The latest COVID-19 figures
- Alberta reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday – the highest number in July to date.
- There have been two new deaths. A total of 2 320 Albertans have died.
- There is 93 people treated in hospital for COVID-19 in Alberta. From these, 26 are in intensive care units. As COVID-19-related hospitalizations have continued to decline, the province is seeing an increase in the number of daily cases, active cases and the rate of positivity.
- The 106 new cases were detected on 6,622 tests, with a positivity rate of approximately 1.4%.
- There is now 676 active cases of COVID-19 across the province, an increase of 27 from the previous day.
- The rate at which COVID-19 cases spread from person to person is increasing again in the province. As of last week, the R-value for the province 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 have reported the first cases of Variant of the C.37 coronavirus in Alberta – also known as the lambda variant. Both were linked to travel.
- 230,066 Albertans are considered cured of COVID-19.
The latest information on restrictions and reopens:
- the United States land border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21, according to a renewal order issued by the US government on Wednesday. In a notice pre-published in the U.S. Federal Register, the government says even though vaccination rates have improved, opening the land border to non-essential travel still poses too high a risk.
- the Canadian government on Monday announced plans to let fully vaccinated tourists visit Canada again soon. Ottawa says start August 9 at 12:01 am ET fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents living in that country will be able to visit Canada without having to quarantine themselves for two weeks.
- The government said it plans to allow fully vaccinated travelers from all other countries enter Canada without quarantine on September 7.
- 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 pre-arrival testing requirements, be asymptomatic, and have an appropriate quarantine plan.
- Alberta entered stage 3 of its plan to reopen in three stages on July 1, lifting all restrictions. 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.
- The Government of Alberta announced on 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 consisted of end remaining visitor restrictions, limits to restaurant and leisure activities and additional screening for residents leaving the site. Outbreak protocols, single-site staffing and other measures were to remain in place until further notice.
You can see active cases by local health zone on the following interactive map. Scroll, zoom and click on the map for more information:
(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:
- 61,3 percent of all Albertans are fully vaccinated, while 63.8 percent received at least one dose (75 percent of those eligible).
- From Thursday, 5.100.111 doses of vaccine were administered.
- A poll released Wednesday by the Angus Reid Institute suggests that vaccine hesitation is more common in Alberta than in the rest of the country. The survey found that one in five Albertans remains reluctant to be vaccinated, twice the national average.
- According to the poll, in British Columbia the hesitation rate is 12%, and in Ontario and Quebec it is only 9%.
- “We absolutely need to push vaccination further,” said Craig Jenne, associate professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases.
- Alberta has reached a milestone in her COVID-19 vaccination campaign on July 19 with more than five million doses of vaccines administered.
- Dr. Deena Hinshaw tweeted on July 21 that the latest data from the province reaffirms that vaccination offers excellent protection against infection and variants.
- Hinshaw said one dose is found to be 57% effective against variant B.1.617 and increases to 85% with two doses. Against variant B.1.1.7, two doses were found to be 91% effective.
- She also noted that 96 percent of Albertans who have tested positive for the virus since January 1 had not received two doses of the vaccine, and 91% of deaths from COVID-19 and 95% of admissions to hospitals and intensive care units followed the same trend.
- 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.
- Clinics are also held in Calgary at the Somali Cultural Center, 3940 29 Street NE on July 24, and at the Crossroads Community Center at 1803 14 Ave NE on July 29.
- North of Calgary, AHS will also operate a clinic at the Crossfield Community Center on July 27.
- The fast-flow COVID-19 vaccination clinics at Edmonton’s Expo Center and Calgary Convention Center will close by the end of July, Alberta Health Services announced Wednesday.
- Alberta Health has partnered with a coalition of companies to launch a mobile clinic who will administer the first and second doses of the vaccine to remote labor camps, rural communities and hard-to-reach populations.
- Vaccinations begin next week in the Banff and Kananaskis regions as the clinic begins its tour of the province.
Find out which regions are hardest hit:
here is detailed regional breakdown of active cases as reported by the province on Thursday.
- Calgary area: 392.
- Zone d’Edmonton : 137.
- Central areas: 39.
- south zone: 40.
- North Zone: 68.
- Unknown: 0.