The newest COVID-19 numbers and restrictions:
- Alberta is predicted to report new numbers at roughly 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
- Alberta reported 1,690 new instances of COVID-19 on Friday — with a testing positivity charge of 9.65 per cent — because the province continues to file case counts within the vary seen final December, in the course of the peak of the pandemic’s second wave.
- Alberta’s complete energetic instances rose to 19,446, up from 19,182 reported Thursday and rapidly closing in on the earlier excessive of 21,138 hit on the peak of the second COVID-19 wave in December.
- On account of a rise within the variety of Albertans within the Calgary zone requesting a COVID-19 take a look at, it could take three to 5 days from the time somebody makes a request to when testing happens, AHS mentioned Thursday.
- AHS will function a COVID-19 testing trailer in Banff on April 24 and 25, within the parking zone beside the city’s Neighborhood Well being Centre at Wolf and Lynx streets, the City of Banff tweeted Friday. Bookings are required for appointments.
- Greater than 157,272 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
- The extra harmful and extremely transmissible variant instances proceed to surge and at the moment are the dominant strains of the virus in Alberta, accounting for 60 per cent of complete energetic instances.
- There at the moment are 549 folks in hospital, up from 518. There are 125 folks with COVID-19 in intensive care. 5 extra folks have died, for a complete of 2,059 deaths.
- The provincial positivity charge is 9.65 per cent, and the R-value is 1.09.
- There have been alerts or outbreaks at 612 colleges — 25 per cent of all colleges in Alberta — with 3,502 instances since Jan. 11.
(Word the newest day by day depend of recent instances within the above chart will normally range slightly from the online new instances Alberta Well being broadcasts every day. For extra on why, click on right here.)
The newest on vaccines:
- The AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccination efforts gained monumental traction when eligibility was widened Tuesday to incorporate wholesome Albertans ages 40 to 55, as many gen-Xers inundated vaccination websites and celebrated by posting vaccination selfies. Previous to that, when it was solely open to eligible Albertans ages 56 to 64, hundreds of vaccination appointments went unused amid stories of vaccine hesitancy among the many older cohort.
- Calgary’s AstraZeneca/Covishield mass vaccination web site on the Telus Conference Centre reached walk-in capability shortly after it opened at 9 a.m. Friday and will not be accepting walk-ins resulting from an enormous surge in demand within the metropolis, Alberta Well being Companies tweeted. It stays open for Albertans who’ve booked appointments.
- Stroll-in AstraZeneca vaccinations are nonetheless out there at eight different websites within the province, in Brooks, Camrose, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medication Hat and Purple Deer.
- Eligible Albertans wanting an AstraZeneca shot can guide via the AHS on-line reserving instrument and thru Well being Hyperlink 811. Many pharmacies are additionally taking bookings, though some have not acquired the vaccine.
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- In the meantime, Section 2C of the rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines started on April 12, increasing to incorporate 240,000 nurses, docs, dentists and any health-care staff in affected person care services or offering direct affected person care locally. Correctional facility employees and inmates are additionally eligible, in addition to employees and residents at shelters.
- The Alberta authorities introduced Wednesday it plans to alter employment requirements to permit staff three hours of paid go away to get vaccinated in opposition to the sickness.
- Different teams in 2C — akin to help employees at workplaces which can be in danger for giant outbreaks like meat-packing vegetation and front-line policing, in addition to residents at group houses and caregivers of Albertans liable to extreme outcomes — are anticipated to start within the following weeks.
- AHS mentioned Thursday that 1,275,287 doses of COVID-19 vaccines (together with Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-Oxford) had been administered in Alberta. There at the moment are 252,422 Albertans absolutely vaccinated with two doses.
The newest on extra harmful variants:
- Alberta introduced its first COVID-19 case linked to the B1617 variant on Thursday, the variant fuelling the case surge in India.
- There have been 1,184 new instances involving variants of concern reported on Friday. Variants now comprise 60 per cent of all energetic instances.
- There are 11,738 energetic variant instances, whereas 10,643 folks have recovered and 64 folks had died from variant infections.
- Alberta had 21,738 instances linked to variant B117, first detected in the UK, 62 instances linked to variant B1351, first detected in South Africa, and 644 instances linked to variant P1, now spreading in Brazil.
The newest on restrictions and reopenings:
- The Authorities of B.C. is proscribing all non-essential journey into or out of all well being authority areas, efficient instantly.
- The authorized orders are supposed to restrict the unfold of COVID-19, and might be in impact in B.C. till Might 25 — the top of the Might lengthy weekend.
- The province is working with police enforcement companies to introduce further measures to make sure they’ve the authority to conduct periodic roadside checks into and out of the outlined areas.
- Those that contravene the authorized order in B.C. — together with Albertans — could also be topic to a $575 fantastic, B.C. Public Security Minister Mike Farnworth mentioned Friday.
- The federal authorities mentioned Thursday that it’ll ban passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days amid rising COVID-19 case counts in India and issues about mutations of the coronavirus.
- On April 6, the Alberta authorities reimposed Step 1 restrictions, together with closing eating places and bars to in-person eating, reducing retail retailer capability to fifteen per cent and banning low-intensity group health actions.
- Edmonton will spend $12 million this yr on COVID-19 particular initiatives to assist town address and transfer previous the pandemic, metropolis council agreed Wednesday.
- Edmonton and Fort McMurray public and Catholic colleges have shifted all college students in grades 7 to 12 to on-line studying for 2 weeks, following an earlier announcement by Calgary public and Catholic colleges to do the identical.
See which areas are being hit hardest:
Alberta offered restricted knowledge on Wednesday resulting from a technical situation. Right here is the detailed regional breakdown of energetic instances as reported by the province on Friday:
- Calgary zone: 8,397 instances (61,993 recovered).
- Edmonton zone: 5,307 instances (58,705 recovered).
- North zone: 2,714 instances (15,446 recovered).
- South zone: 954 instances (8,703 recovered).
- Central zone: 2,035 instances (12,408 recovered).
- Unknown: 39 instances (17 recovered).
You possibly can see energetic instances by native well being space on the next interactive map. Scroll, zoom and click on on the map for extra data:
Discover out which neighbourhoods or communities have essentially the most instances, how laborious folks of various ages have been hit, the ages of individuals in hospital, how Alberta compares to different provinces and extra in: Listed here are the newest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta — and what they imply.
Listed here are the newest Alberta COVID-19 tales:
How Alberta compares to different provinces and territories: