Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Tuesday, June 8

The latest COVID-19 figures:

  • Alberta reported 127 new cases of COVID-19 Monday and two more deaths.
  • the active case rate is 106.45 per 100,000 inhabitants.
  • There is 4,707 active cases.
  • At the time of Monday’s provincial update, there was 351 people hospitalized in Alberta – a decrease of nine from the previous day. From these, 94 were in intensive care units. Sunday marked the first time since April 16 that fewer than 100 COVID-19 patients have been in intensive care unit beds in Alberta.
  • the rate of active cases was 110 per 100,000 inhabitants in Alberta.
  • Provincial laboratories completed 4,027 tests in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate was 3.2 percent.
  • There has now been 2,248 COVID deaths.
  • 222,364 Albertans are considered to have recovered from COVID-19.
  • The last R-value declared for the province was 0.74, which means that the virus spreads to less than one person for each confirmed case.
  • Alberta is re-examining all positive COVID-19 cases for variants of concern.
  • 417 schools, or 17% of schools in the province, are on alert or have epidemics with 3,409 cases in total. School transmission is believed to have occurred in 870 schools since January 11.
  • Since June 7, there are COVID-19 outbreaks in these AHS and Covenant Health acute care facilities:
    • North Zone: Athabasca Health Center, Bonnyville Health Center, Queen Elizabeth II Regional Hospital.
    • Edmonton area: University of Alberta Hospital (two units in case of outbreak).
    • Core area: Killam Health Center, Tofield Health Center.
    • Calgary area: Foothills Medical Center (four units in the event of an outbreak), South Health Campus.

The latest news on vaccines:

  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has said an additional 115,000 people are due to receive their first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine if the final step in the plan to reopen the province is to unfold later this month.
  • At a press conference Monday, Kenney said there have been 100,000 bookings over the next week. The province said Step 3, which could arrive as early as June 24, would see all health restrictions lifted as long as 70 percent of Albertans aged 12 and over had received at least one injection.
  • Alberta’s plan to reopen is directly linked to vaccination and hospitalization rates. Stage 2, due to kick off Thursday, required 60% of eligible Albertans aged 12 and older to be vaccinated. When the 70% threshold is reached and hospitalizations remain below 500, a two-week countdown to step 3 of the plan will be triggered

WATCH | Kenney talks about the immunization program:

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  • Starting Monday, 66.7 percent of Alberta’s population among eligible individuals, ages 12 and older, have now received at least one dose of vaccine and 545,853 Albertans are fully immune (two doses).
  • Alberta has now administered over three million doses COVID-19 vaccine, including Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-Oxford.
  • As part of Alberta’s newly expanded immunization program, anyone who has obtained their first dose in March can now get their second shot. Anyone who has received a dose in April can start booking on June 14, and people vaccinated in May can start booking on June 28.
  • You don’t need to wait to be contacted by AHS or a pharmacy to book your second dose once you become eligible. Reservations for the first doses remain the top priority, the province said.
  • Province says it will follow the advice of National Advisory Committee on Immunization and allow those who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for their first dose to obtain Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna for the second, or they can receive another AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • The province says 96 percent of cases since January 1, 2021 have been acquired by people not vaccinated or diagnosed within two weeks of the first dose of vaccine.
  • Fair 0.2 percent of Albertans who received their first dose of the vaccine were diagnosed with COVID-19 two or more weeks after receiving the vaccine. Over this same period, 93 percent of people who required hospital care were not vaccinated or were diagnosed with infection within two weeks of receiving their first dose.
  • AHS offers walk-in, COVID-19 first dose vaccination clinics over a three-day period at the Telus Convention Center on June 8, 9 and 10. These clinics are reserved for the first doses. Up to 2,000 Pfizer vaccines per day can be provided.
  • A mobile vaccination clinic led by Siksika Health Services will begin offering vaccines on June 8 to marginalized people, temporary foreign workers, and people who are homeless or living in supportive facilities.
  • AHS has opened a driving vaccination clinic in Calgary on June 7. The clinic, located at 911 32 Ave. NE, will be by appointment only. It will operate from 8:20 am to 9:20 pm seven days a week, with a capacity of 1,000 appointments per day. A maximum of four people in each vehicle can be immunized, but all will require booked appointments.

The latest information on restrictions and reopens:

  • Stage 1 of the reopening the plan began on June 1. Albertans can now book appointments at salons or other personal wellness services. Outside public gatherings can consist of 10 people, and restaurants are open for terrace service.
  • Retail stores can now allow 15% of their occupancy under the fire code, or five customers, whichever is greater.
  • Social gatherings indoors remain prohibited.
  • the three-step “open for summer” plan is directly related to vaccination rates and the number of hospitalizations, Kenney said.
  • With more than 60 percent of Albertans having received at least one dose of the vaccine and with hospitalizations below 500 and declining, the province is poised to move to Stage 2 on June 10.
  • What step 2 involves:
    • Outdoor social gatherings increase to 20 people, with distancing. Wedding ceremonies can take place with up to 20 participants.
    • Receptions are allowed outside only.
    • Funeral ceremonies remain unchanged with up to 20 authorized persons, not counting establishment staff, funeral clergy or organizers not considered guests. Receptions are permitted outside only.
    • Restaurants can sit tables for up to six people, indoors or outdoors. Dinners are no longer reserved for households. Physical distancing and other restrictions still apply.
    • Retail capacity increases to one-third of the fire code occupancy (must maintain distance capability).
    • Capacity for places of worship increases to a third of the occupancy of the fire prevention code.
    • Gyms and other indoor fitness open for solo and walk-in activities with a distance of three meters between participants and fitness classes can resume with a distance of three meters.
    • Interior settings can open up to a third of the fire prevention code occupancy, including indoor recreation centers. This includes arenas, cinemas, theaters, museums, art galleries and libraries.
    • Indoor and outdoor sports for young people and adults resume without restriction.
    • Youth activities, such as day camps and play centers, may resume, with restrictions.
    • Personal services and well-being can resume walk-in services.
    • Post-secondary institutions can resume in-person learning.
    • the remote work order is up but still recommended.
    • Fixed outdoor seating installations (eg grandstands) can open with a third of the seating capacity.
    • Outdoor public gatherings increase to 150 people (eg concerts / festivals), with restrictions. Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect.
  • Step 3: Two weeks later, 70 percent of Albertans aged 12 and over received at least one dose of the vaccine.
    • All restrictions are lifted, including the ban on social gatherings indoors.
    • Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and some protective measures in continuing care facilities remain.
  • A full list of current restrictions is available on the province’s website.
  • Albertans can follow the progress of immunization in the province at alberta.ca.

(Note that the last daily number of new cases in the table above will usually vary slevery day, net new cases are announced by Alberta Health. To learn more about why, click here.)

Find out which regions are hardest hit:

here is detailed regional breakdown active cases as reported by the province on Monday.

  • Calgary area: 1 911.
  • Edmonton area: 1,273.
  • Central zone: 599.
  • south zone: 243.
  • North Zone: 679.
  • Unknown: 2.

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

Find out which neighborhoods or communities have the most cases, how badly people of different ages have been affected, the ages of those hospitalized, how Alberta compares to other provinces and more in: Here are the latest COVID-19 statistics for Alberta – and what they mean.

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How Alberta Compares to Other Provinces and Territories:

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