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Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Saturday, May 22

Albertans heading out for a weekend of camping should stay with members of the same household and make advance preparations, like stocking up at home, to help minimize contact with others, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said earlier this week.

Those enjoying May long weekend should stay vigilant, Hinshaw said earlier this week

'It’s a special occasion. I have the dress. I might as well wear it out somewhere,' said Alberta resident Muriel Charlebois, 15, who wore her Grade 9 grad dress to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (AHS)

The latest on restrictions:

  • Albertans heading out for a weekend of camping should stay with members of the same household and make advance preparations, like stocking up at home, to help minimize contact with others, the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw urged earlier this week.
  • Alberta has announced new COVID-19 quarantine rules: Fully vaccinated Albertans no longer have to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms.
  • And people who have had one shot can have their isolation time reduced.
  • Almost all Alberta K-12 students are to return to classrooms on Tuesday with the exception of students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, who will stay home one more week.
  • Several organizations that run summer camps for kids in southern Alberta — including YMCA's Camp Chief Hector, Easter Seals Camp Horizon, and Kids Cancer Care's Camp Kindle — are cancelling this year's overnight offerings as the province continues to grapple with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • AHS says one positive case of COVID-19 has now been directly linked to the 'anti-lockdown' rodeo held to protest provincial COVID-19 restrictions near Bowden, Alta. earlier this month.
  • The government introduced a bundle of tougher public-health restrictions again on May 4, to slow the spread of COVID-19 — measures Premier Jason Kenney said were needed to keep the health-care system from being overwhelmed.
  • The new public health measures apply to all parts of Alberta except those with fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 people. 
  • The full list of current restrictions is available on the province's website.

The latest on vaccines:

  • More than 76,000 doses of vaccine were administered in Alberta on May 20, setting a new record, Kenney tweeted on Friday.
  • 2,460,857 vaccine doses have been administered in Alberta, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-Oxford. 
  • 384 adverse events following immunization have been reported. The most common are allergic reactions, swelling of glands, and diarrhea/vomiting. Together these make up the majority of the adverse events reported.
  • 47.3 per cent of Alberta's population has now received at least one dose of vaccine.
  • 347,008 Albertans are fully immunized (two doses) — 7.6 per cent of the population.
  • A pop-up vaccination clinic in Calgary is reaching out to people who may be falling through the cracks. The Calgary Alpha House Society has partnered with Alberta Health and Safeworks to provide vaccinations for their clients, and anyone experiencing homelessness. The clinic will run twice a week until June.
  • Hinshaw says people who got their first dose of vaccine outside of the province can get a second dose in Alberta with proof of vaccination, which will be entered into their health records.
  • Canadians looking to drive across the border to the United States for the sole purpose of getting a COVID-19 vaccine are not exempt from mandatory quarantine upon their return. In a statement late Wednesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada said quarantine exemptions now in place are not intended for those travelling abroad to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease. Earlier this week, Albertans who attended a Montana vaccination clinic were told they were exempted from having to quarantine for 14 days.

(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.)

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The latest COVID-19 numbers:

  • Alberta reported 621 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and six more deaths. 
  • There were 15,502 active cases.
  • Alberta continues to have the highest active-case rate (active cases per 100,000 people) of all provinces and territories in Canada, but Manitoba is catching up.
  • The rate of active cases was 375 per 100,000 people in Alberta.
  • The daily test positivity rate was 6.7 per cent.
  • There were 617 people in hospital with COVID-19, including 164 in intensive care
  • There have now been 2,170 COVID deaths
  • 205,960 Albertans are considered to have recovered from COVID-19.
  • The latest R-value reported for the province was 0.84, meaning the virus is spreading to less than one person for each confirmed case.
  • Three of Calgary's four adult hospitals are once again dealing with a number of COVID-19 outbreaks. The outbreaks are driven by the variant first discovered in the U.K. Rockyview General Hospital has three impacted units including four patients and one healthcare worker. An outbreak at Peter Lougheed Centre involves one patient. And Foothills Medical Centre has two units on outbreak including four patients.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart says it is now offering rapid antigen COVID-19 tests for asymptomatic people at all its pharmacies in Ontario and Alberta. The tests have to be purchased.

See which regions are being hit hardest:

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

  • Calgary zone: 6,964 active cases, down from 7,532 active cases reported on Friday (83,249 recovered).
  • Edmonton zone: 3,729, down from 3,966 (70,973 recovered).
  • North zone: 2,375, down from 2,507 (22,670 recovered).
  • South zone: 803, down from 837 (11,145 recovered).
  • Central zone: 1,627, down from 1,726 (17,906 recovered).
  • Unknown: 4, down from 7 (17 recovered).

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

Find out which neighbourhoods or communities have the most cases, how hard people of different ages have been hit, the ages of people in hospital, how Alberta compares to other provinces and more in: Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta — and what they mean.

Here are the latest Alberta COVID-19 stories:

How Alberta compares to other provinces and territories:

With files from The Canadian Press

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