Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Monday, January 11

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  • Alberta schoolchildren return to classroom learning on Monday. In November, junior and senior high school students began learning at home, while elementary students stayed at school in person.
  • A High River woman has filed a formal complaint asking police to investigate possible criminal negligence in her father’s death, marking the first known case in Canada where police are investigating a COVID-19 death in the middle of work. Benito Quesada worked at Cargill’s meat processing plant in the city of Alberta, where at least 950 employees – nearly half the workforce – tested positive for COVID-19 early on May in what remains the largest workplace outbreak in Canada.
  • Alberta reported 811 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 additional deaths on Sunday.
  • The province has finished 12302 tests with a positivity rate of 6.4 percent.
  • The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Alberta is now 1,284.
  • There are a total of 14,116 active cases, up from 14,437 reported on Saturday.
  • All over Alberta, 794 patients are treated in hospitals for disease, including 128 in Intensive care beds.
  • The province has now administered 44 994 doses COVID-19 vaccine in Alberta.

(Evelyne Asselin / CBC)

  • Alberta reports its first case of the coronavirus variant discovered for the first time in South Africa. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw tweeted Friday that the case involved a recent traveler.
  • Hinshaw to provide its next live update on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
  • Premier Jason Kenney is also expected to speak Monday about vaccination plans in Alberta.
  • Services dedicated to COVID-19 have been added to the list of priority vaccines, which means that, from now, appointments for vaccines will be offered to these health workers.
  • Kenney announced Thursday that The COVID-19 restrictions will remain in effect for at least two additional weeks.
  • Transport Canada quietly raised the mandatory age for children wearing face masks on planes from two to six.
  • WestJet cuts jobs and a reduction of a third of its flight capacity due to what the airline calls “instability over federal government travel advisories and restrictions.”

  • Here are more of the latest COVID-19 stories in Alberta:

More details on what you need to know today in Alberta:

Alberta reported 811 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 more deaths from the disease on Sunday, according to the latest update posted on the province’s website.

This brings the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 1,284.

There are 794 people in hospital due to the disease, including 128 in intensive care. The province conducted 12,302 tests on Friday.

There is 14 116 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, down 321 from Saturday.

The next live update with Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, will be on Monday.

The province administered 44,994 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Alberta on Sunday. This represents 1,017.5 doses per 100,000 inhabitants.


Ariana Quesada, 16, shows a photo of her father Benito Quesada outside the RCMP detachment in High River, Alta. His father has died after becoming one of hundreds of workers at Cargill’s High River meat processing plant to contract COVID-19. The company is now the subject of a police investigation. (Justin Pennell / CBC)

Ariana Quesada, 16, walked into the RCMP detachment in High River, Alta. On Friday and filed a formal complaint asking police to investigate possible criminal negligence following the death of her father.

Benito Quesada, a 51-year-old Mexican immigrant who supports a woman and four children, was hospitalized with COVID-19 in mid-April, one of hundreds of workers at the city’s Cargill meat plant infected by the coronavirus.

He was in a coma and on a ventilator when he died on May 7. His family had been banned from visiting – except to say goodbye.

At least 950 employees at the Cargill plant – nearly half of its workforce – tested positive for COVID-19 in early May in what remains the largest workplace outbreak in Canada.

The Quesadas are demanding accounts from Cargill, alleging the company has not done enough to protect Benito from the coronavirus.

Family urges COVID-19 police to investigate the Alberta meat plant – the largest workplace outbreak in Canada. 0:59


Alberta Police and Health Services responded to a church in southeast Calgary on Sunday after the pastor continued to encourage worshipers to break public health rules following an order relating to a fine and a sanitary inspection.

Pastor Tim Stephens wrote in a newsletter emailed to worshipers at Fairview Baptist Church on Wednesday that he had been fined $ 1,200 from Calgary law enforcement officials for violating public health orders.

“I approached the regulations theologically, scientifically, legally and politically. I knew that getting fined would be a real possibility. Having received one now, the course is unchanged, ”he wrote, adding that he would not follow the restrictions and the reduction in the ability to ensure physical distancing or the application of mask use to the body. within the church.

There are currently more than 5,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Calgary, more than 37,000 people in the city have recovered and 407 have died.

The city’s R-value is 1.02, which means that each person who contracts COVID-19 will infect more than one other person.

Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church in southeast Calgary received a public health order after an inspection found almost no church attendee or staff wore masks or did not distance himself. (Fairview Baptist Church / YouTube)


Transport Canada has quietly raised the age requirement for children wearing face masks on planes from two to six years old. The move follows at least two public incidents in which toddlers were kicked from domestic flights for not wearing face coverings.

Last April, Mandated by Transport Canada that air passengers aged two and over wear a mask when traveling, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Under Transport Canada new revised regulations, children from 2 to 5 years old do not have to hide if they are unable to tolerate wear a.

However, parents should always bring a mask on board for their child – even if the child is likely to reject it.

Transport Canada said it revised its rules on Nov. 10 in response to “updated guidance” from the Public Health Agency of Canada, which followed new recommendations from the World Health Organization.


Dr Keith Wolstenholme, an orthopedic surgeon, says some scheduled non-cancerous surgeries are now being canceled because there are simply not enough beds at Red Deer Hospital. (Jennifer Lee / CBC)

Doctors in Red Deer say their hospital is under tremendous strain as it grapples with a wave of critically ill COVID-19 patients.

The Red Deer Regional Hospital serves nearly half a million people in central Alberta and it is the only hospital in the region equipped to treat COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care.

According to the Alberta health services, 38 people with COVID-19 had been admitted to the facility Thursday morning, including 17 in the ICU.

“We’ve never really seen patient volumes like this,” said Dr. Kym Jim, internal medicine specialist at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. “Our intensive care has now spilled over into coronary care, which means coronary care patients are now being cared for in other areas of the hospital.

The hospital’s ICU is equipped with 12 beds. With the expansion of the cardiac care unit, six extra beds have been added for a total of 18 beds, of which 17 are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

In addition, there are a number of other patients requiring intensive care for other reasons.

“It puts enormous pressure on the system – enormous pressure on the staff. We’ve just never seen so many ventilated patients in our hospital, ”Jim said.


The Calgary-based airline said in a statement Friday that up to 1,000 of its employees would be affected by “time off, temporary layoffs, time off without pay and reduced hours.” (Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press)

WestJet cuts jobs and a reduction of a third of its flight capacity due to what the airline calls “instability over federal government travel advisories and restrictions.”

The Calgary-based airline said in a statement Friday that up to 1,000 of its employees would be affected by “time off, temporary layoffs, time off without pay and reduced hours.”

Ottawa recently changed the rules to require anyone entering Canada to take a negative COVID-19 test in order to be allowed to enter the country. As soon as that happened, WestJet CEO Ed Sims said the airline saw “significant reductions in new bookings and unprecedented cancellations.”

“The entire travel industry and its customers are once again victims of inconsistent and inconsistent government policy,” he said.

“We have advocated for the past 10 months for a coordinated testing regime on Canadian soil, but this hasty new step is causing unnecessary stress and confusion for Canadian travelers and may make travel unaffordable, unfeasible and inaccessible for Canadians to Canadians. years to come.

In addition to the job cuts, the airline is also cutting around 30% of its flights. This includes reducing the number of international flights from 100 this time last year to five now.


Click on the map below to zoom in or out on specific local geographies in Alberta and learn more about COVID-19:

here is detailed regional breakdown of active cases from Sunday:

  • Calgary area: 5,019, against 5,139 on Saturday (37,188 recovered).
  • Zone d’Edmonton: 5,543, against 5,696 (41,126 recovered).
  • North zone: 1,678, against 1,652 (6,550 recovered).
  • South zone: 297, against 300 (4,901 recovered).
  • Central areas: 1,498, against 1,577 (6,170 recovered).
  • Unknown: 81, against 73 (117 recovered).

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


  • For the latest news on what’s happening on Sunday in the rest of Canada and around the world, click here.

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