The latest COVID-19 issues:
- Alberta reported 2,042 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and two more deaths from the disease.
- Across the province there are now 25,155 active cases, the highest total of active cases in Canada.
- The positivity rate is 10.9%.
- The province has the highest rate of active cases in Canada and the United States, with 562 active cases per 100,000 population – more than double the case rate of Ontario, the second largest province, of 228.
- There is now 661 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 148 people in intensive care.
- Alberta’s death toll increased by two to a total of 2 108 deaths.
- The last R-value declared 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.
- 179 894 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
- Currently, 857 schools, approximately 33 percent of all schools in Alberta, are on high alert or have epidemics. School transmission is believed to have occurred in 729 schools.
- Due to the increase in the number of Albertans in the Calgary area requesting a COVID-19 test, it can take three to five days between when someone applies and when trial happens, AHS said last week.
- Alberta cuts hours surgeries in its two large cities and in the north of the province to make room for a possible influx of hospitalizations linked to COVID-19.
(Note that the last daily count of new cases in the table above will usually vary slhightly of the net of new cases, Alberta Health announces every day. To learn more, click here.)
The last one on the restrictions:
- The Alberta government has introduced new measures to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 and is committed to doing more to stop people violating public health orders.
- Justice Minister Kaycee Madu said on Wednesday that fines for non-compliance with public health orders would double to $ 2,000 and introduced what he called a new enforcement protocol to target people violating orders. .
- “We will not allow our health care system to be overwhelmed,” Kenney said Wednesday, adding that this could happen in a few weeks if the growth of cases does not slow down.
- Calgary police on Saturday arrested two religious service organizers who have defied public health restrictions for months and charged them with staging an illegal in-person rally.
- All Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across the province have switched to e-learning until May 25, after the May long weekend. The prime minister said 80,000 students and staff were already isolated. All post-secondary classes will also be moved online.
- Workplaces with COVID-19 epidemics must now close for 10 daysunless they are essential workplaces.
- Restaurants must move take out only, which means that the patios must close.
- Retail will be limited to 10% occupation of the fire prevention code.
- Outdoor social gatherings will be limited to five people, and it is recommended to limit gatherings to a maximum of two different family cohorts.
- Places of worship are limited to 15 people and funerals are limited to 10 people.
- All indoor fitness activities are to close, as well as hair and nail salons.
- Outdoor sports are limited to close family contact only.
- Golf courses may remain open, but golfers should only play with people from their own household, or if they live alone, with their two relatives.
- the the fine for double violations from $ 1000 to $ 2000
- The new public health measures apply to all regions of Alberta, except those with less than 50 cases per 100,000 population and less than 30 active cases.
- The full list of current restrictions is available on the province’s website.
- The prime minister said Albertans who ignore public health rules “Will not be tolerated. “
(Note that the last daily count of new cases in the table above will usually vary slhightly of the net of new cases, Alberta Health announces every day. To learn more, click here.)WATCH | Dr Deena Hinshaw urges Albertans to heed the new restrictions:
The latest vaccines:
- Alberta Health announced on May 5 that the province would begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone over 12 years old as the provincial vaccine rollout moves into phase 3.
- Departure May 6, each Albertan 30 years of age or older (born in 1991 or before), can make an appointment through AHS or a participating pharmacy.
- Le 10 mai, appointment scheduling will expand to include Albertans 12 to 29 (born 1992-2009).
- Prime Minister Jason Kenney says Montana to provide Johnson & Johnson photos to truckers border crossing from May 10. The agreement is similar to previous agreements signed between Manitoba, Saskatchewan and North Dakota and is expected to affect approximately 2,000 truckers.
- An Alberta woman in her 50s died of a rare blood clot disease after receiving the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, the province’s chief medical officer said. In a statement Tuesday, Dr Deena Hinshaw said the woman died of vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). This is Alberta’s first vaccine-related death.
- Alberta Health said on April 30 that the vast majority of doses from the province’s supply AstraZeneca-Oxford have now been administered or reserved. Existing reservations will be honored.
- 1,846,554 vaccines doses have been administered in Alberta, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna et AstraZeneca-Oxford.
- 314 504 Albertans have been fully immunized (2 doses).
The latest most dangerous variants:
- There was 406 new cases involving worrisome variants reported the Saturday. On Monday, the province reported 1,900 – the highest number of new variant cases reported in a single day.
- About 47,6 athundred active cases were identified as variants of concern, but not all cases are considered for variants.
- There is 11,963 cases of active variants, while 26,149 people have recovered and 102 people have died from variant infections.
- Alberta had 35,969 cases linked to the B117 variant, first detected in the UK; 128 cases linked to the B1351 variant, detected for the first time in South Africa; six cases linked to the B1617 variant, first detected in India; and 2,111 cases related to the P1 variant, which was first identified in Brazil.
Discover the hardest hit regions:
You can see active cases by local health zone on the following interactive map. Scroll, zoom and click on the map for more information:
here is detailed regional breakdown of active cases reported by the province on Saturday.
- Calgary area: 11,178 active cases, against 10,859 active cases reported on Friday (71,503 cured).
- Zone d’Edmonton: 5,900, compared to 5,969 (64,911 recovered).
- North zone: 3,780, compared to 3,772 (18,815 recovered).
- South zone: 1,355, against 1,335 (9,760 recovered).
- Central areas: 2,917, compared to 2,901 (14,888 recovered).
- Unknown: 25, against 24 (17 recovered).
Find out which neighborhoods or communities have the most cases, how severely affected people of different ages have been, 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.