COVID-19 Updates: State of public health emergency declared.
Alberta declared a state of public health emergency. Public health restrictions are in effect to reduce spread and protect our health care system.
Businesses participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program will require patrons 12 and older to show proof of vaccination or negative test result.
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
- 317,750 Total cases
- 786 Cases on October 19
- 303,920 Recovered cases
- 3,006 Deaths
- 10,824 Active cases*
- 928 In hospital
- 203 In intensive care**
- 5,768,711 Total tests completed
- 12,114 Tests on October 19
- 2,493,318 People tested
- 6,389,130 Vaccine doses as of October 19
Updated October 20. Numbers are current as of end-of-day October 19. 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.
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.
- All Albertans 12+ can book first and second doses now. Some people most at risk of severe illness can get a third dose.
- 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 people 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 an appointment
- Book an influenza vaccine appointment online.
- Phone Health Link at 811 for help booking multiple appointments for children and family members.
- Check if your community pharmacy is offering drop-in appointments.
- Phone your physician’s office to see if they’re offering influenza vaccine appointments.
How to get vaccinated safely
- Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate and complete the AHS online assessment.
- Follow safety protocols: wear a mask, wash your hands, stay 2 metres apart when possible.
- Make an appointment at your pharmacy, physician clinic or public health site and arrive as close to the appointment time as you can.
- Fill out forms online when possible.
Staff and volunteers at clinics and venues offering influenza vaccination must follow their employer’s policies for COVID-19 screening.
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 gathering limits and other public health actions.
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.1.617.2 (Delta) 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.
Alberta Jobs Now program
The Alberta Jobs Now Program is currently undergoing updates to improve the program for employers. Due to this maintenance, the second application intake period will launch in the coming weeks.
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.
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. There is no evidence vaccines are harmful when pregnant or breastfeeding.
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
Watch updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.
- 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)
- Enhanced COVID-19 protection for continuing care (October 19)
- First vaccine doses reach 85% (October 12)
- App to scan COVID-19 vaccine QR codes now available (October 12)
- Now is the time to get vaccinated (October 12)
- Protecting students and staff in the fourth wave (October 5)
- Vaccine eligibility expands, milestone hit (October 5)
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