Alberta / covid 19

Alberta has identified 41 additional cases of variants of concern, bringing the provincial total to 775; 364 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

News Release


Update 200: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (March 11, 4:30 p.m.)

Rapid test use is being expanded across the province to help protect Albertans. Continue to follow all health guidelines in place to protect each other and the health-care system.

Latest updates

Over the last 24 hours, 364 new cases were identified.

There are 259 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 38 in intensive care.

There are 4,488 active cases in the province.

To date, 130,716 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.

In the last 24 hours, there were five additional COVID-related deaths reported: one on Jan. 15, one on March 9, and three on March 10.

The testing positivity rate was four per cent.

There was an increase of 10,167 tests (3,502,457 total) for a total of 1,846,200 people tested.

All zones across the province have cases:

Calgary Zone: 1,654 active cases and 50,159 recovered

South Zone: 438 active cases and 6,350 recovered

Edmonton Zone: 1,147 active cases and 52,524 recovered

North Zone: 813 active cases and 11,612 recovered

Central Zone: 431 active cases and 9,978 recovered

Five active cases and 93 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed

Additional information, including case totals, is online.

Alberta has identified 41 additional cases of variants of concern, bringing the provincial total to 775.

B.1.1.7 U.K. variant: 760 cases

B.1.351 South African variant: 15 cases

Currently, 256 schools, about 11 per cent, are on alert or have outbreaks, with 1,017 cases in total.

188 schools are on alert, with 371 total cases.

Outbreaks are declared in 68 schools, with a total of 646 cases.

In-school transmission has likely occurred in 194 schools. Of these, 105 have had only one new case occur as a result.

There are currently 114 active and 9,150 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home living sites.

To date, 1,223 of the 1,933 reported deaths (63 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites.


Rapid testing update

More than 924,000 rapid tests are being used to help protect workers, students and vulnerable Albertans from COVID-19.

A pilot project for rapid tests in schools will also be launched shortly.


COVID-19 vaccination program

As of March 10, 317,574 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta. This is 7,181.9 doses per 100,000 population. There are now 91,366 Albertans fully vaccinated with two doses.

Starting March 11, Albertans born in 1959 or 1960, and First Nation, Métis or Inuit individuals born in 1974 and 1975, can book an appointment for AstraZeneca (COVIShield). Albertans born between 1958 and 1971 and First Nation, Métis or Inuit individuals born between 1973 and 1986 will be eligible to book by year of birth, one year at a time, over the coming days dependent on the AstraZeneca (COVIShield) vaccine supply.

Bookings for Phase 2A of the COVID-19 vaccine program will begin the week of March 15.

Albertans born in 1946 or earlier are encouraged to book their appointment.

The province is extending the period between first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Alberta’s phased approach to vaccination focuses first on priority health-care workers and those who are at highest risk of severe outcomes.


Step 2 restrictions in effect

Updated health measures are in place for retail, hotels and community halls, performance groups, and youth sports, performance and recreation.


Funding for Alberta’s critical workers

The Critical Worker Benefit provides $1,200 to approximately 380,000 public and private sector workers in Alberta.

This includes workers in health care, social services, education and private sectors who deliver critical services to Albertans or support food and medical supply chains.

The funds are applied for by employers in the private sector, or automatically distributed to qualifying employees in the public sector.


Schools

Strong public health measures remain in place to support the health and safety of students, teachers and staff.


COVID Care Teams outreach

If you or others in your home have been directed to self-isolate/quarantine by Alberta Health Services and are unable to do so safely at home, please contact 211 to discuss options, including accessing an assigned hotel to safely isolate (free of charge). Financial assistance may also be available in the amount of $625, upon completion of the self-isolation period.


Enforcement of public health measures

The government has granted certain Alberta peace officers and community peace officers temporary authority to enforce public health orders.

Not following mandatory restrictions will result in fines of $1,000 per ticketed offence and up to $100,000 through the courts.


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 isolate and be tested.

As of March 11, 310,500 Albertans were using the ABTraceTogether app, 66 per cent on iOS and 34 per cent on Android.

Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.


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 500,000 Albertans have MHR accounts.


Influenza immunization

All Albertans, especially seniors and those at risk, are encouraged to get immunized against influenza.

To date, 1,560,596 Albertans have received their flu shot.


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. Resources are also available online.

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.


Alberta’s government is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by protecting lives and livelihoods with precise measures to bend the curve, sustain small businesses and protect Alberta’s health-care system.

Quick facts

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.


Related information

COVID-19 info for Albertans

COVID-19 aggregate data

COVID-19 Outbreak data


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