COVID-19 Updates: Protecting Albertans from the Omicron variant.
- A total of 919 cases are laboratory confirmed, and 331 are probable cases (symptomatic close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases). Laboratory positivity rates remain consistent at two per cent.
- Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
- 774 cases in the Calgary zone
- 309 cases in the Edmonton zone
- 67 cases in the Central zone
- 77 cases in the North zone
- 20 cases in the South zone
- Three cases in zones yet to be confirmed
- Of these cases, there are currently 48 people in hospital, of which 13 have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
- Of the 1,250 total cases, 152 are suspected of being community acquired.
- There are now a total of 279 confirmed recovered cases.
- Three additional deaths have been reported in the Calgary, Central and North zones. That is a total of 14 deaths in the Calgary zone, four in the Edmonton zone, four in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
- Strong outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 106 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
- There have been 63,115 people tested for COVID-19, and a total of 64,806 tests performed by the lab. There have been 698 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
- Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
- All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
- Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
- Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced further restrictions for visitors to Alberta hospitals.
- AHS has expanded its testing criteria for COVID-19 to include symptomatic individuals in the following roles:
- Group home and shelter workers
- First responders, including firefighters
- Those involved in COVID-19 enforcement, including police, peace officers, bylaw officers, environmental health officers, and Fish and Wildlife officers
- Correctional facility staff, working in either a provincial or federal facility.
- Anyone among these groups is urged to use the AHS online assessment tool for health-care workers, enforcement and first responders.
- As Albertans look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend, they are being reminded to:
- avoid gatherings outside of their immediate household
- find ways to connect while being physically separated
- worship in a way that does not put people at risk, including participating in virtual or live-streamed religious celebrations
- More guidelines for faith-based organizations can be found online.
Healthy at home
Albertans are encouraged to stay healthy at home by maintaining their physical and mental health during COVID-19. Tips and ideas are available from a variety of online sources including Active for Life. Post your wellness activities by using the hashtag #HealthyAtHomeAB.
Bits and Pieces program
More than 1,700 offers of support have poured into the government’s Bits and Pieces program from private and non-profit organizations. Offers include commercial vehicles, hotel rooms and mobile trailers, food and water services, hospital gowns, face masks, ventilators and other personal protective equipment. More information is available online.
List of essential workplaces
The list of essential workplaces that can continue to operate in Alberta can be found online.
- The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
- This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately.
- Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
- For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.