What you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Thursday, November 12


The last:

  • Alberta reported 672 new cases on Wednesday. The province set a historic high of 919 new daily cases on Saturday.
  • Seven new deaths were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 383.
  • There are 217 people in the hospital, including 46 in intensive care – another record number. Just three weeks ago, 116 people were in hospital and 16 in intensive care.
  • A group of more than 430 Alberta doctors and three major health unions today send a letter to Premier Jason Kenney endorsing the idea of ​​a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the province.
  • The Prime Minister will join Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and officials in providing an update on COVID-19 at 3:30 p.m. CBC News will stream it live on the website and Facebook.
  • Hinshaw says the number of active cases is concerning and further measures are being considered.
  • An outbreak at the Calgary Drop-In Center has resulted in 15 clients and one staff member testing positive for COVID-19. There are also two positive cases at Alpha House and five at an Alpha House transition facility.

What you need to know today in Alberta

Alberta reported 672 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, after reaching a record 919 new cases per day on Saturday.

Calgary and Edmonton now have more than 3,200 active cases each. There are 82 tightly restricted areas of the province, with case rates of up to 724 per 100,000 people in Smoky Lake.

A letter signed by more than 430 doctors calls on Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to implement a “circuit breaker” lockdown, following a similar call made by dozens of doctors earlier this week.

“There is no more time. We must act now, ”said Dr Tehseen Ladha, co-author of the last letter. “We need something strong and binding to bend the curve. ”

There were 8,090 active cases across the province on Wednesday – another record – and 63 percent have an unknown source of transmission.

The government is evaluating new restrictions in light of record COVID-19 numbers. Prime Minister Jason Kenney will join Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw and officials in providing an update on COVID-19 this afternoon.

Possible restrictions could include capacity limits for worship services and high-risk activities like fitness classes, government officials told CBC News. They said there could also be lesser changes for businesses, such as reduced capacity or reduced operating hours.

Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says people who blatantly flout health rules during the pandemic should face consequences. 1:21

All residents of Edmonton and Calgary have already been asked to stop holding social gatherings in their homes, and all communities on the province’s watchlist are under a mandatory limit of 15 people for social gatherings.

The province also recommends voluntary measures in both cities: wear non-medical masks in all indoor workplaces, except when people are alone in an office or cubicle, where a barrier is in place, and be limited to no more than three cohorts.

Calgary hospitals are bracing for an influx of patients in the days and weeks to come. Dr Peter Jamieson, medical director at Foothills Hospital, says the town’s intensive care units are operating at over 80% of their capacity. If necessary, COVID-19 patients could be sent to a temporary tent at Peter Lougheed Hospital or Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Premier Jason Kenney is calling on Albertans not to throw parties or large family dinners and is extending the 15-person limit at social gatherings to all communities on the province’s COVID-19 watchlist. 2:42

Maintaining appropriate staffing levels at Edmonton hospitals has also been a challenge as COVID-19 cases continue to climb and some doctors warn staff are running out.

The prime minister warned that AHS may have to cancel elective surgeries, as it did in the spring, to make more room for potential COVID patients, if the number of cases continues to rise.

The reopening of schools has been highlighted as a potential factor in recent outbreaks in other parts of Canada and around the world, but Hinshaw does not believe they are responsible for the high rate of new cases in that province.

“I don’t see any evidence in Alberta that schools are driving this growing community transmission,” she says. “It seems to be the other way around, with community transmission causing increased pressure in schools. “

An overview of active COVID-19 cases by health district in Calgary as of November 10. (CBC)

Outbreaks at two shelters have left Calgary’s homeless terrified of stepping out of the cold for fear of catching COVID-19, says a group that helps people living on the streets. Be The Change YYC provides food, water, blankets, hygiene items, tents and tarpaulins three evenings a week in the downtown area of ​​the city.

Founder Chaz Smith said the virus outbreaks at the Calgary Visitor Center and Alpha House have left homeless people with a tough choice.

“Are you freezing or are you potentially at risk of catching COVID?” Smith said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

Here is the regional breakdown of active cases reported on Tuesday. A detailed breakdown of the numbers of active cases was not available on Wednesday:

  • Calgary area: 3,434, against 3,345 on Monday.
  • Zone d’Edmonton: 3,255, against 3,175.
  • North zone: 542, against 541.
  • South zone: 488, instead of 497.
  • Central areas: 317, instead of 330.
  • Unknown: 54, instead of 77.

Find out which neighborhoods or communities have the most cases, how badly people of different ages have been affected, the ages of those hospitalized, how Alberta compares to other provinces and more: Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta – and what they mean

What you need to know today in Canada:

As of 8:30 a.m. ET as of Thursday, provinces and territories across Canada had reported a cumulative total of 277,061 confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus. Provinces and territories have listed 223,199 cases as recovered or resolved. A CBC News death tally based on provincial reports, regional health news and CBC reporting stood at 10,685.

Ontario will release updated modeling on Thursday forecasting the course of its second wave of COVID-19, as some epidemiologists already predict the province will exceed 2,000 new cases per day by early December.

It comes as Ontario sees an upsurge in infections, despite recent comments from Premier Doug Ford suggesting the pandemic curve is flattening or declining.

Over the past week, Ontario has reported a daily average of more than 1,200 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and, four of the past five days, the province has broken its previous one-day high.

In Quebec on Wednesday, health officials reported 1,378 new cases of COVID and 22 additional deaths attributed to the new coronavirus, six of which had occurred in the previous 24 hours.

Health officials said on Thursday that hospitalizations had increased from 39 to 573 and 84 patients were in intensive care, an increase of two.

Manitoba’s new COVID-19 restrictions code was launched early Thursday as the province tries to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

Health officials on Wednesday reported 431 new cases and nine new deaths in the province. Hospitalizations stood at 218, including 32 in intensive care – a record high in the province.

Schools will remain open, but everything from non-essential businesses to theaters and restaurants will be closed.

In neighboring Saskatchewan, more than 300 doctors have signed a letter calling on that province to do more to fight the new virus.

“Unless more is done to change our course, we are convinced that winter will result in overflowing hospitals, canceled surgeries, overwhelmed health care providers and unnecessary death,” the letter said.

In British Columbia, the Interior Health Authority has issued a COVID-19 alert to its residents as cases increase in the region. The health authority, which includes communities like Kamloops and Kelowna, said in a statement it was concerned about the upward trend and frequency of new local clusters.

A recent order from a provincial health officer limiting social interactions does not apply to Interior Health, but local health officials have said they need the public’s help to avoid further restrictions.

Self-assessment and support:

With winter cold and flu season approaching, Alberta Health Services will prioritize Albertans for screening with symptoms and groups at higher risk of contracting or spreading the disease. virus.

General asymptomatic testing is currently not available for people with no known exposure to COVID-19.

The province says Albertans who have returned to Canada from other countries must isolate themselves. Unless your situation is critical and requires a call to 911, Albertans are advised to call Health Link at 811 before visiting a doctor, hospital or other health care facility.

If you have symptoms, even mild ones, you should self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, until the symptoms are gone.

You can find the latest coronavirus updates from Alberta Health Services here.

The province also operates a confidential mental health support line at 1-877-303-2642 and an addictions helpline at 1-866-332-2322, both available 24 hours a day.

Online resources are available for advice on dealing with stressful situations and how to talk with children.

There is a 24-hour domestic violence information line at 310-1818 for anonymous help in over 170 languages, and Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866- 403-8000, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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