The latest COVID-19 figures
- Alberta reported 53 new cases COVID-19 Thursday.
- There have been one more death. A total of 2 312 Albertans have died.
- The rate of person-to-person spread of COVID-19 cases is on the rise again in Alberta. Over the past two weeks, the province-wide R-value of Alberta was 0.84, with a confidence interval of 0.74 to 0.94. It was even higher in Edmonton, at 0.97, with a confidence interval potentially pushing the city’s R-value above one.
- Public health officials are reported the first two cases of Variant of the C.37 coronavirus in Alberta – also known as the lambda variant. Both were linked to travel.
- There is 578 active COVID cases and the test the positivity rate is 0.85 percent.
- The province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, no longer provides regular briefings. She says cases and vaccination numbers will no longer be reported on weekends and breeding values (R-values) will change at two-week intervals.
- A growing proportion of cases have no known source, officials say, a trend that was expected now that Alberta has lifted virtually all restrictions and people have so much more contact. Contact tracers were unable to identify a source of transmission for 39% of active cases.
- There is 107 people with COVID in hospitals in Alberta. From these, 31 are in intensive care units.
- 229 745 Albertans are considered cured of COVID-19.
- Calgary Stampede medical director Dr Jia Hu said on Monday that of the 22,000 weekend attendees, about 70% provided proof that they had received at least one COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks ago. Of the 30 percent who had no evidence – about 6,600 people – less than five, or 0.05 percent, tested positive for COVID-19.
The latest information on restrictions and reopens:
- The province announced Tuesday (July 13) that the remaining restrictions in place for continuing care facilities would be lifted in a two-step process starting as soon as operators were able to make the necessary changes.
- The first phase will end remaining visitor restrictions, limits on restaurant and recreation activities, and additional screening for residents leaving the site. Outbreak protocols, single-site staffing and other measures will remain in place until further notice. There are currently only six active cases in continuing care facilities in Alberta, according to the province.
- Alberta entered stage 3 of its plan to reopen in three stages on July 1. That means :
- All restrictions are lifted, including the ban on social gatherings inside.
- The general mandate for the provincial mask indoors has been lifted, but masking may still be required in limited contexts or if some communities maintain it under local regulations.
- Calgary mayoral candidate Kevin J. Johnston – who is a leader of the COVID-19 denial movement and was recently described by a judge as “dangerous and out of control” – has pleaded guilty to both of his criminal charges on what was supposed to be the first day of his trial.
- Calgary The city council voted to cancel his mandatory mask mandate on July 5.
- Edmonton dropped its mandatory mask policy on July 1.
- Banff finished the exterior masking on June 30 and the interior masking on July 1.
- Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents can now skip the 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Canada, but it is still unclear when the border restrictions will be lifted for other travelers.
- Canadians and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated will be required to present documentation proving that they received doses of vaccines approved in Canada at least 14 days before entering the country.
- The officials said travelers must submit electronically information to the government’s ArriveCAN app prior to arrival, meet pre-arrival and on-arrival testing requirements, be asymptomatic, and have an appropriate quarantine plan.
(Note that the last daily number of new cases in the table above will usually vary slevery day, net new cases are announced by Alberta Health. To learn more about why, click here.)
The latest news on vaccines:
- AHS offers COVID-19 walk-in, first and second dose vaccination clinics with the Pfizer vaccine at the Calgary Telus Convention Center and Genesis Center, Wednesday July 21 to Monday July 26.
- Young born in 2004 to 2009 are eligible to receive their first dose of Pfizer vaccine and their second dose of Pfizer vaccine (second dose at least 28 days after first dose) based on a drop in these clinics.
- 48,6 percent of all Albertans have been fully immunized with two doses, and 74.4 percent of these 12 and more were vaccinated with one dose.
- Alberta administered 4 947 062 doses COVID-19 vaccine, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna et AstraZeneca-Oxford.
- Anyone who received their first dose of mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) in May or before can reserve their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, anyone who has received a first dose of mRNA in June can now also reserve their second dose after four weeks have passed since their first shot.
- Alberta offers $ 3 million in lottery winnings to encourage more people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. All Albertans aged 18 and over who have received at least one dose are eligible for the raffle. To register, eligible Albertans must complete their information at alberta.ca/lottery. The first winner was Tracey McIvor, who lives in Langdon, 30 kilometers east of Calgary.
- Beyond the cash prizes, the government has announced additional rewards, including travel packages. On Wednesday, the government added outdoor prizes, including lifetime hunting licenses and more.
You can see active cases by local health zone on the following interactive map. Scroll, zoom and click on the map for more information:
Find out which regions are hardest hit:
here is detailed regional breakdown of active cases as reported by the province on Thursday.
- Calgary area: 291.
- Zone d’Edmonton : 118.
- Central areas: 44.
- south zone: 23.
- North Zone: 100.
- Unknown: 2.