Update 218: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (May 3, 5:15 p.m.)
Starting May 4, teachers and child care workers can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Please follow all public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health-care system.
Over the last 24 hours, 2,012 new cases were identified.
There are 658 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 154 in intensive care.
There are 23,608 active cases in the province.
To date, 171,212 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
In the last 24 hours, there were four additional COVID-related deaths reported: three on April 30 and one on May 1.
The testing positivity rate was 13.2 per cent.
There were 15,058 tests (4,208,791 total) completed in the last 24 hours and a total of 2,052,795 people tested overall.
All zones across the province have cases:
Calgary Zone: 9,942 active cases and 68,006 recovered
South Zone: 1,261 active cases and 9,345 recovered
Edmonton Zone: 6,033 active cases and 62,384 recovered
North Zone: 3,478 active cases and 17,506 recovered
Central Zone: 2,807 active cases and 13,953 recovered
87 active cases and 18 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
Additional information, including case totals, is online.
Alberta has identified 1,900 additional cases of variants of concern, bringing the provincial total to 35,014.
Currently, 808 schools, about 33 per cent, are on alert or have outbreaks, with 5,358 cases in total.
458 schools are on alert, with 1,073 total cases.
Outbreaks are declared in 350 schools, with a total of 4,285 cases.
In-school transmission has likely occurred in 678 schools. Of these, 251 have had only one new case occur as a result.
There are currently 110 active and 9,396 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home living sites.
To date, 1,246 of the 2,090 reported deaths (60 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites.
COVID-19 vaccination program
As of May 2, 1,640,303 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta. This is 36,690 doses per 100,000 population. There are now 301,398 Albertans fully vaccinated with two doses.
Starting May 4, all teachers and child care workers are eligible to book appointments through AHS or a participating pharmacy provincewide.
Legislation now allows Albertans up to three hours of paid, job-protected leave to get a 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.
New public health measures in place
New mandatory measures for junior and senior high schools, and indoor sports and fitness activities will drive down COVID-19 cases and protect lives in hot spot communities across Alberta.
Starting May 10, restrictions for visitors to continuing care facilities will be eased.
These changes will vary by site based on the design of the building, wishes of residents and other factors.
Each site must develop their own visiting approach that falls within the guidelines set out and reflects the risk tolerance of the residents who live at that site.
Businesses and service providers are no longer required to have a health-care provider oversee their rapid testing program.
Rapid tests are available for employers.
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 May 3, 313,891 Albertans were using the ABTraceTogether app, 68 per cent on iOS and 32 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.
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