Robson Fletcher

Data Journalist

Robson Fletcher's work for CBC Calgary focuses on data, analysis and investigative journalism. He joined CBC in 2015 after spending the previous decade working as a reporter and editor at newspapers in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba.

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These charts show how much more often unvaccinated Albertans are being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19

Recent rates of hospitalization, intensive care unit (ICU) admission and death among unvaccinated Albertans have been at least eight times higher — and as much as 60 times higher — compared to the fully vaccinated population, depending on which age range you look at.

Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta — and what they mean

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, there are so many numbers flying around, it's hard to keep track. Here, we'll do our best to keep track for you, with new charts updated daily and the context surrounding the data.

More Albertans are in ICU with COVID-19 than ever — and it's expected to get worse

Alberta's fourth wave of COVID-19 has put the greatest strain on the province's health-care system to date, with about 200 patients now being treated in intensive care units and internal modelling suggesting the situation could get worse for weeks to come.

Albertans had highest rate of COVID-19 antibodies due to infection in major national blood survey

Albertans had a higher rate of COVID-19 antibodies due to a past infection than people in any other province, according to a major national blood survey conducted in early 2021.

Australian coal companies not giving up on southern Alberta mines in wake of Grassy Mountain rejection

The company behind the proposed Grassy Mountain coal mine says it is "reviewing its options" while two other companies with coal leases in the same area say they plan to continue with their own proposed mining projects.

Grassy Mountain coal project 'not in the public interest,' Alberta review panel says

A review panel for the Alberta Energy Regulator has denied the provincial application for the Grassy Mountain coal project, ruling that the project is "not in the public interest."

Alberta's COVID-19 vaccination rates tied to levels of formal education, data shows

An analysis of COVID-19 vaccination rates in Alberta suggests one socio-economic factor in particular is correlated to vaccine uptake: Education.

Alberta delayed 10,000 surgeries during its 3rd wave of COVID-19, which pushed ICUs to the brink

About 10,000 surgeries were delayed during Alberta's third wave of COVID-19, which pushed the province's intensive care units to the brink of capacity this spring.

PCR tests are not prone to false positives, despite what's on Facebook, experts say

Infectious disease experts are pushing back against "armchair" molecular biologists who continue to make false claims on social media about PCR tests — the primary method for detecting the virus that causes COVID-19.

We probably won't reach herd immunity against COVID-19 any time soon, but it's OK, experts say

Herd immunity looks like an increasingly high bar, and it may be out of reach. But that's no reason to despair. It's not herd immunity or bust. The closer we get, the more we can return to normal life.