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All remaining mandatory public health restrictions were lifted on June 14 as the Omicron BA.2 wave subsides and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline.
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Cases in Alberta
- 629,648 Total cases
- 388 Cases reported over 7 days
- 9,998,877 Vaccine doses as of March 13
- 486 In hospital
- 11 In intensive care*
- 5,619 Deaths
Updated March 15. Numbers are current as of end-of-day March 13. Case numbers are updated every Wednesday.
*ICU cases are a subset of those in hospital.
Get vaccinated to prevent COVID-19
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it.
- Albertans 6 months and older can get vaccinated now.
- Bivalent vaccine boosters for Albertans 5 years and older are available now. The bivalent vaccine triggers a stronger immune response and provides additional protection against both Omicron and the original SARS-CoV-2 virus strain.
- Working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.
Get vaccinated to prevent Influenza
Why get an influenza vaccine
An influenza vaccine (flu shot) won’t prevent COVID-19 but it will reduce your chances of getting sick with influenza (flu) or spreading it to others.
All Albertans 6 months and older are encouraged to get an influenza vaccine. It’s especially important for seniors, pregnant women, Indigenous Peoples and people with chronic health conditions as they have a higher risk of severe complications.
By keeping influenza counts low, we can:
- help prevent people from being infected with COVID-19 and influenza at the same time
- make sure our health-care system has capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
- let health-care workers focus on treating people with other illnesses and injuries
- reduce outbreaks in care facilities
The vaccine is available free of charge starting October 18.
Where to get an influenza vaccine
- Alberta Health Services (AHS) public health clinics/sites for individuals 6 months to 4 years (and their families).
- Some doctors’ offices for individuals 6 months old and older.
- Participating pharmacies if 5 years old or older.
How to book
Book online (pharmacy is recommended or AHS clinic)
- Many pharmacies are also accepting walk-in appointments. If your local pharmacy is not listed in the booking system, contact them directly or find a pharmacy near you.
- Some community medical clinics are also offering influenza vaccine and can be contacted directly.
- COVID-19 boosters will be offered with each influenza vaccine appointment. A separate COVID-19 appointment is not needed.
- Arrive as close to the appointment time as you can.
- Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19
- Staff and volunteers at clinics and venues offering influenza immunization must follow their employers' policies for COVID-19 and may include requiring you to wear a mask.
Monitor your symptoms
Stay home if sick
- COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses and can range from mild to severe. Even people with mild symptoms can spread COVID-19 to others.
- It is recommended to isolate if you test positive or have symptoms not related to a pre-existing condition.
Practice good hygiene
- In addition to getting vaccinated and staying home when sick, practicing good hygiene habits can protect you and those around you from spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:
- stay home if you are feeling sick
- wash or sanitize your hands often
- cover your coughs and sneezes
- avoid touching your face
Isolate when sick
It is recommended to isolate if you test positive or have symptoms not related to a pre-existing condition.
How it spreads
COVID-19 is transmitted though tiny droplets of liquid produced by people who have the virus. The virus spreads by:
- breathing in air that contains infected droplets from people coughing, sneezing, talking, laughing, and singing
- touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth (bath towels, kitchen utensils, door knobs, etc.)
People who have COVID-19 can spread it to others before they start to feel sick.
COVID-19 does not appear to regularly transmit like measles through long-range transmission, but there are circumstances that raise the risk of aerosol transmission, such as crowded or poorly ventilated indoor spaces where people are engaging in activities like singing or high intensity exercise. Individuals and businesses should apply mitigation strategies where these risks exist.
We think the virus generally only survives for a few hours on a surface or object, but it may be possible for it to survive several days under some conditions.
Variants of concern
Variants of concern may spread more easily, cause more severe illness, require different treatments, affect the reliability of diagnostic tests, or have reduced vaccine effectiveness.
Alberta is monitoring for variants of concern. The B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant is the dominant strain in our province.
Symptoms in variant cases are so far reported to be the same as the original virus, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, and sore throat.
Paid vaccination leave
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.
Mental health and addiction
The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on mental health.
Online resources are available if you need advice on handling stressful situations or ways to talk to children.
- Help in Tough Times (AHS)
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19 (CDC)
- Talking with children about COVID-19 (CDC)
- COVID-19 information for young kids and students (PDF, 122 KB)
If you need to talk, call the 24-hour help lines:
- Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642
- Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322
Family and sexual violence
If you or someone you know is at risk of family or sexual violence, help is available.
- Call our 24-hour Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in over 170 languages.
Chat live online with the Family Violence Info Line for support in English (8 am to 8 pm)
- Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence can provide assistance in finding sexual assault support services (9 am to 9 pm daily):
- Call 1-866-403-8000 | 215+ languages
- Text 1-866-403-8000 | English
- Chat online | English
Child neglect and abuse
Children are at a higher risk for neglect and abuse during times of uncertainty and crisis.
Call the 24-hour child abuse hotline at 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) if you think a child is being abused, neglected or sexually exploited.
Nearly one million Albertans act as caregivers for loved ones experiencing challenges related to illness, disability or aging. These caregivers need support too.
Caregivers can get psychosocial and other peer and community supports by calling the toll-free caregiver advisor line at 1-877-453-5088 or going online to caregiversalberta.ca.
Pregnant people have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 than for those who are not pregnant.
Infected pregnant people may also have a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, compared to those who are pregnant without COVID-19.
Because of this, pregnant people are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no evidence vaccines are harmful when pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns.
- If you aren’t feeling well, take the online assessment to arrange testing
- For more information, read the AHS Vaccination while pregnant guide.
- State of COVID-19 in Alberta: Minister Copping (June 29, 2022)
- Alberta to lift remaining health restrictions (June 13, 2022)
- Expanding Paxlovid accessibility (May 4, 2022)
- Alberta expands access to fourth vaccine dose (April 6, 2022)
- Paxlovid to be available at more Alberta pharmacies (March 30, 2022)
- Pop-up vaccine clinics to support Calgary families (March 9, 2022)
- All youth aged 12 to 17 now eligible for boosters (March 8, 2022)
- AHS mandatory vaccination policy lifted (March 8, 2022)
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