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Alberta Health Services rescinds COVID-19 visitation policy

Alberta Health Services rescinds COVID-19 visitation policy

COVID-19 visitor restrictions that were currently in place at Alberta Health Services (AHS) facilities, including acute care, ambulatory care, urgent care, and emergency care sites have officially been rescinded.
Albertans 18 and up can now get second COVID-19 booster

Albertans 18 and up can now get second COVID-19 booster

The government announced Tuesday it is expanding its eligibility for a second COVID-19 booster to Albertans age 18 and up.
COVID-19 vaccines no longer condition of AHS employment

COVID-19 vaccines no longer condition of AHS employment

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has rescinded the Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy, effective July 18. The policy initially required all AHS healthcare workers to be immunized against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.
Alberta government announces further de-escalation of COVID-19 response

Alberta government announces further de-escalation of COVID-19 response

“We continue to follow the data and make the best decisions on public health measures that we can, balancing the risk from the virus with the burden of public health measures,” Copping said during the press conference. “We’re entering a phase where the pandemic response can be de-escalated."
COVID's sixth wave levelling off: Copping

COVID's sixth wave levelling off: Copping

Wastewater levels show latest wave of COVID levelling off, says Alberta's Health Minister.
COVID-19: New data from province as Hinshaw takes stand in case challenging health orders

COVID-19: New data from province as Hinshaw takes stand in case challenging health orders

Dr. Deena Hinshaw was occupied with court testimony so Wednesday's regular update expected to take place Thursday.
BA.2 variant now the predominant COVID strain in Alberta: Hinshaw

BA.2 variant now the predominant COVID strain in Alberta: Hinshaw

Approximately 60 per cent of all COVID-19 cases identified through PCR testing in the province are the Omicron variant BA.2, Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday. However there is no evidence that it causes more severe outcomes, despite a higher transmission rate.
Nose or throat? Experts say to use rapid test swabs as directed

Nose or throat? Experts say to use rapid test swabs as directed

Recent social media posts have fed into the notion that swabbing the throat with a COVID-19 rapid antigen test kit might yield more accurate results against the Omicron variant than only testing for virus in the nostrils.
Airdrie reports 586 active COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths

Airdrie reports 586 active COVID-19 cases, two additional deaths

The 586 cases, as reported on Airdrie.ca, are an increase of more than 500 infections on Dec. 13, 2021, when 69 active infections were reported. In previous waves of the pandemic, Airdrie never experienced more than 400 active cases. 
Airdrie reports 69 active COVID-19 cases as Province announces 20 new Omicron cases, eased restrictions

Airdrie reports 69 active COVID-19 cases as Province announces 20 new Omicron cases, eased restrictions

In a provincial briefing Dec. 15, Premier Jason Kenney announced that starting Dec. 17, Albertans can visit any of 740 select Alberta Health Services locations to receive free COVID-19 rapid testing kits, which include five tests each.
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