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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, June 30

Alberta reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 out of 6,335 tests, and there are 1,055 active COVID-19 cases — the fewest active cases since August 2020.

Alberta reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 out of 6,335 tests

As of Wednesday, there are 1,055 active COVID-19 cases — the fewest active cases since August 2020 — and the positivity rate is 1.17 per cent. (Alberta Health Services)

The latest COVID-19 numbers

  • Alberta reported 76 new cases of COVID-19 out of 6,335 tests. 
  • There are 1,055 active COVID-19 cases — the fewest active cases since August 2020 — and the positivity rate is 1.17 per cent
  • There were 165 people in hospital in Alberta, and of those 34 were in intensive care units.
  • Alberta reported two more deaths, including a man in his 20s in the Central zone. There are no known comorbidities at this time in connection to his death.
  • There have now been 2,301 COVID deaths, while 228,631 Albertans are considered to have recovered from COVID-19.
  • Alberta will not report COVID-19 data on Thursday due to the statutory holiday. Updates will resume on Friday.
  • The latest R-value was 0.75, meaning the virus is spreading to fewer than one person for each confirmed case. That number has slightly decreased from the previous week.
  • 130 schools, or about five per cent, are on alert or have outbreaks, with 1,051 cases in total.
  • Another outbreak involving the delta variant has been declared on one unit at Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary on Monday.
  • Three patients and one health-care worker have tested positive for COVID-19. All cases appear to be hospital-acquired.
  • Two patients who were fully immunized have tested positive for the variant.
  • Hinshaw said there is still no timeline for when race-based COVID-19 data will be released.

The latest on restrictions and reopenings:

  • Alberta entered Stage 2 of its three-stage reopening plan on June 10, lifting many of its COVID-19 public health restrictions.
    • Masking and distancing requirements remained in place.
    • Entertainment venues, including movie theatres, casinos and museums, were allowed to reopen at one-third capacity.
    • Restaurants were allowed to seat diners inside rather than just on patios, and private outdoor social gatherings can have up to 20 people.
    • There are no longer any restrictions on youth and adult sports.
    • Up to 150 people are being allowed at public outdoor events, and grandstands for sports and other entertainment can open at one-third capacity.
  • A full list of current restrictions is available on the province's website.
  • Stage 3 of the reopening kicks in on July 1. At that time:
    • All restrictions will be lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings.
    • The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited settings or if certain communities continue it under local bylaws.
  • Edmonton city council voted on Friday to drop its mandatory mask bylaw July 1.
  • Calgary will have its mask mandate in place until at least July 5.
  • Banff town council voted to immediately end its outdoor masking bylaw on Wednesday morning, but will maintain indoor masking until July 1.
  • In terms of travel, fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to enter Canada without undergoing quarantine starting the night of July 5, the federal government announced on June 21. However, Canadians and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated will need to show documents proving they received doses of vaccines approved in Canada at least 14 days prior to entering the country.
  • Officials said travellers must electronically submit COVID-19-related information to the government's ArriveCAN app before arriving, meet the pre- and on-arrival test requirements, be asymptomatic and have a suitable quarantine plan.

(Note the latest daily count of new cases in the above chart will usually vary slightly from the net new cases Alberta Health announces each day. For more on why, click here.)

The latest on vaccines:

  • Alberta has changed how it reports the percentage of Albertans who have been vaccinated. It is now measuring the total population using Statistics Canada data from July 2020. 
  • 34.6 per cent of all Albertans have been fully vaccinated, and 61.8 per cent of the total population has been vaccinated with one dose (72.7 per cent of those ages 12 and up). 
  • Alberta has administered 4,266,408 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-Oxford.
  • Hinshaw said that due to dropping demand, Alberta has more than 4,000 doses of AstraZeneca that will expire July 1.
  • Anyone who received their first mRNA (Pfizer or Moderna) dose in May or earlier can book their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Also, anyone who received a first mRNA dose in June can also now book their second dose once four weeks have passed since their first shot.
  • Alberta is offering $3 million in lottery winnings to encourage more people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Three $1-million prizes will be available for Albertans aged 18 and over who have had at least one dose. To register, eligible Albertans must fill out their information at alberta.ca/lottery.
  • The province expects to receive fewer Pfizer doses in the coming weeks than it had anticipated. But an increase in Moderna shipments means Alberta will see an overall increase in supply of mRNA vaccines in July.
  • Canada's national advisory committee on immunization says Moderna and Pfizer can be used interchangeably because they use the same mRNA technology. 
  • The province allows those who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for their first dose to get either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for the second, or they can get another AstraZeneca vaccine shot.
  • Alberta Health Services says due to a booking error, about 2,400 appointments at the Genesis Centre COVID-19 immunization clinic in northeast Calgary on Monday and Tuesday are being rescheduled. Around 2,500 people had been booked for immunization at the centre on each of those days. 

You can see active cases by local health area on the following interactive map. Scroll, zoom and click on the map for more information:

See which regions are being hit hardest:

Here is the detailed regional breakdown of active cases as reported by the province on Wednesday.

  • Calgary zone: 565.
  • Edmonton zone: 158.
  • Central zone: 118.
  • South zone: 30.
  • North zone: 181.
  • Unknown: 3.

Here are the latest Alberta COVID-19 stories:

With files from The Canadian Press

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