Coronavirus

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS

Red Deer rises to 393 active COVID-19 cases

Alberta identifies 1,401 new cases Friday

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney listens as the 2021 budget is delivered in Edmonton Alta, on Feb. 25, 2021. Kenney says he remains confident in Alberta’s decision to lift COVID-19 safety measures — despite growing concerns from physicians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta announces $100 gift card as incentive to get fully vaccinated

The province is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the Delta variant

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney listens as the 2021 budget is delivered in Edmonton Alta, on Feb. 25, 2021. Kenney says he remains confident in Alberta’s decision to lift COVID-19 safety measures — despite growing concerns from physicians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, an NHL logo is displayed as Washington Capitals players skate prior to NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL to punish unvaccinated players more harshly this season

Teams were informed this week of the rules for 2021-22

In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, an NHL logo is displayed as Washington Capitals players skate prior to NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)

I work at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, here’s what people ask when getting their shot

By Ehsan Misaghi, Clinician-Scientist Trainee, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and Faculty…

Interior Health nurses were administering COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aides in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. In Salmon Arm on March 11, guests, staff and support personnel at the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter at McGuire Lake were vaccinated. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Tourism association ‘caught off guard’ by U.S. travel advisory for Canada

Hotel Association of Canada said it’s disappointed the U.S. is discouraging travel to Canada

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. There are 12,290 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, with 465 people in hospital, including 107 in intensive care. (File photo by The Associated Press)

Province reports 8 new deaths, 1,315 new COVID-19 cases: Red Deer up to 368 active

465 people in hospital, including 107 in intensive care

  • Sep 1, 2021
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. There are 12,290 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, with 465 people in hospital, including 107 in intensive care. (File photo by The Associated Press)
A woman arrives at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Monday, June 21, 2021. Health experts have been talking about the concept of COVID-19 herd immunity for months, but while the estimates of what it will take to reach that point have changed, some virologists and immunologists say we shouldn’t get hung up on a specific number. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

‘Elusive’ herd immunity: what will it take to get there with COVID-19?

Some public health officials are estimating herd immunity could require 90 per cent being vaccinated

A woman arrives at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Monday, June 21, 2021. Health experts have been talking about the concept of COVID-19 herd immunity for months, but while the estimates of what it will take to reach that point have changed, some virologists and immunologists say we shouldn’t get hung up on a specific number. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Back to school Q&A: Is it safe for unvaccinated students? What’s the harm of school closures?

Students are getting ready to head back to classrooms across much of Canada

Children walk with their parents to Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver for the first day back-to-school Thursday, September 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A nurse prepares to give the first COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Alberta Health Services is requiring its employees — including all physicians and frontline workers — to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Necessary measure’: Alberta Health Services mandating COVID-19 vaccines for staff

Students, volunteers and medical and midwifery staff will also be required to receive both doses by Oct. 31

A nurse prepares to give the first COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Alberta Health Services is requiring its employees — including all physicians and frontline workers — to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Cars with U.S. licence plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring

U.S. warning about travel to Canada mainly for benefit of unvaccinated, CDC head says

Only about 61 per cent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated

Cars with U.S. licence plates enter Canada at the Stanstead, Quebec, border crossing as seen from Derby Line, Vt., Monday Aug. 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Wilson Ring
People hold up signs during a demonstration opposing the Quebec government’s measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Vaccine hesitancy highest in Alberta, racialized groups at rollout’s start: survey

Men were more hesitant than women overall and participants aged 40 to 59 had the lowest vaccination intention

People hold up signs during a demonstration opposing the Quebec government’s measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. Health law professor Timothy Caulfield from the the University of Alberta says a belief by some that the medication used to deworm cattle and horses can treat COVID-19 shows how ideology can lead people to embrace misinformation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell

Health law professor says ‘ideological lens’ behind unproven COVID-19 treatment

Health Canada put out an advisory about ‘concerning reports of the use of veterinary ivermectin’

The packaging and a container of veterinary Ivermectin is seen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday Jan. 29, 2021. Health law professor Timothy Caulfield from the the University of Alberta says a belief by some that the medication used to deworm cattle and horses can treat COVID-19 shows how ideology can lead people to embrace misinformation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP -Denis Farrell
Alberta now has more than 11,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Black Press file photo)

Red Deer up to 337 active COVID-19 cases

Province reports 920 new cases, four additional deaths

  • Aug 31, 2021
Alberta now has more than 11,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Black Press file photo)
A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

U.S. Center for Disease Control urges Americans to ‘reconsider’ travel to Canada

Only 61 per cent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, compared with nearly 75 per cent of Canadians

A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Statistics Canada says economy contracted in second quarter of year

Agency said the drop was drive by declines in home resale activity, exports

Statistics Canada building and signs are pictured in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec Health Department recommends third COVID-19 vaccine dose for immunocompromised

Quebec is not recommending a third dose for long-term care patients

Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic, Tuesday, August 10, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Alberta MLA Shannon Phillips speaks at an announcement of proposed new legislation to protect Alberta’s mountains and watershed from coal mining in Calgary on Monday, March 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta government backbencher denies advocating for COVID case spike in unvaccinated

Alberta has well over one million unvaccinated residents, including 660,000 children under 12

Alberta MLA Shannon Phillips speaks at an announcement of proposed new legislation to protect Alberta’s mountains and watershed from coal mining in Calgary on Monday, March 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Team Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher, right, directs his teammates as Team Canada third Mark Nichols, left, and skip Brad Gushue look on at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 13, 2021. Curling Canada says all athletes, fans, staff and media will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in or attend affiliated events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Curling Canada to require COVID-19 vaccinations to attend or play in events

Individuals 12 and over attending events must provide a proof of first vaccination by no later than Sept. 8

Team Alberta skip Brendan Bottcher, right, directs his teammates as Team Canada third Mark Nichols, left, and skip Brad Gushue look on at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, March 13, 2021. Curling Canada says all athletes, fans, staff and media will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in or attend affiliated events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - In this Friday, July 16, 2021 file photo, visitors enjoy the view from top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The European Union is expected to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country, EU diplomats said Monday, Aug. 30. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions

EU also removed Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia from the safe list

FILE - In this Friday, July 16, 2021 file photo, visitors enjoy the view from top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The European Union is expected to recommend that its member states reinstate restrictions on tourists from the U.S. because of rising coronavirus infection levels in the country, EU diplomats said Monday, Aug. 30. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
A Red Cross volunteer handles the COVID-19 vaccinations in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. In the impoverished Seine-Saint-Denis the vaccination rate has passed from the lowest in mainland France to well above the national average in just a few weeks, notably with the opening of temporary centers to reach out to people where they live and work. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)

WHO’s European head backs 3rd COVID vaccine doses for the vulnerable

Dr. Hans Kluge cited ‘deeply worrying’ levels of high transmission in Europe

A Red Cross volunteer handles the COVID-19 vaccinations in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. In the impoverished Seine-Saint-Denis the vaccination rate has passed from the lowest in mainland France to well above the national average in just a few weeks, notably with the opening of temporary centers to reach out to people where they live and work. (AP Photo/Adrienne Surprenant)