Alberta reported 321 new cases of COVID-19 and 13 more deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths in the province due to the disease to 3,201.
There were 518 people in the hospital, 101 of them in intensive care units.
On Tuesday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief physician for health, the Albertans to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but also to get their flu shot.
With the arrival of winter weather, Hinshaw warned that more people will gather indoors and give viruses of all types more opportunities to spread.
“It is now flu season, which means we can expect an increase in the number of Albertans with respiratory symptoms and other illnesses, including seasonal flu,” Hinshaw said at a news conference.
Last year, the province had its strongest flu campaign to date, with 37 percent of Albertans – about 1.65 million people – receiving their shots, according to the province’s website.
Influenza shoots are absorbed more slowly this year
“So far this year, recording has unfortunately been slower,” Hinshaw said. “At this time, about 20 percent of Albertans have been immunized against influenza, with more than 916,000 doses of influenza vaccine administered across the province.”
Alberta’s government has purchased 2.1 million doses of influenza vaccine for the 2021-22 season.
“The flu shot will not prevent COVID-19, but it will reduce your chance of getting sick with the flu and spreading it to others,” Hinshaw said.
So far, the province has registered three cases of influenza.
The health chief also urged the Albertans to be vigilant against COVID-19, especially when temperatures drop and the province goes into winter.
“While over the last few weeks we’re starting to come down on the other side of the fourth wave, we’ve seen before how fast things can change.
In the winter, more activities move indoors, she said, increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
On Tuesday, the province also announced that businesses and organizations can now apply for a $ 2,000 grant aimed at offsetting some of the costs of implementing the restriction exemption program.
The province set aside $ 20 million for the grants, which eligible companies, cooperatives and non-profit organizations can use as they see fit.
As of the province’s most recent update, there are 5,565 active cases across the province, a slight decrease from Monday’s update. Here’s how active cases are divided regionally:
- Calgary zone: 1,785
- Edmonton zone: 1,202
- North Zone: 1,160
- Central zone: 913
- South Zone: 498
- Unknown: 7
The R-value – the average number of COVID-19 people infected by each diagnosed case – was 0.92 (confidence range of 0.89-0.96) for the province as a whole in the first half of November. It is a small increase from the end of October.
An R value above 1 means that the transmission is growing.