COVID-19

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping was in Red Deer on Wednesday to help announce a long-awaited $1.8 billion expansion to Red Deer hospital. (Photo by LANA MICHELIN/Advocate staff).

30 new deaths related to COVID-19 in Alberta over last 7 days

The province is reporting 30 new deaths due to the implications of…

 

A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan has lifted its public health order that required residents to show a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to enter most businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Saskatchewan has lifted its public health order that required residents to show a proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test to enter most businesses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Some Alberta students, parents anxious as mask rule lifts in schools

Alberta Teachers’ Association it is exploring legal options

A man holds a 3M N95 respirator. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Children walk through the doors of the NexSource Centre Feb. 9 without requiring to present vaccine passports upon entry. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News

Lakers welcome removal of REP

The Restrictions Exemption Program was lifted as the clock struck midnight Feb.…

Children walk through the doors of the NexSource Centre Feb. 9 without requiring to present vaccine passports upon entry. Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla / Sylvan Lake News
FILE - People gather in support of the trucker convoy protesting measures taken by authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 and vaccine mandates at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Relief, caution and dismay around Alberta’s COVID-19 plan after lack of consultation

Edmonton’s mayor says speed at which province is lifting restrictions concerning

FILE - People gather in support of the trucker convoy protesting measures taken by authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 and vaccine mandates at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
A police member stands in front of trucks blocking downtown streets as a rally against COVID-19 restrictions, which began as a cross-country convoy protesting a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, continues in Ottawa, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, in Edmonton on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Kenney set to announce end date of Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine passport next week

Alberta also to unveil a plan that will see it remove almost all restrictions by month’s end

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, in Edmonton on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ont. into Detroit. Turmoil and confusion last week over whether truckers would remain exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate followed misinterpretations of regulations by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sancya

Public Health Agency of Canada involved in ‘error’ on trucker vaccine rules: sources

Government provided no more explanation for the botched messaging

In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor, Ont. into Detroit. Turmoil and confusion last week over whether truckers would remain exempt from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate followed misinterpretations of regulations by both the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Paul Sancya
A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New Canadian care home standards to emphasize fact that they are homes, not wards

Consultations showed pandemic policies hurt mental and social well-being, balance called for

A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Slim majority support government lockdowns, restrictions in response to Omicron

Growing number of Canadians are unhappy with how their governments are handling pandemic

FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
People walk by a sign at a restaurant advising customers of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport in Montreal, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Quebec is considering expanding its vaccine passport system further, a move that some health and ethics experts say is justified because of the high number of COVID-19 patients in the province’s hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Tightening rules for unvaccinated is justified as health system struggles: experts

Others: people rejecting COVID-19 vaccines out of ideology won’t be swayed by restrictions

People walk by a sign at a restaurant advising customers of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport in Montreal, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Quebec is considering expanding its vaccine passport system further, a move that some health and ethics experts say is justified because of the high number of COVID-19 patients in the province’s hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A row of ambulances is seen outside a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will do all it can to help provinces and territories cope with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections fuelled by the Omicron variant threaten to overwhelm health systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Trudeau says Canada will have enough COVID-19 vaccines as US issues travel advisory

Provinces and territories will receive a combined 140 million rapid tests this month

A row of ambulances is seen outside a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will do all it can to help provinces and territories cope with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections fuelled by the Omicron variant threaten to overwhelm health systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID hospitalizations nearing or reaching record highs in several provinces

Many provinces imposed a weeklong delay in the return to in-person schooling

Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal on November 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Blood tests show waning immunity that scientists hope Omicron could counter

Canadian task force analyzing extent of immunity offered by Omicron

A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal on November 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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Mixed opinions around children’s COVID-19 vaccination

AHS response to high percentage of Lakers hesitant to comply

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Alberta has 4,440 active cases of COVID-19, with 395 people in hospital, including 78 in intensive care. (Black Press stock photo)

Red Deer drops below 100 active cases of COVID-19

Red Deer dropped below 100 active COVID-19 cases Friday for the first…

  • Dec 3, 2021
Alberta has 4,440 active cases of COVID-19, with 395 people in hospital, including 78 in intensive care. (Black Press stock photo)
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw Tweeted Friday that Alberta’s COVID-19 testing should be able to detect any new variants of COVID-19. (Black Press stock photo)
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw Tweeted Friday that Alberta’s COVID-19 testing should be able to detect any new variants of COVID-19. (Black Press stock photo)