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Ahead of Thanksgiving, Alberta’s chief physician, Dr. Deena Hinshaw a tweet urging the Albertans to keep any gatherings small and outdoors if possible.

AHS says existing ivermectin studies have problems, available evidence does not consider it safe

As of Friday in Alberta, 75.5 percent of eligible Albanians have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. (AHS)

The latest on COVID-19 in Alberta:

  • Ahead of Thanksgiving, Alberta’s chief physician, Dr. Deena Hinshaw a tweet urging the Albertans to keep any gatherings small and outdoors if possible.
  • Alberta Health Services said Saturday that its scientific advisory group has updated its review of the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19. AHS said existing investigations have problems and the available evidence does not consider it safe.
  • AHS said that studies to date on the use of ivermectin, mainly used for livestock species such as horses and cows to combat intestinal parasites and some skin parasites, on the new coronavirus have inadequate controls and faulty design.
  • On Thursday, Hinshaw said Alberta hospitals have seen people with extreme side effects after taking ivermectin.
  • AHS says there is 300 patients at the ICU from Saturday, the vast majority of which are COVID -positive.
  • There are currently 374 ICU beds in Alberta, including 201 additional surge rooms (an increase of 116 percent over a baseline of 173).
  • Provincially, the ICU capacity is 80 pct. Without the additional spaces, provincial ICU admissions would be 173 percent of capacity, Said AHS.
  • As many surgeries have been canceled due to COVID-19, patients and healthcare professionals are concerned about a backlog and long waits for surgeries and other forms of treatment for gendered people.
  • Alberta Health Services said on September 17 that the only operations taking place in the province are those who must be done within a three-day window.
  • Reported Alberta 1,256 new cases by COVID-19 Friday.
  • The total number of active cases in Alberta is 17,839 th most common.
  • Total 2,830 Albertans have died of COVID, with 16 new deaths reported Friday.
  • That positivity was 8.07 pct.
  • There was 1,101 people being treated for COVID in the hospital, from Friday.
  • For the first time in months, Alberta reports one R-value below 1. The R-value is the average number of COVID-19 infections transmitted by each diagnosed case.
  • An R-value below 1 means that the transmission is no longer growing. Provincial-wide is the R-value for 27 September to 3 October 0.92with a confidence interval between 0.90 and 0.94. In the Edmonton zone, the R value is 0.86 (0.83-0.90 confidence interval), while in the Calgary zone it is 0.93 (0.92 to 0.97). The rest of Alberta is 0.94 (0.92-0.97 confidence range).
  • 287,606 Albertans are considered to have restored from COVID-19.
  • More than 50 Alberta schools struggling with active COVID-19 outbreaks, while more than 750 other schools are on guard for clusters of infection.
  • Prime Minister Jason Kenney joined Doug Schweitzer, Minister for Jobs, Economy and Innovation, and health officials gave an update on COVID-19 on Thursday.
  • Announced Kenney new support for companies participates in the restriction exemption program and offers a one-time payment of $ 2,000 to small and medium-sized businesses that choose to implement the program.
  • There will be an extra $ 1 million available to companies that want to train employees in how to effectively control immunization records. Kenney said this training will be based on protocols from ProServe (Alberta’s liquor and sales program).
  • Kenney said maximum fine coming from the mistreatment of frontline workers doubled from Thursday from $ 2,000 to $ 4,000.
  • Kenney also said the government expects to launch an app that can read evidence of immunization QR codes next week.

SE | ICU stay changes Calgary man’s mind about COVID vaccine:

ICU stay changes Calgary man’s mind about COVID vaccine

Bernie Cook hesitated to get the vaccine when he received COVID. His illness gave him first-hand experience through one of Alberta’s overcrowded ICUs. Now he warns others to take action to avoid the same fate. 2:23

The latest on Alberta’s COVID-19 response:

  • New COVID-19 modeling shows that Alberta has finally reached its pandemic peak, and if the province leaves restrictions in place and continues to increase vaccination rates, infections and hospitalizations will continue to decline.
  • City of Calgary will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide evidence of vaccination by November 1, it announced Wednesday.
  • This applies to all employees of the City of Calgary, regardless of workplace or workplace, including those who work remotely or have a teleworking agreement.
  • That Calgary Catholic School Division the board voted for mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees.
  • The vaccination mandate applies to all staff, including teachers, teaching assistants, support staff and custody.
  • A separate policy will be developed that will require entrepreneurs and volunteers entering a city-owned and operated workplace to be fully vaccinated.
  • The province announced new measures to protect children and young people from COVID-19 on 5 October. Contact detection in schools will be phased in gradually, outbreaks will be declared in schools, and rapid test kits will be made available to parents to test younger children.
  • That Calgary Board of Education will now require mandatory vaccination against COVID-19 for staff, volunteers and partners.
  • Politicians and Alberta lawmakers must all be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the time the meeting resumes on Oct. 25, House of Commons leader Jason Nixon said Tuesday.
  • That Canadian Armed Forces sent eight critical nurses to help at Alberta’s intensive care units. These nurses will begin work at Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital.
  • AHS says discussions are underway with the Canadian Red Cross, but at least five nurses will be deployed to support emergency care services at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie.
  • AHS says an additional eight Red Cross nurses will be allocated to the Central Zone, with four supporting the COVID-19 response in rural areas. The other four will be in Red Deer, where two will support the emergency department at Red Deer Regional Hospital Center and two will assist with COVID-19 testing. Start dates are still being finalized and discussions are continuing with the Red Cross about additional staff that may be available.
  • Alberta public workers will soon be required to show evidence of COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The policy, approved by the province’s COVID-19 Cabinet Committee, will affect 25,500 provincial staff, all of whom must provide proof of full vaccination. no later than 30 November.
  • Employees may be exempted if they receive a home based on the Alberta Human Rights Act, or if they choose to produce a negative PCR test result, obtained at the expense of employees and performed within 72 hours of each scheduled workday.
  • Kenney also said he asked for a review of the Johnson and Johnson-a-dose vaccine, noting that some vaccine-addicted Albertans have expressed a willingness to take this version. The Canadian government has committed to securing the vaccines as early as this week, but currently has no supply.
  • Protests against vaccination and all other demonstrations outside hospitals will be banned in an effort to make Alberta health facilities safer for staff, patients and families, Prime Minister Jason Kenney said Sept. 28.
  • The province has updated its daily checklist with symptoms of screening. It now recommends household contacts with those with COVID-19 quarantine for 14 days if they have not been vaccinated or partially vaccinated.
  • Women delivering babies will only have one support person starting next week. AHS says it is in an attempt to deal with the escalating effect of COVID-19.

SE | Kenney says he still has no plans to impose additional COVID-19 restrictions on the general public:

Alberta is not considering further COVID-19 measures, Kenney reiterates

While Alberta’s civil servants will have to be fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Jason Kenney says he still has no other plans to impose further COVID-19 restrictions on the general public. 0:43

  • The Kenyan Government imposed a voluntary vaccine pass system that went into effect on September 20 to combat the fourth wave of COVID-19.
  • Operators who are eligible for the program but choose not to participate will have to follow measures that include capacity constraints and physical distancing (more details can be found below).
  • From October 25 at evidence of two doses or a negative test will be required to enter sites operating under the exemption program. Until then, a dose or a negative test will suffice.
  • Those who want to show one negative COVID-19 sample rather than proof of vaccination must have one that was paid for privately, not through Alberta Health Services or Alberta Precision Laboratories.
  • It must be a Health Canada-approved rapid antigen, rapid PCR or lab-based PCR test completed within the previous 72 hours.
  • Calgary’s new statute, which introduces mandatory vaccine passports for many types of companies, came into force on 23 September.
  • This means that people go to restaurants, bars, casinos, cinemas and sporting events must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result to enter. Those who do not comply can be fined $ 500. Peace officers will enforce the rules.
  • The city of Lethbridge joins Edmonton and Calgary to make it mandatory for city employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All workers must be fully vaccinated by 15 November, the city announced Sept. 28.
  • That Calgary Airport Authority announced on September 29 that it will implement a mandatory vaccination policy for all employees. The policy includes alternative protocols for non-vaccinated and partially vaccinated employees, such as weekly COVID-19 tests. The requirement takes effect on November 15th.
  • That regulator for Alberta physicians investigates ways to expedite its investigations into physicians accused of spreading misinformation or treating patients with unproven COVID-19 agents.
  • A complete list of restrictions and exceptions is available on the government website.

The latest on vaccines:

  • 64.2 pct of the province’s total population has received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 75.5 pct of eligible Albanians.
  • Out of the total population of the province, 72.2 pct have received at least one dose, or 84.9 pct of those eligible.
  • Canada-wide, 76.9 pct of the total population have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 71.6 pct of the total population are fully vaccinated, according to CBC’s vaccine tracker. Among the eligible, 88 pct have had a dose and 82 pct is fully vaccinated.
  • Alberta is increasing the number of immunocompromised people who are entitled to a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The full list of qualified persons can be found on the province’s website.
  • In addition, mRNA doses – be it Pfizer or Moderna – are available to Albertans traveling to a jurisdiction that does not accept visitors vaccinated with mixed doses.
  • Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Says Alberta’s chief physician for health pregnant women are at high risk for very serious illness and encourages them to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.

See which regions are hardest hit:

Here is latest detailed regional breakdown of active cases, as reported by the province on Friday:

  • Edmonton zone: 4,204.
  • Calgary zone: 4,359.
  • Nordzone: 3,597 th most common
  • Central zone: 3,690.
  • South Zone: 1,972.
  • Unknown: 17.

Here are the latest Alberta COVID-19 stories:

With files from The Canadian Press

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