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COVID-19 Updates: Taking steps to return to normal.

Current situation

Public health measures will be lifted in 3 steps, starting February 9. We'll progress to the next steps once conditions show our health system's capacity is recovering.

Translated resources

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Cases in Alberta

  • 523,786 Total cases
  • 682 Cases on February 23
  • 509,275 Recovered cases
  • 3,885 Deaths
  • 10,626 Active cases*
  • 1,357 In hospital
  • 92 In intensive care**
  • 6,849,672 Total tests completed
  • 3,436 Tests on February 23
  • 2,726,358 People tested
  • 8,482,498 Vaccine doses as of February 23

Updated February 24. Numbers are current as of end-of-day February 23. Case numbers are updated daily Monday to Friday.
*Active cases include both community cases and hospitalizations. **ICU cases are a subset of those in hospital.

Information for Albertans

All Albertans 5+ can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone 18+ can get a booster dose 5 months after second dose. Once vaccinated, find out how to get your vaccine record with QR code.
Public health actions are in place to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on the health care system. Restrictions will be lifted in 3 steps starting February 9.
COVID-19 PCR testing is available to Albertans with clinical risk factors for severe outcomes and those who live and work in high-risk settings.
You must isolate if you test positive or have any core symptoms not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition.

Prevent the spread

  • Get vaccinated to prevent COVID-19

    • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and help prevent you from getting infected and protect you from getting severely sick if you do get it.
    • Albertans 5 and older can get vaccinated now.
    • Albertans 18 and older can get a third dose 5 months after their second dose to boost immunity.
    • Working Albertans can access 3 hours of paid, job-protected leave to get each dose of the vaccine.

    Learn more: Vaccines, boosters and records with QR codes

  • Get vaccinated to prevent Influenza

    Why get an influenza vaccine

    An influenza vaccine (flu shot) won’t prevent COVID-19 but it will reduce your chances of getting sick with influenza (flu) or spreading it to others.

    All Albertans 6 months and older are encouraged to get an influenza vaccine. It’s especially important for seniors, pregnant women, Indigenous people and people with chronic health conditions as they have a higher risk of severe complications.

    By keeping influenza counts low, we can:

    • help prevent people from being infected with COVID-19 and influenza at the same time
    • make sure our health-care system has capacity to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic
    • let health-care workers focus on treating people with other illnesses and injuries
    • reduce outbreaks in care facilities

    The vaccine is available free of charge starting October 18.

    Where to get an influenza vaccine

    • Alberta Health Services (AHS) public health clinics/sites for individuals 6 months to 4 years (and their families).
    • Some doctors’ offices for individuals 6 months old and older.
    • Participating pharmacies if 5 years old or older.

    How to book an appointment

    • Book an influenza vaccine appointment online.
    • Phone Health Link at 811 for help booking multiple appointments for children and family members.
    • Check if your community pharmacy is offering drop-in appointments.
    • Phone your physician’s office to see if they’re offering influenza vaccine appointments.

    How to get vaccinated safely

    • Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19, isolate and complete the AHS online assessment.
    • Follow safety protocols: wear a mask, wash your hands, stay 2 metres apart when possible.
    • Make an appointment at your pharmacy, physician clinic or public health site and arrive as close to the appointment time as you can.
    • Fill out forms online when possible.

    Staff and volunteers at clinics and venues offering influenza vaccination must follow their employer’s policies for COVID-19 screening.

  • Practice good hygiene

    In addition to getting vaccinated, practicing good hygiene habits can protect you and those around you from spreading COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.

    • Stay home if you are feeling sick.
    • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
    • Avoid touching your face.
  • Gather safely

    Mandatory restriction - Updated December 17

    Indoor social gatherings

    • Indoor private social gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people 18 and older.
    • There are no limits on people 17 and under if accompanied by their parent or guardian. It attending the gathering by themselves, they will count towards the maximum limit of 10 people.

    Outdoor social gatherings

    • Outdoor private social gatherings limited to a maximum of 20 people, with 2 metre physical distancing at all times.

    Learn more about gathering limits and other public health actions

  • Monitor your symptoms

    COVID-19 symptoms are similar to influenza and other respiratory illnesses and can range from mild to severe. Even people with mild symptoms can spread COVID-19 to others.

    If you have any symptom, stay home and take the online assessment.

  • Isolate if required

    Isolation and quarantine requirements are in place for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms.

  • How it spreads

    COVID-19 is transmitted though tiny droplets of liquid produced by people who have the virus. The virus spreads by:

    • breathing in air that contains infected droplets from people coughing, sneezing, talking, laughing, and singing
    • touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth (bath towels, kitchen utensils, door knobs, etc.)

    People who have COVID-19 can spread it to others before they start to feel sick.

    COVID-19 does not appear to regularly transmit like measles through long-range transmission, but there are circumstances that raise the risk of aerosol transmission, such as crowded or poorly ventilated indoor spaces where people are engaging in activities like singing or high intensity exercise. Individuals and businesses should apply mitigation strategies where these risks exist.

    We think the virus generally only survives for a few hours on a surface or object, but it may be possible for it to survive several days under some conditions.

  • Variants of concern

    Variants of concern spread more easily than the original COVID-19 strain, which could result in more severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths.

    Alberta is monitoring for variants of concern. The B.1.1.529 (Omicron) variant is the dominant strain in our province.

    Symptoms in variant cases are so far reported to be the same as the original virus, including cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, and sore throat.

    Learn more about COVID-19 variants

Financial supports

Get help

Info for organizations and vulnerable Albertans

  • Caregivers support

    Nearly one million Albertans act as caregivers for loved ones experiencing challenges related to illness, disability or aging. These caregivers need support too.

    Caregivers can get psychosocial and other peer and community supports by calling the toll-free caregiver advisor line at 1-877-453-5088 or going online to caregiversalberta.ca.

  • Expectant parents

    Pregnant people have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 than for those who are not pregnant.

    Infected pregnant people may also have a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth, compared to those who are pregnant without COVID-19.

    Because of this, pregnant people are encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no evidence vaccines are harmful when pregnant or breastfeeding.

    Resources

  • COVID Care Teams

    We are working with the cities of Calgary and Edmonton to access local agencies and organizations to provide on-the-ground support to communities experiencing a high number of cases of COVID-19, compared to other areas across the province.

    Residents in these communities may face barriers that could contribute to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission:

    • employment in public-facing, higher risk jobs – for example, front-line health care, maintenance, transportation
    • live in higher density, multi-family or multi-generational homes
    • are a newcomer to Alberta and may not have supports in place
    • have English language barriers
    • earn a lower than average income

    To help address these barriers, COVID Care Teams will:

    • distribute care packages with masks, sanitizers and translated resources
    • refer people to 811 for additional information in multiple languages
    • inform residents of the nearest COVID-19 assessment and testing centres
    • connect people to transportation to COVID-19 testing facilities, if needed

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