Update 213: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (April 15, 5 p.m.)
AstraZeneca is available to everyone aged 55 to 64, including on a walk-in basis in Calgary and Edmonton. Continue following all public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health-care system.
Over the last 24 hours, 1,646 new cases were identified.
There are 416 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 86 in intensive care.
There are 16,223 active cases in the province.
To date, 147,920 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
In the last 24 hours, there were five additional COVID-related deaths reported: one on April 13 and four on April 14.
The testing positivity rate was 9.5 per cent.
There was an increase of 17,198 tests (3,906,400 total) for a total of 1,966,107 people tested.
All zones across the province have cases:
Calgary Zone: 7,329 active cases and 57,615 recovered
South Zone: 930 active cases and 8,134 recovered
Edmonton Zone: 4,201 active cases and 56,365 recovered
North Zone: 2,174 active cases and 14,189 recovered
Central Zone: 1,515 active cases and 11,592 recovered
74 active cases and 25 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
Additional information, including case totals, is online.
Alberta has identified 1,020 additional cases of variants of concern, bringing the provincial total to 13,952.
Currently, 478 schools, about 20 per cent, are on alert or have outbreaks, with 2,772 cases in total.
290 schools are on alert, with 641 total cases.
Outbreaks are declared in 188 schools, with a total of 2,131 cases.
In-school transmission has likely occurred in 420 schools. Of these, 173 have had only one new case occur as a result.
There are currently 115 active and 9,223 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home living sites.
To date, 1,242 of the 2,034 reported deaths (61 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites.
COVID-19 vaccination program
As of April 14, 1,043,570 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta. This is 23,343 doses per 100,000 population. There are now 202,841 Albertans fully vaccinated with two doses.
Participating pharmacies in Edmonton and Calgary are now offering AstraZeneca vaccines for Albertans aged 55 to 64 on a walk-in basis. Starting April 17, two AHS walk-in clinics will open in Edmonton and Calgary for AstraZeneca vaccine for eligible Albertans. Appointments are also available through AHS and participating pharmacies.
More than one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in Alberta.
More than 700 pharmacies now offer immunizations, with further expansions by the end of the month.
Starting April 19, selected physician clinics will offer vaccinations in their clinics.
Alberta’s phased approach to vaccination focuses first on priority health-care workers and those who are at highest risk of severe outcomes.
Alberta Education has approved requests from public and Catholic schools in Calgary to temporarily shift Grades 7 to 12 to at-home learning.
Rapid tests will soon be available to additional schools across Alberta.
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.
Public health measures in place
Targeted restrictions are in place to bend the curve of new COVID-19 infections. These mandatory, provincewide restrictions are helping protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19.
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 April 15, 312,647 Albertans were using the ABTraceTogether app, 69 per cent on iOS and 31 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.
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.
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.