a city drops below the 350-case rate threshold during that period. They will return to the provincewide restrictions after the two weeks.

              Curfews could be enacted in regions with a case rate of 1,000 per 100,000 residents, if the municipality asks the "I hope that these measures, together with everything else that's been in place — many of those rules for months, some of them for a year — I hope that all of that will be sufficient," Kenney said. "If Albertans respond to this call for buckling down in the next few weeks, but if that's not the case, and if we continue to see current levels of case growth, then we will consider bringing forward additional restrictions.

              "And I'll say something very clearly that I've not said before: At this point, I encourage people, if they can possibly do so, to stay home."

              Thursday's 2,048 COVID-19 cases break Dec. 14's record of 1,887 infections, and 21,385 active cases break the record of 20,976 also set in mid-December.

              Alberta also set an ICU record with 151 admissions, while a total of 632 people diagnosed with COVID-19 are in hospital...


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                Alberta reports over 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 for second day in a row
                Elle McLean
                Apr 30 2021, 4:30 pm

                Alberta reported 2,007 additional COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the number of active cases in the province to 21,828.

                Of the new cases, 989 were variants of concern, which is much less than Thursday’s count of 1,329. Alberta currently has 13,440 active COVID-19 variant cases, representing nearly 62% of the province’s total active infections.

                The number of hospitalizations in the province due to the virus has increased by 17 since Thursday, to 649. This includes 152 Albertans in intensive care.

                Seven new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported over the last 24 hours, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,082.

                On Friday, April 30, the province put new regional measures in place for areas experiencing high COVID-19 case counts. This included restrictions for indoor fitness and indoor sport, performance, and recreation activities in COVID-19 hotspots.

                Additionally, beginning Monday, May 3, all grade 7 to 12 student in these areas must shift to online learning...


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                  'We're in a lot of trouble': What's happening in Alberta as it shatters multiple COVID-19 case records?
                  Jeremiah Rodriguez
                  Published Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:24PM EDT Last Updated Sunday, May 2, 2021 3:15PM EDT

                  TORONTO -- Alberta has become one of the hot spots for COVID-19 in Canada during this third wave of the pandemic.

                  The province broke its daily COVID-19 record for the third day in a row on Saturday when it reported 2,433 new infections. As of Sunday afternoon, Alberta’s test positivity rate hit 12 per cent, its highest since the pandemic started.

                  “What we're seeing right now is really uncontrolled viral growth,” Dr. Craig Jenne, infectious disease researcher and a Canada Research Chair at the University of Calgary, told CTV News Channel on Sunday.

                  “If Alberta was the size of Ontario, we'd be talking about over 8,000 cases in a single day,” Jenne said.

                  Alberta’s seven-day average for cases per 100,000 people nearly doubles that of Ontario – which is in the midst of its own troubling third wave – with 41.43 cases, according to CTV News’ COVID-19 case tracker...


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                    Alberta reports 2,012 COVID-19 cases, Kenney says more restrictions coming Tuesday
                    Adam Lachacz
           Digital Journalist
                    Published Monday, May 3, 2021 4:48PM MDT Last Updated Monday, May 3, 2021 7:02PM MDT

                    EDMONTON -- Premier Jason Kenney pleaded for Albertans to follow the COVID-19 public health restrictions in place as the province reported 2,012 new cases on Monday, including 1,900 variant infections.

                    There are now 23,608 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta – the highest amount of total infections in the province throughout the pandemic.

                    Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said the province completed about 15,000 tests Monday, bringing the positivity rate to 13.2 per cent – another pandemic high.

                    There are now 658 Albertans in hospital, an increase from 648 on Sunday. ICU admissions were at 154 people in the province...


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                      Alberta adds 1,743 COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths
                      Diego Romero
             Senior Producer
                      Published Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:51PM MDT Last Updated Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:55PM MDT

                      EDMONTON -- Alberta reported 1,743 COVID-19 cases and a positivity rate of 12.4 per cent on Tuesday.

                      Nine more Albertans died as a result of the disease, raising the death toll to 2,099 since the pandemic began.

                      There are 671 people in hospital with coronavirus, 150 of whom are in ICU.

                      Alberta also added 876 variant cases, including 151 of the P.1 strain first detected in Brazil...


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                        Alberta to begin mass immunization with 12+, Kenney says 'no tools left' to pull out of COVID-19 spike
                        Alex Antoneshyn
               Digital Journalist
                        Published Wednesday, May 5, 2021 6:58AM MDT Last Updated Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:46PM MDT

                        EDMONTON -- Within a week, all Albertans aged 12 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

                        The province was the first in Canada to announce Wednesday morning it was lowering the age of eligibility to teenaged residents.

                        Albertans born in 1991 or earlier will become eligible Thursday, May 6.

                        Then, booking will open Monday, May 10, to Albertans born between 1992 and 2009.

                        Health Canada cleared children 12 and older for the Pfizer vaccine earlier Wednesday morning.

                        ?"This is a major milestone in our vaccine rollout, and it comes right when we need it most," Premier Jason Kenney said.

                        Alberta's opening up of age eligibility comes as the province tightens restrictions in an attempt to curb a fast-moving third wave of COVID-19 and variant infections. The premier announced during the Tuesday supper hour his province would move all schools online, close patio dining, limit outdoor gatherings to five people, and help law enforcement agencies work together better in addressing public health order repeat offenders.

                        He called the moves necessary to "prevent disaster from unfolding in our hospitals," and repeated the urgency on Wednesday.

                        According to the latest data, there are 671 Albertans in hospital with coronavirus, 150 of whom are in ICUs. In total, there are 226 Albertans in ICUs -- more than the system had room for before the pandemic. Alberta Health Services can increase the number of staffed ICU beds to 425, but not without reducing surgeries and other care services, which already have been reduced by 30 per cent in some health zones.

                        And, Alberta's active case count has been growing by an average of 1.8 per cent. If the trend were to continue, Alberta could see 30,000 active cases by the middle of May, and 40,000 active cases before June, according to government data.

                        "We have no tools left, no tools left to prevent a worst-case scenario in the health-care system apart from these additional measures that we've taken," Kenney told reporters...


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                          Alberta reports 2,211 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths
                          100,000 vaccine appointments booked in less than five hours Thursday, premier says
                          CBC News · Posted: May 06, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 8 minutes ago

                          Alberta reported 2,211 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday but no more deaths from the illness.

                          There are now 24,497 active cases across the province, the highest total since the pandemic began in March 2020.

                          Alberta continues to have the highest active-case rate in Canada.

                          "We don't yet know if we have hit the peak of new cases," Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said Thursday at a news conference.

                          The provincial R-value of 1.12 last week shows that cases are continuing to grow, Hinshaw said.

                          On Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney tightened public health restrictions in a bid to slow the spread.

                          Implementing those new measures was "critical," Hinshaw said, since the spread of the illness and the risk of being infected both remain extremely high...


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                            Alberta reports 1,980 COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths
                            Diego Romero
                   Senior Producer
                            Published Friday, May 7, 2021 4:12PM MDT

                            EDMONTON -- Alberta is reporting 1,980 COVID-19 cases on Friday after nearly 19,000 tests.

                            Out of the 24,860 active cases provincewide, 10,859 are in the Calgary zone and 5,969 in the Edmonton zone.

                            Alberta identified another 479 variant infections on Friday.

                            The provincehas reported 2,106 deaths due to COVID-19 since March 2020 after four more deaths were announced on Friday.

                            There are 659 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19 including 150 in intensive case.

                            Nearly 1.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered as of May 6, when a one-day high of 57,716 Albertans received a shot...


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                              COVID-19 in Alberta: 2,042 new cases reported, province has over 25K active cases
                              Adam Lachacz
                     Digital Journalist
                              Published Saturday, May 8, 2021 4:13PM MDT

                              EDMONTON -- The total number of active cases in Alberta is growing as the third wave continues to spike.

                              In a limited update delivered Saturday on Twitter, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province completed over 18,800 tests and identified another 2,042 infections – the fifth highest amount of cases reported in one day since the pandemic began.

                              The province’s positivity rate is now 11 per cent after it spiked at 13.2 per cent on May 2.

                              There are now 661 people in hospital, including 148 in ICU.

                              The Calgary and Edmonton zones lead hospitalizations with 241 and 238 people, respectively.

                              The North zone has 93 hospitalizations while the Central zone has 55 and the South zone has 34.

                              Both Edmonton and Calgary zones have 57 people in ICU while the North zone has 18. The Central and South zone have nine and seven people in ICU, respectively.

                              Two additional Albertans died from COVID-19, raising the province’s total number of deaths to 2,108 people.

                              Over 1.53 million Albertans have received one vaccine dose while approximately 314,504 people are fully immunized – roughly 6.9 per cent...


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                                Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Sunday, May 9
                                Alberta reported 1,633 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and two more deaths from the illness.
                                CBC News · Posted: May 09, 2021 10:00 AM MT | Last Updated: 8 minutes ago

                                The latest COVID-19 numbers:

                                Alberta reported 1,633 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and two more deaths from the illness.
                                Across the province there are now 25,197 active cases, which is the highest active-case tally in Canada.
                                The testing positivity rate is 10.5 per cent.
                                The province has the highest active case rate in Canada and the United States, with 569 active cases per 100,000 people — more than double the case rate of Ontario, the next-highest province, which is 223.
                                There are now 668 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 155 people in intensive care.
                                Alberta's death toll increased by two for a total of 2,110 deaths.
                                The latest R-value reported for the province was 1.12, significantly higher than last week's R-value of 1.04, meaning the virus is spreading to more people for each confirmed case.
                                181,483 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
                                Currently, 857 schools, about 33 per cent of all schools in Alberta, are on alert or have outbreaks. In-school transmission is believed to have occurred in 729 schools.
                                Because of an increase in the number of Albertans in the Calgary zone requesting a COVID-19 test, it may take three to five days from the time someone makes a request to when testing occurs, AHS said last week.
                                Alberta is cutting back scheduled surgeries in its two major cities and the northern part of the province to make room for a possible influx of COVID-19 hospitalizations...