The latest information on restrictions and reopens:
- Some public health experts are concerned about Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s request that the COVID-19 pandemic is over, arguing that it incorrectly implies that the coronavirus is no longer a cause for concern. In a video posted to his social pages over the weekend, an unmasked Kenney shakes hands, hugs visitors to the Calgary Stampede, and stands side-by-side for photo ops – all permitted by current public health rules of Alberta. However, some health experts feared that the video and accompanying caption – “Such a joy to connect with Albertans during Canada’s first major event after the pandemic” – could send the signal that people don’t. need more precautions, including getting a first or second dose of vaccine if they haven’t already.
- Dr Gabriel Fabreau, assistant professor of general internal medicine at the University of Calgary, said he and his colleagues were holding their breath to see if cases to increase after Calgary Stampede, the first major event organized in Canada since the start of the pandemic. The Stampede ended on Sunday.
- Of particular concern to Fabreau is the proportion of the Alberta population with at least one dose has somewhat plateaued. On Sunday, the province saw the fewest first doses given since February, when access to vaccines was scarce.
- Experts pointed out a few reasons for caution. These last weeks, Alberta’s R-Value and COVID-19 Positivity Rate Increased. Last Thursday, the province reported a increase in active cases for the first time since May. In addition, they are watching other countries that have seen vicious rebounds after the reopening. For example, COVID-19 cases were at their lowest in the Netherlands when the country reopened in June, and vaccination rates were comparable to those in Alberta. In early July, infections jumped 500% in one week; most cases involved juveniles and were the highly transmissible delta variant.
- “I’m worried about the extent to which this video really invites a full return to normalcy… this idea that the pandemic is over, it’s gone, we don’t have to worry about a thing, is just not true. . It’s just scientifically false, ”said Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health, Law and Policy at the University of Alberta.
- the federal government announced Monday that he plans to let fully vaccinated tourists visit Canada again soon Ottawa now says that – as of 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.
- Calgarians stranded in India after the announcement of a travel ban in April due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in that country, they will have to wait longer before they can return home, after the federal government extended the ban on flights from India until at least August 21.
- 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.
The latest COVID-19 figures
- Alberta reported Monday that there was 130 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend:
- 49 new cases out of 5,517 tests on Friday.
- 43 new cases out of 5,358 tests on Saturday.
- 38 new cases out of 4,345 tests on Sunday.
- There have been two more dead. A total of 2 316 Albertans have died.
- The rate of person-to-person spread of COVID-19 cases is increasing again in the province. Last week, 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.
- On Monday, provincial labs detected 115 more cases of the coronavirus of concern, 101 of which were the delta variant. There are currently 366 cases of active variants in Alberta.
- 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.
- There is 605 active COVID cases, which is up 26, and the test the positivity rate is 0.99 percent.
- There is 100 people with COVID in hospitals in Alberta. From these, 27 are in intensive care units.
- 229,885 Albertans are considered cured of COVID-19.
(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:
- Alberta has reached a milestone in her COVID-19 vaccination campaign with more than five million doses of vaccines administered. The province announced Monday that 5,056,062 doses of vaccines had been administered by the end of Sunday.
- As of the last update, 74.8% of eligible Albertans received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 59.7% received two doses.
- 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.
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 Monday.
- Calgary area: 326.
- Zone d’Edmonton : 129.
- Central areas: 47.
- south zone: 28.
- North Zone: 73.
- Unknown: 2.