COVID-19 is a public health emergency. Albertans are legally required under public health order to self isolate for:

  • 14 days if you recently returned from international travel or are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
  • 10 days if they you have a COVID-19 symptom (cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat) that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition

COVID-19 Cases in Alberta

The provincial government is taking aggressive measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Click Here for information on confirmed cases and laboratory testing in Alberta.

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Alberta Connects Contact Centre

The Alberta Connects Contact Centre is now open seven days a week, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Call 310.4455 toll-free for general information about the provincial response to COVID-19.

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Online Self-assessment

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able.

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COVID-19: Stay Current on Most Recent Developments

Scroll down to find critical information, answers to common questions, and links to different resources.
Daily updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, provides daily updates on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health of Albertans.

Stronger public health measures

Mandatory, province-wide restrictions are in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. Protecting Alberta’s healthcare capacity ensures that Albertans get the care they need when they need it.

See current public health measures in effect
Learn about the health system capacity in COVID-19
Outbreak update from the Government of Canada
Global situation dashboard from the World Health Organization

Stronger Public Health Measures

Mandatory, province-wide restrictions are in effect to protect the healthcare system and slow the spread of COVID-19. A roadmap has been developed to help Albertans understand how restrictions will be eased in steps over the coming months. A Path Forward outlines the sectors that will see gradual restriction changes at each step based on hospitalization benchmarks.
The Path Forward

Public health measures will be eased in steps based on hospitalization benchmarks. Each step sets a more predictable path for easing restrictions, while protecting the healthcare system. Once hospitalizations are within range of the benchmark, decisions to move to the next step will be considered.

The lowest-risk activities in each sector will be considered for change first. Moving between steps will happen at least 3 weeks apart to assess the impact on cases.

Learn more about hospital capacity during COVID-19.

Steps based on hospitalization benchmarks:

STEP 1 <600 hospitalizations

Returned to Step 1 on April 7:

  • Indoor fitness
  • Youth and collegiate sport, performance and recreation activities

STEP 2 <450 hospitalizations

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Further easing of indoor fitness activities
  • Restaurants
  • Libraries
  • Banquet halls, community halls, conference centres and hotels
  • Performance activities
  • Retail

STEP 3 <300 hospitalizations

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Adult team sports
  • Casinos, racing centres and bingo halls
  • Further easing of youth sport and recreation activities
  • Indoor social gatherings, with restrictions
  • Indoor seated events (movie theatres and auditoria)
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos, interpretive centres
  • Places of worship

STEP 4 <150 hospitalizations

Potential easing in these areas:

  • Amusement parks
  • Concerts (indoor)
  • Festivals (indoor and outdoor)
  • Funeral receptions
  • Indoor entertainment centres and play centres
  • Performance activities (singing, dancing and wind instruments)
  • Sporting events (indoor and outdoor)
  • Trade shows, conferences and exhibiting events
  • Wedding ceremonies and receptions
  • Workplaces (lift working from home)
  • Day and overnight camps

Health officials are monitoring the situation and will adjust measures if required.

Read more about the provincial mandatory measures in effect
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Get the Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

Alberta's vaccination program is underway to save lives and livelihoods. Everyone who wants a vaccine, will get a vaccine. But you may have to wait until people most at risk get vaccinated first. Some Albertans can book now. Find out when you can too.
Alberta’s rollout plan for the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine helps prevent you from getting infected and protects you from getting severely sick if you do get it. Albertans are being vaccinated as fast as supply allows. This is happening in phases so people most at risk get it first. More groups will be eligible as the province gets more doses.

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Learn about vaccines for COVID-19: authorized vaccines

Early Phase: December 2020

Vaccinations were offered to key populations, with a focus on acute care sites with the highest COVID-19 capacity concerns in Edmonton and Calgary:

  • Healthcare workers in intensive care units
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Staff in long term care and designated supportive living facilities

Phase 1: January to March 2021

Vaccinations are being offered to key populations across the province:

  • Respiratory therapists
  • Healthcare workers in intensive care units
  • Healthcare workers in emergency departments
  • Healthcare workers in COVID-19 units, medical and surgical units, and operating rooms
  • Paramedics and emergency medical responders
  • Staff in long term care and designated supportive living facilities
  • Home care workers
  • All residents of long term care and designated supportive living, regardless of age
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis persons born in 1956 or earlier (turning 65+)  living in a First Nations community or Metis Settlement
  • Seniors born in 1946 or earlier (turning 75+), no matter where they live:
    • AHS will vaccinate residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living, and other congregate living facilities with people 75 or older
    • Albertans 75+ can book an appointment online, call Health Link 811, or contact a participating pharmacy

Phase 2A: Started March 15

People eligible in Group A:

  • Albertans born 1947 to 1956 (turning 65 to 74), no matter where they live
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) people born 1971 or earlier (turning 50+), no matter where they live
  • Staff and residents of licensed seniors supportive living facilities not included in Phase 1

Phase 2B: April to June

Phase 2 is broken into 4 groups. Vaccinations for Group B will begin once Group A has been completed. Timelines are subject to change depending on supply. Details on how to get the vaccine will be released prior to each group.

People eligible in Group B:

Albertans born 2005 to 1957 (16 to 64) with any one of the following high-risk underlying health conditions:

  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen (a missing spleen or a spleen that is no longer working)
  • Cancer (anyone with a new diagnosis of or treatment for all forms of cancer in the last year, except non-invasive skin cancer)
  • Chronic heart disease and vascular disease, including congenital heart disease, chronic heart failure, heart or kidney disease from high blood pressure, and a history of a stroke (not including high blood pressure alone)
  • Chronic kidney diseases requiring regular medical monitoring or treatment
  • Chronic Liver disease due to any cause (for example, cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis, and hemochromatosis)
  • Chronic neurological disease (for example, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, MS, muscular dystrophy and dementia)
  • Chronic respiratory (lung) diseases, including COPD, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary
  • hypertension, and severe asthma that required an asthma-related emergency department visit or hospital admission in the past year (not including mild or well-controlled asthma)
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or other anti-diabetic medication to control
  • Immunosuppression: a weakened immune response due to disease or treatment, including anyone undergoing chemotherapy or treatment for HIV, genetic disorders of the immune system, and people receiving long-term medical treatment to control severe inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus
  • Pregnancy: anyone who is currently pregnant
  • Severe mental Illness or substance use disorder requiring a hospital stay during the past year (for example, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders and others)
  • Severe obesity: a Body Mass Index of 40 kg/m2 or more
  • Severe or profound learning disabilities or severe developmental delay, including individuals with Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder and others (not including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Solid organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant recipients

See a detailed clinical breakdown of these conditions and who is eligible

Confirming eligibility for those in Group B:

A doctor’s or pharmacist’s note is not required to get the vaccine. However, you may want to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to help you understand if your condition is on this list.

Phase 2C: April to June

People eligible in Group C:

  • Residents and support staff at eligible congregate living and work settings at risk for large outbreaks, including correctional facilities, front-line policing and provincial sheriffs, homeless shelters, meatpacking plants, and group homes for disability, mental health and other types of licensed supportive living
  • Healthcare workers working in patient care facilities or providing direct patient care in the community, in order to limit spread to high risk individuals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and all other regulated health care professionals and their office or support staff
  • Anyone working in patient care facilities or providing services directly to clients in the community for Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Alberta Precision Labs, DynaLife, and students undertaking placement practicums in clinical areas
  • Healthcare workers on First Nation reserves
  • Caregivers of Albertans who are most at risk of severe outcomes:
    • All designated family/support people of those individuals in long term care, designated supportive living and licensed supportive living facilities
    • Up to 2 caregivers for children under 16 who have an eligible chronic condition but are unable to receive vaccine due to age

Confirming eligibility for those in Group C:

  • Workers or students eligible in Phase 2C will need to provide personal identification that contains a birth date and proof of employment or professional registration (employee ID card, letter of employment or placement) when booking or attending their appointments with Alberta Health Services or at community pharmacies
  • Health officials will work with licensed supportive living facilities, pharmacists, and primary care clinicians on the best way to notify and confirm eligibility of caregivers when bookings open

Phase 2D: April to June

People eligible in Group D:

  • Albertans born 1957 to 1971 (turning 50 to 64)
  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) persons born 1972 to 1986 (turning 35 to 49), no matter where they live

Work to identify sequencing for all other groups is underway.

Phase 2 (AstraZeneca): supply fully booked

Alberta's limited supply of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine has been fully booked. The province is no longer booking appointments for this vaccine at this time. Appointments will reopen as soon as possible.

Phase 3: Spring/early Summer

Anticipated start of rollout of the vaccine to the general public.

Learn about second doses and rules for those vaccinated
Learn who should and shouldn't get vaccinated

Until most Albertans are protected, fully vaccinated people must still follow all health measures: no indoor gatherings, keep 2 metres apart, wear a mask in public, and stay home when sick.

What Does Physical (Social) Distancing Mean?

Physical distancing, also called “social distancing,” means keeping a safe space (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people who are not from your household. Physical distancing should be practiced in combination with other everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks.
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

What does physical distancing mean?

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical (social) distance between each other. Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. This means making changes in your everyday routines in order to minimize close contact with others, including:

  • Avoiding crowded places and gatherings
  • Avoiding common greetings, such as handshakes
  • Limiting contact with people at higher risk (older adults and those in poor health)
  • Keeping a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others, as much as possible
  • Follow Alberta’s restrictions on mass gatherings

Other steps you can take:

  • Wear a mask in public when distancing is not possible
  • Download and use the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app while out in public
  • Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Use gloves properly if you choose to wear them (they are not necessary)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Watch for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Take the COVID-19 self-assessment to arrange testing if you have any symptoms

Learn more about physical distancing

Non-medical Masks and Face Coverings

Masks are mandatory for Albertans in all indoor public places, places of worship, and indoor workplaces unless you qualify for an exception. Masks complement – not replace – other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.
Non-medical masks and face coverings: About

COVID-19: Mandatory mask requirements

Effective December 8, 2020, masks are mandatory across Alberta in all:

  • Indoor public places
  • Places of worship
  • Indoor workplaces, except when working alone in an office or a safely distanced cubicle or a barrier is in place
  • Farm operations (exempt)

This workplace requirement:

  • Applies to all employees, customers, visitors, delivery personnel and contractors
  • Includes all workplace locations where masks won’t pose a safety risk
  • Does not change current student mask requirements in schools

Read about the Mandatory, province-wide restrictions in effect

Why use a mask

Wearing a homemade or non-medical mask in public is another tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It hasn’t been proven that masks protect the person wearing it, but it can help protect people from being exposed to your germs. Masks should complement, not replace, other prevention measures. Continue physical distancing and good hand hygiene, and stay home when sick.

Face shields

Face shields do not replace masks or face coverings. A face shield is used to protect the eyes of the person wearing it.

Using a face shield without a mask won’t protect you from potentially inhaling infectious respiratory droplets exhaled by others, nor will it protect others from your infectious respiratory droplets, as they can escape around the face shield.

If you’re unable to wear a mask or face covering, you may want to wear a face shield. Choose one that extends around the sides of the face and below the chin. You’ll still need to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres, and practice good hand hygiene, especially if you touch the face shield.

Neck gaiters (neck warmers)

Neck gaiters (also known as neck warmers) are not recommended because they aren’t well secured to the head or ears, are likely to move or slip out of place, and are difficult to remove without contaminating yourself.

If a neck gaiter must be used as a face covering, it should be folded to provide at least 3 layers of fabric and should include a filter or filter fabric added between layers. Lift it away from your face, especially when taking it off, and wash your hands or use alcohol based hand sanitizer anytime you need to adjust it, especially when putting it on and taking it off.

Masks with exhalation valves

Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not recommended. These masks do not protect others from COVID-19 or limit the spread of the virus. This is because they allow infectious respiratory droplets to spread outside the mask.

Medical masks

Medical masks include N95 masks and surgical or procedure masks. N95 masks protect from exposure to biological aerosols that may contain viruses or bacteria. They are generally only required during specific, high-risk medical procedures. Surgical or procedure masks provide a barrier to splashes, droplets, saliva or spit. They are not designed to fit tightly against the face.

These masks should be kept for healthcare workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. They may also be recommended for use in some workplaces, like salons, where there is prolonged close contact with people.

Gloves

It is not necessary to wear gloves in public. If you choose to wear gloves, remember to wash your hands before you put them on and immediately after taking them off. Change the gloves if you touch your face, cover a cough or sneeze with your hands, or if they become dirty or torn. Always discard the gloves in a lined garbage bin after taking them off.

To avoid spreading germs or COVID-19, do not touch your face or mask with your gloves, do not touch any personal items (cell phone, bag, credit card) that you might touch again with bare hands, and do not try to wash gloves or use hand sanitizer with gloves on.

Online Self-assessment

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able.

Resource Hub: Mental Health and Wellness During COVID-19

It is normal to feel anxious and afraid while we deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. This situation is stressful for everyone; people living with mental illness and addictions may be finding it especially difficult to cope. If you or someone you know is struggling, the resources on this site are here to support you.
Taking Charge of What You Can: A COVID-19 Toolkit
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we live, work, and connect with each other in a very short period of time. As a world, we are experiencing a collective crisis, the likes of which most of us have never encountered. Right now it is normal to be experiencing a whole host of emotions, including anxiety, anger, sadness, and uncertainty. Our minds and our bodies are closely connected, so it is also likely that you are losing sleep and experiencing other physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, aches and pains, headaches, and low energy.
 
How will this toolkit help? We all need to find a sense of control right now. This toolkit is designed to help you focus on the parts of your life that you can take charge of and stop spending energy on the things you cannot control.
 

Important Phone Numbers

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans

The provincial and federal governments are taking immediate and significant action to help Albertans facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Service Canada is ready to help

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. They are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.

COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the provincial and federal governments are taking action to help affected businesses.
Connect 1:1 with a Business Strategist

As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges in light of the actions taken by our government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to move forward with our relaunch strategy in Alberta. Business Link has gathered current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.

Business Link will continue to update this page with new information and additional resources as they become available.

Learn about the resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19

Business Link is supported by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government.

COVID-19 Financial Support Measures for Various Sectors

The government is taking a tailored approach to better protecting individual sectors from the economic distribution of COVID-19.

Canadian Manufacturers Needed to Help Combat COVID-19

Are you a Canadian manufacturer or business that can supply products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19? If so, we want to hear from you.
In combating COVID-19, we’re stronger together

If you are a Canadian manufacturer or business that can assist Canada in meeting the need for medical supplies, your help is needed. Please refer to the product specifications and requirements for Canada’s medical supply needs. If you can say yes to the following, we really want to hear from you.

  • You manufacture in Canada and/or have ready access to necessary inputs through your supply chain
  • You have equipment or facilities that can be rapidly re-tooled to meet medical needs, including for personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, masks and surgical gowns, sanitizers, wipes, ventilators, and/or other medical equipment and supplies
  • You have skilled workers who are able to respond and who could be available for work in the current circumstances
  • The Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19 directly supports businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19

Explore product specifications and requirements for Canada’s medical supply needs
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