The latest COVID-19 figures
- COVID-19 data for the long weekend will be released on Tuesday.
- Alberta reported 187 new cases COVID-19 Friday.
- Three new deaths have been reported. There was a total of 2,328 deaths.
- There are 90 people treated in hospital for COVID in Alberta. From these, 19 are in intensive care units.
- The positivity rate is 2.39 percent.
- There is now 1,655 active cases of COVID-19 across the province, an increase of 135 from the previous data update.
- On July 28, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, provided her first update on the COVID-19 situation in weeks, saying the province is further easing restrictions to treat the coronavirus more like other respiratory viruses.
- Experts note that the virus is now spreading faster in Alberta than during the third wave of the pandemic.
- Paul Boucher, the head of the Alberta Medical Association, said in an open letter to members that he is very concerned about the province’s decision to suspend nearly all of its COVID-19 public health protocols.
- Members of the medical community unhappy with the province’s plan staged protests at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton and outside the provincial offices of the McDougall Center in Calgary on Friday and Saturday.
- The R-value, which represents the number of people infected by each infected person, was 1.48 (with a confidence interval of 1.38 to 1.59) in Alberta on Sunday, according to Alberta Health.
- That number – which has doubled in recent weeks – means 100 people with the virus will pass it on to 148 others.
- 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.
- At least 113 people caught COVID-19 at the Calgary Stampede, and 31 of these were out-of-province cases. Alberta Health says there have been 313 cases linked to people attending the Stampede during their incubation period.
- Dr James Talbot, the province’s former chief medical officer of health, said it is likely that a significant increase in Stampede-associated cases will not be recorded until August, when the event ended on 18 July.
- 230 216 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 information on restrictions and reopens:
- Despite the increasing number of cases, positivity rate and R-value, Alberta is relaxation of a number of restrictions in a two-phase approach over the next few weeks.
- On Thursday July 29, the following changes came into effect:
- Quarantine for close contacts will no longer be mandatory but recommended.
- Contact tracers will no longer notify nearby contacts. Contact tracers will continue to investigate high-risk settings such as continuing care facilities.
- Asymptomatic testing will no longer be recommended.
- On August 16, the following changes will come into effect:
- You will no longer be required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19, but isolation will still be strongly recommended.
- Isolation hotels and quarantine media will no longer be available.
- Tests will be available for symptomatic individuals when needed to help guide patient care decisions.
- After August 31, tests for COVID-19 will be available for patients whose symptoms are severe enough to require care in hospitals or medical clinics.
- Masking will not be compulsory in schools.
- Masks will no longer be mandatory on public transport, nor in most continuing care facilities.
- 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. The US government has said that although vaccination rates have improved, opening the land border to non-essential travel still poses too high a risk.
- 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 latest news on vaccines:
- 55,3 percent of Albertans are now fully immunized against COVID, and 64.5 percent have now received at least one dose (or 75,8 percent eligible persons).
- 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. His tour of the province kicked off Monday in the Banff and Kananaskis regions.
- A poll released on July 21 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%.
- Hinshaw tweeted on July 21 that the latest data from the province reaffirms that the 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.
Find out which regions are hardest hit:
here is detailed regional breakdown of active cases as reported by the province on Friday.
- Calgary area: 990
- Zone d’Edmonton : 301
- Central areas: 85
- south zone: 162
- North Zone: 117
- Unknown: 0
You can see active cases by local health zone on the following interactive map. Scroll, zoom and click on the map for more information: