Editor’s note: During the pandemic, case counts have been based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing performed by provincial bodies such as Alberta Health Services, but to prioritize those testing protocols to high-priority groups and those at high risk has shifted. There is no system in Alberta to list rapid antigen tests at home, which means many people with COVID-19 are not reflected in the data.
As a result, Nation World News will not emphasize case counts in our coverage, in favor of data and metrics that now experts say are more illuminating – including hospitalizations and wastewater monitoring.
- Health Minister Jason Kopping and Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Dina Hinshaw provided a Update May 25. The next update will be held in two weeks, on June 8.
- By the end of the day on May 23, 1,040 people were in the hospital with this disease, from below Last week 1,165 people.
- 31 people were in intensive care, from below 42 last week,
- 55 new COVID deaths Reports were made between May 17 and May 23. gross 4,452 Alberton has died of the disease.
- were there 2,737 new COVID-19 cases reported Out of 16,053 tests, The case count includes only those who test positive on a PCR test, which most Albertans cannot access.
- average positivity rate was 17.52 percentcompared with 19.93 percent Last week.
- Hinshaw said the BA.2 wave in Alberta is declining faster in smaller centers than in Edmonton and Calgary.
- He said the first case of the BA.4 variant was identified in Alberta last week.
- Copping said that starting May 26, Evusheld, a drug that can prevent people with weakened immune systems from getting COVID-19, will be available to eligible Albertans.
- Starting May 4, the province is now allowing community providers, such as family physicians, to prescribe Paxlovid to people eligible for COVID-19 treatment. A positive rapid test will now be accepted to confirm the COVID-19 infection to determine Paxlovid.
- The eligibility list for Paxlovid now includes all Albertans 60 and up – and Indigenous people 50 and up – with 2 doses or less of the vaccine and At least one pre-existing condition. Also Albertans 70 and up – and indigenous peoples 60 and older – with three or fewer doses and Two or more pre-existing conditions.
- a . data from alberta Dashboard created Shows the average amount of COVID-19 detected in wastewater by the University of Calgary Center for Health Informatics. data is publicly updated three times a week.
- Copping says wastewater levels in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer are long before its peaksBut it continues to show that there are high levels of virus circulating.
- The virus is shed in people’s feces before symptoms occur, so the values of the data are strongest with cases occurring up to six days after the samples were collected.
- A note on reading wastewater charts: The numbers taken from different wastewater treatment facilities use different testing and collection methods. Because of this, comparisons across cities cannot be made directly and must only assess trends. For example, there is an upward trend in readings in both Edmonton and Calgary, but one cannot say whether the levels are higher in one city or the other.
Latest on sanctions:
- almost all epidemics Public health measures removed in the province on March 1, as the government of Alberta began Phase 2 of its reopening plan.
- This phase removes indoor masking, remaining school requirements, screening of youth for recreation and sports, removal of capacity limits at all large venues and entertainment venues, limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings and mandatory work from home.
- Masking is still required In high-risk settings, including Alberta Health Services-operated and contracted facilities, all continuing care settings, and municipal transit services. The rule does not cover private services such as taxis or Uber trips.
- As of February 14, there are No masking requirement for children And there are no masking requirements for children 12 years of age and younger and children and youth in schools of any age.
- first round came into effect from 16 February and ban waiver program removed,
- Premier Jason Kenney says the province is working a third stepWhich has no date, where people will not need to isolate if they have COVID-19, and will remove COVID operational and outbreak protocols in continuing care facilities.
- Copping said that the phases are all situation-based approaches, Based on hospitalization trends.
- According to Alberta Health, 77.1 percent of the population of the province – or 87 percent Of those over 12 – have received two doses of a COVID vaccine.
- According to data from Alberta Health, 44.5 percent Albertans 12 and up have three doses Why vaccine?
- As of April 12, all Alberta people age 70 and older, First Nations, Métis and Inuit people who are 65 years of age and older, and all senior citizens in collective care can receive a fourth dose of the vaccine.
- Albertans 12 to 17 are eligible for their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if it has been five months since their second dose.
- Children between the ages of 6 and 11 have the option of getting the Moderna vaccine until April 12.
Area wise hospitalization:
By the end of the day on May 23, there were 1,040 Albertans in hospital with COVID.
- Calgary Region: 411.
- Edmonton Area: 344.
- Central Zone: 134.
- North Zone: 90.
- South Zone: 61.