Update 138: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (Nov. 9, 4 p.m.)
There are 192 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 39 in intensive care. Almost 26,000 Albertans have now recovered.
- To date, 25,826 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
- There are currently 7,965 active cases in the province.
- Over the last 24 hours, 644 new cases were identified.
- There were seven additional deaths reported, and the total number of COVID-19 deaths is now 369.
- Due to ongoing technical difficulties, exact testing figures are not available but will be shared as soon as possible.
- All zones across the province have cases:
- Calgary Zone: 3,345 active cases and 11,400 recovered
- South Zone: 497 active cases and 2,268 recovered
- Edmonton Zone: 3,175 active cases and 9,276 recovered
- North Zone: 541 active cases and 1,873 recovered.
- Central Zone: 330 active cases and 950 recovered
- 77 active cases and 59 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
- Additional information, including case totals, is online.
- Currently, about 12 per cent of schools are on alert or have outbreaks with 911 cases in total.
- Of those, 130 schools are on alert, with 158 total cases.
- Outbreaks are declared in 155 schools, including 57 that are on watch. There are 753 total cases linked to these schools.
- To date, in-school transmission has likely occurred in 123 schools. Of these, 68 have had only one new case.
- 214 schools have now been removed from the alert list.
- There are 395 active cases and 1,740 recovered cases at continuing care facilities; 236 facility residents have died.
Expanded COVID-19 measures
- Mandatory and voluntary public health measures will help protect the health system and limit the spread of COVID-19.
- All Edmonton and Calgary residents should stop holding social gatherings within their homes. Instead, socialize in structured settings where it is easier to limit risk of exposure.
- All communities on the watch list have a mandatory 15-person limit on social gatherings.
- Also for all communities on the watch list, voluntary measures are strongly recommended to limit cohorts to three and to wear masks in the workplace unless able to safely distance.
- Additional measures aim to bolster Alberta’s public health response:
- AHS is prioritizing the hiring of about 380 additional contact tracing staff that will expand the contact tracing team to more than 1,100 people.
- To support contact tracing, all Albertans should download ABTraceTogether contact tracing app.
- Alberta is reporting case numbers and information daily, including on weekends and holidays.
Albertans downloading tracer app
- All Albertans are encouraged to download the secure ABTraceTogether app, which is integrated with provincial contact tracing. The federal app is not a contact tracing app.
- Secure contact tracing is an effective tool to stop the spread by notifying people who were exposed to a confirmed case, so they can be tested and isolated.
- Early issues have been fixed so the app can run in the background of all mobile devices.
- Currently, 260,978 Albertans are using the ABTraceTogether app, 66 per cent on iOS and 34 per cent on Android. On average, 37 new users are registering every hour.
- Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.
Symptoms for children and adults
- Everyone in Alberta should monitor themselves for symptoms.
- Adults over age 18 should stay home and get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Children should refer to the daily screening checklist for instructions.
- If a child has any of the core symptoms, they need to isolate for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms or until the symptoms are gone, whichever is longer, or until they test negative for COVID-19.
- Core symptoms for children: cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell.
- For any other symptoms in a child, please assess the number of symptoms and follow the guidance in the checklist.
International traveller COVID-19 pilot
- An Alberta-Canada joint pilot program is testing an alternative to the 14-day quarantine requirement for international travellers while continuing to protect Canadians from COVID-19.
- Participants are closely monitored daily for symptoms and must follow enhanced preventive health measures, such as wearing masks in public places and avoiding visiting high-risk groups.
- Everyone, especially seniors and those at risk, is encouraged to get immunized against influenza.
- To date, more than 853,0000 Albertans had received their flu shot.
- By appointment, doctors’ offices and participating pharmacies will immunize ages five and up.
- By appointment, public health clinics will immunize ages under five, their household members; people with no provincial health number; and where they are the only provider.
School health measures
- An online map lists schools with two or more confirmed cases. The map is updated on school days.
- Government distributed more than 1.6 million reusable masks to 740,000 students and 90,000 staff.
- A re-entry tool kit is available for parents and students.
MyHealth Records quick access
- Parents and guardians can access the COVID-19 test results for children under the age of 18 through MyHealth Records (MHR) as soon as they are ready.
- More than 417,200 Albertans have MHR accounts.
Access to justice
- For the latest updates on court operations, please visit:
Alberta’s Recovery Plan
- Alberta’s Recovery Plan will create jobs, economic diversification and a strong economic future.
Supporting Alberta businesses through relaunch
- The Alberta Biz Connect web page has health and safety guidelines for general workplaces and specific industry sectors. Check online for new and updated guidance documents.
- Businesses may complete an online template to plan how to protect employees and patrons.
Addiction and mental health supports
- Confidential supports are available. The Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642 and the Addiction Help Line at 1-866-332-2322 operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Canadian Mental Health Association has resources at mentalhealthweek.ca.
- The Kids Help Phone is available 24-7 and offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people by texting CONNECT to 686868.
- Online resources provide advice on handling stressful situations and ways to talk with children.
Family violence prevention
- A 24-hour Family Violence Information Line at 310-1818 provides anonymous help in more than 170 languages.
- Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence is available at 1-866-403-8000, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- People fleeing family violence can call local police or the nearest RCMP detachment to apply for an Emergency Protection Order, or follow the steps in the Emergency Protection Orders Telephone Applications (COVID-19).
- Information sheets and other resources on family violence prevention are at alberta.ca/COVID19.
- Legally, all Albertans must physically distance and isolate when sick or with symptoms.
- Good hygiene is your best protection: wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your face, cough or sneeze into an elbow or sleeve, and dispose of tissues appropriately.
- Please share acts of kindness during this difficult time at #AlbertaCares.
- Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is open Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.