December 1, 2020 Update on COVID-19 in Alberta

EDMONTON – Update from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health on the latest efforts and results on COVID-19 in the province.

Mandatory restrictions remain in effect. All Albertans must continue to do their part to protect the health-care system and bend the curve of COVID-19.

Latest updates

  • Over the last 24 hours, 1,307 new cases were identified.
  • There are 479 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 97 in intensive care.
  • There are 16,628 active cases in the province.
  • To date, 42,305 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
  • There was an increase of 15,816 tests (2,270,972 total) for a total of 1,480,386 people tested.
  • The testing positivity rate is 8.4 per cent.
  • All zones across the province have cases:
    • Calgary Zone: 6,162 active cases and 17,998 recovered
    • South Zone: 672 active cases and 3,215 recovered
    • Edmonton Zone: 7,552 active cases and 16,297 recovered
    • North Zone: 895 active cases and 2,965 recovered
    • Central Zone: 1,249 active cases and 1,700 recovered
    • 98 active cases and 130 recovered cases in zones to be confirmed
    • Additional information, including case totals, is online.
  • Currently, 393 schools, about 16 per cent, are on alert or have outbreaks, with 1,453 cases in total.
    • Of those, 186 schools are on alert, with 281 total cases.
    • Outbreaks are declared in 207 schools, including 92 on watch, with a total of 1,172 cases.
  • So far, in-school transmission has likely occurred in 241 schools. Of these, 123 have had only one new case result.
  • Based on data available to date, 267 schools have been removed from the alert list.
  • There are 744 active and 2,524 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home living sites.
  • To date, 351 of the 551 reported deaths (64 per cent) have been in long-term care facilities or supportive/home living sites
  • In the last 24 hours, there were 10 additional COVID-related deaths reported: one on Nov. 24, one on Nov. 25, two on Nov. 26, one on Nov. 27, three on Nov. 29, and two on Nov. 28.
  • The total number of COVID-19 related deaths is now 551.
  • Alberta is reporting case numbers and information daily, including on weekends and holidays.

Strong restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19

  • Strong, targeted public health measures are in place across Alberta. These include mandatory provincewide measures and those targeted at regions under enhanced status.
  • These restrictions and increased enforcement are intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in communities, protect hospitals, keep schools, places of worship and businesses open as much as possible, and better protect vulnerable Albertans.
  • Though announced on Nov. 24, it will take several weeks to determine the full impact of these restrictions on the spread of COVID-19.
  • All existing guidance and legal orders remain in place in all areas.
  • Alberta Health, AHS and local municipalities continue to closely monitor the spread across the province.

School health measures

  • Students in Grades 7 to 12 are attending school through at-home learning until Jan. 8, except during Winter Break, and will continue at-home learning after the break and resume in-person classes on Jan. 11.
  • Students in kindergarten to Grade 6 will continue in-person learning until their scheduled Winter Break, move to at-home learning after the break, and resume in-person classes on Jan. 11.
  • Students with disabilities and students in outreach programs who require support and services that cannot be met through at-home learning can continue to receive supports and services in-person at school.
  • An online map lists schools with two or more confirmed cases, updated every school day.

Enforcement of public health measures

  • The government is granting certain Alberta peace officers and community peace officers temporary authority to enforce public health orders.
  • Expanding these authorities will increase the number of officers able to levy fines by about 700.
  • Not following mandatory restrictions could result in fines of $1,000 per ticketed offence and up to $100,000 through the courts.

International traveller COVID-19 pilot

  • An Alberta-Canada joint pilot program is testing an alternative to the 14-day quarantine requirement for international travellers while continuing to protect Canadians from COVID-19.
  • Participants are closely monitored daily for symptoms and must follow enhanced preventive health measures, such as wearing masks in public places and avoiding visiting high-risk groups.

Albertans downloading tracer app

  • All Albertans are encouraged to download the secure ABTraceTogether app, which is integrated with provincial contact tracing. The federal app is not a contact tracing app.
  • Secure contact tracing is an effective tool to stop the spread by notifying people who were exposed to a confirmed case so they can isolate and be tested.
  • Early issues have been fixed so the app can run in the background of all mobile devices.
  • As of Nov. 30, 280,121 Albertans were using the ABTraceTogether app, 66 per cent on iOS and 34 per cent on Android. On average, 11 new users were registering every hour.
  • Secure contact tracing is a cornerstone of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy.