COVID-19: Alberta reports record-high 4,869 cases; more than one million booster shots administered

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For the second straight day, Alberta reported a pandemic-high in new COVID-19 cases, as hospitalizations continue to rise.

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The province reported 4,869 cases of the virus on Thursday with a test positivity rate of 39.5 per cent.

Alberta now has 39,897 active cases, an increase of 2,701 from the previous day. The Calgary Zone has 19,261 active cases, while the Edmonton Zone has 14,972.

There are now 498 Albertans in hospital with COVID-19, an increase of 28 from the previous day. Eight fewer patients are in ICU, with 64 currently admitted.

Three additional deaths were reported on Thursday.

Over one million booster doses administered in Alberta

Premier Jason Kenney has continued to encourage Albertans to roll up their sleeves for a booster shot and on Tuesday, he said none of the COVID-19 hospital patients had received a third dose of a vaccine.

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Kenney also said one in three Albertans aged 18 and up have received a booster shot so far.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said more than one million Albertans have received their third dose and even more Albertans should get the extra layer of protection.

“We know that the third dose of vaccine strengthens protection against both infection and severe outcomes from the Omicron variant,” said Hinshaw in a Thursday news release.

“I believe it is critical to use every tool at our disposal right now to protect the people and system we rely on to take care of us when we are sick. Reaching one million booster doses is a good start. I hope to see many more Albertans get their third dose as soon as possible.”

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AHS launches tool to help Albertans manage COVID-19 symptoms at home

On Thursday, Alberta Health Services (AHS) launched an online resource to help people manage mild COVID-19 symptoms at home.

The website provides tips on how to take care of yourself or family members at home, when you should take a COVID test and how to manage prolonged symptoms. The guide also includes some videos featuring local physicians.

“While much of the information has been available to Albertans throughout the pandemic, the new resource provides a one-stop guide to current and reliable information in one location,” AHS said in a public service announcement.

AHS said helping people manage symptoms at home will ensure its resources are available for those who need immediate care.

Anyone looking for tips on managing COVID-19 symptoms can visit AHS’ new online guide at ahs.ca/covidselfcare .

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