Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Account run by staff, providing public health updates on COVID-19. Essential info: alberta.ca/COVID19

Alberta
Joined March 2020
I would like to provide a #COVID19AB update on Omicron variant. Since Dec. 3 we have confirmed 8 new cases of the variant, bringing our total to 12. 11 cases in AB have been identified in returning travelers & 1 is a household contact.(1/9)
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These individuals are isolating, and all appropriate public health follow-up is underway. To date, only mild symptoms have been reported & these individuals are recovering at home. As w/the other cases, these individuals have done nothing wrong & should not be stigmatized.(2/9)
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Some household members of these cases have tested positive for COVID but have not yet been confirmed as Omicron. 1 household contact recently attended an elementary school in North Zone & 1 attended a high school. Out of an abundance of caution, we have notified the schools.(3/9)
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The schools will notify any potentially exposed groups & additional testing is being recommended. It is recommended that anyone who receives a notification letter go for testing & monitor for symptoms. Anyone w/COVID-19 symptoms must isolate & should be tested through AHS.(4/9)
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As an additional measure, Alberta Health will provide these 2 schools rapid tests to distribute. These tests will help parents/guardians monitor at home. If a child tests positive on a rapid test they must isolate immediately.(5/9)
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Unvaccinated children may continue to attend school & childcare but should avoid crowded public places for 14 days after the last exposure. Fully vaccinated may continue to attend school & other activities but should monitor closely for symptoms.(6/9)
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As a reminder, there are mitigation strategies in schools such as mandatory masking for students in Gr 4-12, recommended masking for K-3 students, mandatory cohorting for K-6 & mandatory masking for school & childcare staff.(7/9)
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Each morning, staff, students & visitors should assess whether they feel well enough to attend school. Parents/guardians should assess their children daily, as usual, for any new signs or symptoms of illness using the Alberta Daily Health Checklist.(8/9) open.alberta.ca/publications…
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Finding additional cases is not unexpected, and identifying these cases early is a testament to the work of our public health lab & front-line public health teams. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully & keep Albertans updated.(9/9)
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Here is a summary of the latest #COVID19AB numbers: There are now 395 people in hospital due to COVID-19. Of the 317 non-ICU, 66.9% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Of the 78 in ICU, 82% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. (1/4)
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In the last 24 hours, we ID’d 349 new cases of COVID-19 from about 9.7K tests. Complete, up-to-date data can be found at alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-… (2/4)
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Sadly, 1 new death related to COVID-19 was reported to Alberta Health in the last 24 hours. I send my condolences to the loved ones of this individual, and to anyone who is grieving a loss from any cause. (3/4)
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Albertans aged 60+ are eligible to book third doses of mRNA #COVID19AB vaccine if it has been at least six months since their second dose. Appointments start Dec 6 and can be booked online at alberta.ca/vaccine or by calling 811. (4/4)
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Dr. Deena Hinshaw retweeted
Ayla, 6, receives her first COVID-19 immunization with the support of her mom and her cute koala stuffie. To make your child’s experience more comfortable, learn about the steps you can take before, during and after immunization at ahs.ca/vaccinecomfort. #ShotofHope
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Here is a summary of the latest #COVID19AB numbers: There are now 419 people in hospital due to COVID-19. Of the 343 non-ICU, 68.2% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Of the 76 in ICU, 82.8% are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. (1/4)
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In the last 24 hours, we ID’d 366 new cases of COVID-19 from about 9.5K tests. We identified one additional case of the Omicron variant in AB, in a recently returned traveller from Nigeria. Up-to-date data can be found at alberta.ca/covid-19-alberta-… (2/4)
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Sadly, 2 new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported to Alberta Health in the last 24 hours. I send my sympathies to anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one today, from COVID-19 or any other cause. (3/4)
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We are now in influenza season and I’d like to remind Albertans that anyone aged 6 mths and older can get a free influenza immunization. Flu shots are available at by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Information available at alberta.ca/influenza. (4/4)
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Dr. Deena Hinshaw retweeted
Violet has wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine ever since her sister and parents got it. The nine-year-old hopes she’ll soon be able to travel and have sleepovers like she used to before the pandemic.
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