Update 234: COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta (June 29, 3:45 p.m.)
Vaccinations are the most effective way to protect yourself, your community and all Albertans. Book your appointment as soon as possible.
Over the last 24 hours, 61 new cases were identified.
There are 170 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 36 in intensive care.
There are 1,132 active cases in the province.
To date, 228,480 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
In the last 24 hours, four deaths were reported: one on Nov. 18, 2020 and three on Nov. 19, 2020.
The testing positivity rate was 1.6 per cent.
There were 3,453 tests (4,685,899 total) completed in the last 24 hours and a total of 2,184,502 people tested overall.
All zones across the province have cases:
Calgary Zone: 615 active cases and 93,131 recovered
South Zone: 34 active cases and 12,325 recovered
Edmonton Zone: 169 active cases and 76,422 recovered
North Zone: 185 active cases and 26,106 recovered
Central Zone: 126 active cases and 20,488 recovered
Three active cases and eight recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
Additional information, including case totals, is online.
Alberta has identified 16 additional cases of variants of concern, bringing the provincial total to 49,127.
Currently, 130 schools, about five per cent, are on alert or have outbreaks, with 1,051 cases in total.
75 schools are on alert, with 195 total cases.
Outbreaks are declared in 55 schools, with a total of 856 cases.
In-school transmission has likely occurred in 904 schools since Jan. 11. Of these, 280 have had only one new case occur as a result.
There are currently five active and 9,734 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home living sites.
To date, 1,259 of the 2,299 reported deaths (55 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites.
COVID-19 vaccination program
As of June 28, 4,226,408 doses have been administered in Alberta.
72.7 per cent of eligible Albertans aged 12-plus have now received at least one dose and 40.7 per cent are fully vaccinated with two doses.
Effective June 29, Alberta is using the July 2020 population data provided by Statistics Canada to calculate the percentage of immunized Albertans.
All Albertans aged 12 and up are able to book appointments for their second doses now.
Legislation allows Albertans up to three hours of paid, job-protected leave to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
Albertans are able to track vaccination rates in their local geographic area.
Open for Summer Plan
Alberta has reached the 70 per cent threshold for Stage 3 of the Open for Summer Plan, which is slated to begin on July 1.
Stage 2 of Alberta’s Open for Summer Plan is in effect until July 1.
Open for Summer Lottery
Albertans can now win NHL and CFL prizes just for getting vaccinated.
Alberta’s government will hold three draws for $1 million each and many other prizes through the Open for Summer Lottery to incentivize Albertans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Albertans are encouraged to book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments as soon as possible.
Enforcement of public health measures
Fines for non-compliance with public health measures are $2,000.
Employers and service providers can apply to implement a rapid COVID-19 testing program in their organization.
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.
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 June 28, 315,528 Albertans were using the ABTraceTogether app, 68 per cent on iOS and 32 per cent on Android.
MyHealth Records quick access
Parents and guardians can access the COVID-19 test results and immunization records for children under the age of 18 through MyHealth Records (MHR) as soon as they are ready.
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.
Alberta Connects Contact Centre (310-4455) is open Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.