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    Alberta reports 5,107 COVID-19 cases, 96 deaths since Dec. 30
    Diego Romero Digital Journalist
    Published Monday, January 4, 2021 4:35PM MST

    EDMONTON -- Alberta has added more than 5,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 100 deaths since last Wednesday.

    On Monday, Alberta Health reported 96 deaths and:

    1,226 cases on Dec. 30;
    1,361 on Dec. 31;
    933 on Jan. 1;
    459 on Jan. 2; and
    1,128 on Jan. 3. Alberta Health Services conducted 11,963 tests that day.

    Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw tweeted preliminary data during the majority of the holidays and will return for an in-person update Tuesday....

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    Alberta adds 26 deaths, 843 COVID-19 cases after low-testing day
    Diego Romero Digital Journalist
    Published Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:32AM MST Last Updated Tuesday, January 5, 2021 5:33PM MST

    EDMONTON -- Dr. Deena Hinshaw says Alberta’s COVID-19 numbers remain “very high” as she reported 843 new cases from 10,301 tests and 26 more deaths.

    Alberta has 13,411 cases, 919 hospitalizations in total and 140 patients in ICU.

    “Our health-care system remains under significant pressure,” the chief medical officer of health said.

    “We are seeing a stabilization in cases, with occasional days of low new cases due to lower testing volumes, but overall, new case numbers, hospitalization, and ICU admissions for COVID-19 are still very high in our province.”

    The province has registered 106,378 cases and 1,168 deaths since March.


    Alberta Health Services has administered 26,269 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and plans to give out another 3,000 by the end of Tuesday, Health Minister Tyler Shandro said.

    With that, Alberta will reach its “aggressive goal” of the 29,000 doses it said it would administer by the end of 2020...


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      Alberta reports 1,123 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths
      Diego Romero Digital Journalist
      Published Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:54PM MST Last Updated Wednesday, January 6, 2021 4:48PM MST

      EDMONTON -- Alberta is reporting another 1,123 cases of COVID-19 and 25 more deaths on Wednesday.

      The positivity rate from Tuesday was just shy of seven per cent after Alberta Health Services tested approximately 16,000 people.

      The province has 13,540 active coronavirus cases and 911 people in hospital, 141 of whom are in ICU...


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        Alberta records 24 deaths Friday, 1st case of South African variant of COVID-19
        By Caley Ramsay Global News
        Posted January 8, 2021 5:59 pm
        Updated January 8, 2021 7:06 pm

        Alberta reported 1,183 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, along with 24 additional deaths from the disease.

        As of Friday afternoon, there were 851 people in hospital with COVID-19, 135 of whom were being treated in intensive care.
        Alberta records first case of South African variant of COVID-19

        On Friday afternoon, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced on Twitter that the province had detected its first case of the South African variant of COVID-19.

        She said the person with the illness is in quarantine and “there’s no evidence at this time that the virus has spread to others.”...


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          31 new COVID-19 deaths in Alberta as 989 new cases reported Saturday
          CTV News Edmonton
          Published Saturday, January 9, 2021 3:57PM MST Last Updated Saturday, January 9, 2021 4:32PM MST

          EDMONTON -- Thirty-one more Albertans have died due to COVID-19 as the province reported 989 new cases on Saturday.

          The province has now recorded 1272 coronavirus-related deaths and 110,641 total cases.

          Saturday saw a significant increase of 809 active cases, the largest one-day jump since late November.

          Saturday's active case increase marks the second day in a row and third time in the past six days that active cases have increased. Prior to Jan. 4 they had fallen every day over the past three weeks.

          Hospitalizations fell for a fourth straight day, down 35 to 827. The number of patients in intensive care also fell, down five to 132.

          The province recorded a 7.07 per cent test positivity percentage based on 13,540 tests...


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            Alberta expands COVID-19 vaccine program to include paramedics, EMTs
            Alberta on track to complete first doses for all residents in senior-living centres by next week, premier says
            CBC News ? Posted: Jan 11, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 12 minutes ago

            Alberta will immediately expand its COVID-19 vaccination program to include all paramedics and emergency medical responders, Premier Jason Kenney says.

            "By expanding eligibility to paramedics and emergency medical technicians today, and staff in COVID-19 units and medical surgical units last week … we are well on our way to get those populations immunized," Kenney said Monday at a news conference.

            Kenney said all the provinces have to depend of the federal government to quickly procure and distribute vaccine.

            "The bottom line is this," he said. "Alberta's capacity to give people the jab will soon outstrip available vaccine supplies and we are doing everything humanly possible to roll out these life-saving vaccines as quickly as they arrive."

            Alberta reported 639 new cases on Monday and 23 more deaths. Across the province there were 13,917 active cases, with 811 people are being treated in hospitals for the illness, including 130 in ICU beds. ..


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              Alberta’s contact tracing improving as 652 new COVID-19 cases identified, 38 more deaths
              By Allison Bench Global News
              Posted January 12, 2021 1:55 pm
              Updated January 12, 2021 6:59 pm

              Alberta’s contact-tracing system is improving and greatly reducing the number of COVID-19 cases with an unknown source, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Tuesday, as the province added 652 new cases of the disease.

              The province’s chief medical officer of health said Alberta Health Services is “making progress” in getting through the backlog.

              “We are now able to reach out within 24 hours to all high-priority cases of COVID-19, including those involving school-aged children, health-care workers, long-term care workers and those who are involved in critical response,” Hinshaw said

              inshaw added that currently, 47 per cent of active cases — which now sit at 13,220 — have an unknown source. Comparing to mid-December, Hinshaw said that between Dec. 10 and 15, the provincial number of unknown cases was closer to 80 per cent.

              The province said last week that it currently has approximately 1,250 contact tracers working. Work continues to hire and train hundreds more and AHS said it now hopes to have over 2,000 contact tracers in place by early February.

              However, Hinshaw cautioned that there will always be cases with an unknown source.

              “Even with a fully functioning system, there are always a portion of cases, usually around 30 per cent, where the source of exposure cannot be identified,” she said.

              The 652 new cases identified Tuesday come from 9,336 tests administered on Monday. That leaves the province with a positivity rate of around 6.8 per cent, Hinshaw said...


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                875 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths in Alberta
                Alex Antoneshyn
       Digital Journalist
                Published Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:05AM MST Last Updated Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:52PM MST

                EDMONTON -- Alberta reported a provincial positivity rate of 5.3 per cent on Wednesday, announcing 875 new cases amongst 16,000 tests the day before.

                There are 820 Albertans in hospital, 137 of whom are in ICUs.

                Chief Medical Officer of Health also reported 23 more COVID-19-related deaths. While many were linked to outbreaks at care homes in Edmonton and Calgary, Hinshaw reminded the public: "They ranged in age from 48 to 96. Men and women whose passing leaves a whole in the lives of those who cared about them."

                The top doctor sent a message of encouragement to Albertans who were growing tired of living through a pandemic, calling her frequent phrase, "We are all in this together," less slogan than an "irrefutable, biological fact" of the disease...


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                  Alberta to ease some COVID-19 restrictions starting Monday, health minister says
                  Province reports 967 new cases of the illness and 21 more deaths
                  CBC News ? Posted: Jan 14, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 19 minutes ago

                  With case numbers falling, Alberta will ease some public health restrictions starting on Monday, allowing hair salons, barbershops and other personal-services businesses to reopen by appointment only.

                  Also starting on Jan. 18, up to 10 people will be allowed to gather outdoors, and up to 20 people will be allowed to attend funerals provided all who attend wear masks and maintain two metres of physical distancing.

                  Indoor gatherings remain prohibited and funeral receptions are still not allowed.

                  "Alberta's case numbers and hospitalizations remain high and they pose a threat to our health-care system capacity and they continue to," Shandro said Thursday at a news conference.

                  The changes will impact hair salons, barber shops, esthetics, manicure and pedicure businesses, reflexology, piercing and tattoo shops, and other personal and wellness services throughout the province. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services and businesses, he said, and clients are expected to keep following the public health guidelines...


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                    Alberta reports 785 new cases of COVID-19 as deaths surpass 1,400
                    Published Friday, January 15, 2021 3:58PM MST Last Updated Friday, January 15, 2021 4:00PM MST

                    EDMONTON -- More than 1,400 Albertans have died due to COVID-19, the province confirmed Friday as Alberta also recorded 785 new cases of the coronavirus.

                    The province announced 13 new deaths, but given delays in reporting it is likely the 1,400th death occurred before Thursday.

                    There are now 796 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Alberta hospitals, a decrease of 16 from yesterday. The 796 includes 124 patients in intensive care units, a decrease of nine.

                    The province processed 13,575 tests on Thursday, a decrease of 2,644 from the day before. The test positivity rate was 5.46 per cent...


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                      750 cases of COVID-19 reported in Alberta on Sunday
                      CTV News Edmonton
                      Published Sunday, January 17, 2021 4:05PM MST

                      EDMONTON -- Alberta reported 750 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday after performing 11,484 tests on Saturday.

                      An additional 19 deaths were also reported, including eight people in the Edmonton zone and seven people in the Calgary zone.

                      As of Sunday, there are 765 Albertans in hospital; 122 of them are in intensive care...


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                        Alberta's COVID-19 numbers continue to drop, with 474 new cases reported Monday
                        'We are making progress but we are not out of the woods yet'
                        CBC News ? Posted: Jan 18, 2021 12:40 PM MT | Last Updated: 1 hour ago

                        As the province awaits its next vaccine shipment, the province continues to see declining rates of COVID-19.

                        On Monday, Alberta reported 474 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. There are 739 people in hospital with the disease, 120 of whom are in intensive care.

                        The province also reported 11 more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,447.

                        "Over the last month we've seen active cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and our transmission rate decline," Dr Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, said at a news conference. "This is a testament to the hard work and sacrifices of so many."

                        But Hinshaw emphasized that case numbers in Alberta are still very high. Three months ago, on Oct. 18, the active case count was just over 3,000, while on Monday it was 11,923.

                        "Critically, on Oct. 18, there were 120 people in hospital with COVID-19," she said. "Today we have more than six times that total.

                        "All of this means we are making progress but we are not out of the woods yet...


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                          Alberta’s COVID-19 positivity rate declining but health system still under ‘severe strain’: Hinshaw
                          By Phil Heidenreich Global News
                          Posted January 19, 2021 12:39 pm
                          Updated January 19, 2021 6:53 pm

                          Alberta’s chief medical officer of health said Tuesday that while the province’s positivity rate for COVID-19 is improving, the health-care system continues to struggle under the weight of hundreds of people being in hospital with the disease.

                          “The positivity rate is declining,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw told reporters at a news conference in Edmonton, noting it currently sits at 5.6 per cent. “But (it’s) still far above the one to three per cent we saw in summer and fall.”

                          She said 740 people remain in hospital with COVID-19 in Alberta and added that 119 people are in intensive care units.

                          “Our health-care system is stull under severe strain,” Hinshaw said...


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                            Declining case numbers show Alberta restrictions working, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says
                            'It's very encouraging to see our positivity rate steadily declining'
                            CBC News ? Posted: Jan 20, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 28 minutes ago

                            Declining numbers of cases and positive tests for COVID-19 in Alberta show that restrictions put in place last year have been effective, the province's top doctor says.

                            Alberta reported 21 more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday and 669 new cases of the illness.

                            Laboratories conducted about 14,900 tests over the past 24 hours putting the positivity rate at about 4.5 per cent.

                            "It's very encouraging to see our positivity rate steadily declining since the peak in December," Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province's chief medical officer of health, said Wednesday at a news conference...


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                              Alberta has now lost 1,500 people to COVID-19 since pandemic began
                              Active cases in the province peaked on Dec. 13 and have steadily declined since
                              CBC News ? Posted: Jan 21, 2021 1:30 PM MT | Last Updated: 39 minutes ago

                              Alberta has now lost 1,500 people to COVID-19 since the pandemic began last March.

                              On Thursday, the province reported 16 more deaths and 678 new cases of the illness.

                              Active cases in Alberta have been declining steadily for the past month and are now half what they were in mid-December.

                              But though the number of people in hospital has declined slightly, that metric has lagged well behind.

                              On Dec. 13, active cases peaked at 21,178. The latest update, released Thursday, reported 10,256 cases.

                              Hospitalizations in Alberta peaked on Dec. 30, when there were 941 people being treated for the illness, including 145 in ICU beds.

                              Across the province, 726 people are now being treated in hospitals for the disease, including 119 in ICU beds...