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We all play a role in limiting COVID-19 spread & protecting ourselves. By following the public health rules and the spirit behind them, we can get back on track and save lives.

The numbers don't lie. We are in a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the delta variant being the most common variant of concern in Alberta. Those who are unvaccinated or have only received one dose of a COVID vaccine are at highest risk for infection.

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The Big Picture: Regional and Provincial COVID-19 Stats

Last updated September 16, 2021

Important Local COVID-19 News

COVID-19: Stay Current on the Most Recent Developments

Scroll down to find critical information, answers to common questions, and links to different resources.
Updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta

State of Public Health Emergency Declared

On September 15, the Province declared a State of Public Health Emergency. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, largely in unvaccinated Albertans. New measures to protect the healthcare system, stop the spread, and increase vaccination rates are now in effect province-wide. Find out what you need to do.
Restriction exemption program

Starting September 20, discretionary events and businesses must implement the Restrictions Exemption Program requiring proof of vaccination or negative rapid test result to continue operating as usual, OR follow capacity and operating restrictions as outlined on the page below.

Business requirements

Businesses that implement the Restrictions Exemption Program would operate as usual, provided they are serving only people who have proof of immunization or who have a recent privately-paid negative test, as per the requirements in place.

This means they could immediately and without restriction serve any individual eligible for vaccination who:

  • Has proof of double vaccination (note that for a transitional period between September 20 and October 25, 2021, proof of a single dose would be considered acceptable as long as the dose was given two weeks or more before the time of service)
  • Has documentation of a medical exemption
  • Has proof of a recent (within the previous 72 hours) negative COVID-19 test (either PCR or Rapid Test). The test may not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
  • Those under 12 would not need to provide proof of immunization or a negative test to enter a participating business
  • This program would not apply to businesses or entities that need to be accessed for daily living

Proof of negative test

To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people aged 12 and older can show proof of a negative test result.

  • Tests must be privately-paid COVID-19 PCR or rapid tests completed within 72 hours
  • Tests must not be from Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories

Proof of vaccination

To enter spaces participating in the Restrictions Exemption Program, people ages 12 and older can provide proof of vaccination or documentation of a medical exemption.

  • September 20 to October 25: proof of a single dose is considered acceptable as long as the dose was given more than 2 weeks before the time of service
  • After October 25: proof of double vaccination is required

Access your vaccine records online (through MyHealth Records)

WHO'S IN THE HOSPITAL BEDS?

  • Patients with 1 - 2 vaccinations (13%)
  • Patients with 0 vaccinations (87%)

The number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and intensive care units are important indicators of how severely the pandemic is affecting Albertans, and the amount of stress it's placing on the province's health care system.

A sizable majority of COVID-19 patients in Alberta hospitals and intensive care units is unvaccinated.

Book Your Shot

Book your shot at a participating pharmacy, through the AHS online booking tool or call Health Link 811. Every Albertan who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated.

Assess Yourself Online

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able. at a participating pharmacy, through the AHS online booking tool or call Health Link 811.

Every Albertan who can get vaccinated should get vaccinated.

Help Prevent the Spread

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.
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical (social) distance between each other. Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • Avoiding crowded places and gatherings
  • Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • Limiting contact with people at higher risk (older adults and those in poor health)
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible

Other steps you can take:

  • Wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms

Learn more about physical distancing

Important Numbers

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans

The provincial and federal governments are taking immediate and significant action to help Albertans facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Service Canada is ready to help

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. They are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.

Situation Reports

We all play a role in limiting COVID-19 spread & protecting ourselves. By following the public health rules and the spirit behind them, we can get back on track and save lives.