COVID-19 Updates: State of public health emergency declared.
Alberta declared a state of public health emergency. New public health restrictions come into effect starting September 16 to reduce spread and protect our health care system. Businesses participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program will require patrons to be vaccinated or show a recent negative test result.
Getting vaccinated is our best defence to beat COVID-19. Not vaccinated yet? Get $100 if your first or second dose is received between September 3 and October 14.
COVID-19 resources are available in عربي, 中文, हिंदी, 한국어, فارسی, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Af-Soomaali, Español, Français, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt and اردو on alberta.ca/CovidTranslated.
Cases in Alberta
- 288,357 Total cases
- 1,651 Cases on September 23
- 265,695 Recovered cases
- 2,622 Deaths
- 20,040 Active cases*
- 1,061 In hospital
- 243 In intensive care**
- 5,442,743 Total tests completed
- 16,848 Tests on September 23
- 2,407,473 People tested
- 5,963,532 Vaccine doses as of Sept 23
Updated September 24. Numbers are current as of end-of-day September 23. Case numbers are updated daily Monday to Friday.
*Active cases include both community cases and hospitalizations. **ICU cases are a subset of those in hospital.
- COVID-19 vaccines are safe and help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it.
- All Albertans 12+ can book first and second doses now. Some people most at risk of severe illness can get a third dose.
- A one-time $100 incentive is now available for all Albertans 18+ who receive a first or second dose between September 3 and October 14.
- Working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.
Practice good hygiene
In addition to getting vaccinated, 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.
Mandatory restriction - Effective Sept 16.
Indoor social gatherings
Vaccinated: Indoor private social gatherings are limited to a single household plus one other household to a maximum of 10 vaccine-eligible, vaccinated people and no restrictions on children under 12.
Unvaccinated: Indoor social gatherings are not permitted for vaccine-eligible but unvaccinated people.
Outdoor social gatherings
Outdoor private social gatherings limited to a maximum of 200 people, with 2 metre physical distancing at all times.
Learn more about temporary public health actions in place to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system.
Monitor your symptoms
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.
If you have any symptom, stay home and take the online assessment to arrange testing.
Isolate if required
Isolation and quarantine requirements are in place for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms.
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 transmit like measles through airborne transmission, but there may be circumstances that raise the risk of aerosol transmission. 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 spread more easily than the original COVID-19 strain, which could result in more severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths.
Alberta is monitoring for variants of concern. The B.1.617 variant is the dominant strain in our province.
Symptoms in variant cases are the same as the original virus, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, and sore throat.
Critical Worker Benefit
The Critical Worker Benefit provides a one-time payment of $1,200 to eligible Albertans in recognition of their hard work providing care and critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The application period for phase 2 is open to new categories of workers in the social services and private sectors.
Alberta Jobs Now program
Private and non-profit businesses can apply for funding to offset the cost of hiring and training unemployed or underemployed Albertans into new or vacant full-time jobs.
Employers can get up to:
- $25,000 for each new hire, or
- $37,500 for each new employee with a disability
Workers cannot apply for the program directly, but can let potential employers know they can apply for the Alberta Jobs Now program if they hire you.
Applications for the first intake closed on July 23, 2021
Next intake: September 16 to December 31, 2021
Paid vaccination leave
All working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.
Individuals and families
Financial support programs are available to help people experiencing unemployment and those who cannot work because they are sick, need to isolate, or are caring for someone in isolation.
Businesses and self-employed people can access supports to help with COVID-19-related challenges to:
- avoid layoffs, rehire employees and create new jobs
- access financial support, loans and credit
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:
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):
Child neglect and abuse
Info for organizations and vulnerable Albertans
Nearly one million Albertans act as caregivers for loved ones experiencing challenges related to illness, disability or aging. These caregivers need support too.
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 when it's available.
While there is limited evidence on how the COVID-19 vaccines may impact pregnant people, no adverse outcomes have been reported in clinical trials or in the vaccine roll out.
COVID Care Teams
We are working with the cities of Calgary and Edmonton to access local agencies and organizations to provide on-the-ground support to communities experiencing a high number of cases of COVID-19, compared to other areas across the province.
Residents in these communities may face barriers that could contribute to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission:
- employment in public-facing, higher risk jobs – for example, front-line health care, maintenance, transportation
- live in higher density, multi-family or multi-generational homes
- are a newcomer to Alberta and may not have supports in place
- have English language barriers
- earn a lower than average income
To help address these barriers, COVID Care Teams will:
- distribute care packages with masks, sanitizers and translated resources
- refer people to 811 for additional information in multiple languages
- inform residents of the nearest COVID-19 assessment and testing centres
- connect people to transportation to COVID-19 testing facilities, if needed
- refer people to AHS for self-isolation options for people unable to safely do so at home
- provide information about financial supports for people who need to isolate
Upon referral by AHS, free hotel rooms and financial support are available to all Albertans who must isolate due to COVID-19 but cannot do so in their own homes. Call 211 for more information.
- Expanding COVID supports for all Albertans (February 1, 2021)
- Outreach will help Albertans connect to COVID-related resources (December 15, 2020)
The last regularly scheduled update from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, was on June 29, 2021. Future updates will be provided only when required.
- Update 234: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 29)
- Update 233: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 22)
- Update 232: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 15)
- Update 231: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 10)
- Update 230: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 8)
- Update 229: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 3)
- Final $1-million vaccine lottery draw closes Sept. 23 (September 22)
- More Albertans eligible for third dose (September 21)
- COVID-19 vaccination records available at registries (September 20)
- Restrictions Exemption Program underway (September 20)
- New, easy access to COVID-19 vaccination record (September 19)
- First vaccine doses hit 80 per cent (September 17)
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