COVID-19 outbreaks, deaths continue to plague Alberta’s care homes

Mary Harris is spending the days leading up to her 100th birthday  confined to one wing of her long-term care home as a COVID-19 outbreak sweeps through the facility, once again."I'm sure It's depressing. My mother gets agitated by it...

Long COVID impacts continue as Alberta doctors, researchers seek answers

Tamsin Shute's life has changed dramatically since she became sick with COVID-19 last fall.She used to bike to work, practise yoga and spend weekends going for long hikes with her husband and kids. Now, the 42-year-old needs a wheelchair just to go for a...

Everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Alberta on Friday, April 29

EDITOR'S NOTE: Throughout the pandemic, case counts have been based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing done by provincial bodies like Alberta Health Services, but those testing protocols have shifted to prioritize high-priority groups and people in higher risk settings. In...

Alberta’s pandemic messaging under fire as COVID-19 rates rise

As COVID-19 transmission rises in Alberta, there are growing concerns messaging from the provincial government could harm efforts to blunt the curve and protect hospitals from even further strain.Transmission, wastewater levels and hospitalizations are all increasing, but politicians and health...

Calgary researchers say there may be a link between fracking and premature births

A University of Calgary study says there may be a link between the density of certain oil and gas operations and increased health risks for nearby pregnant women and their babies."There is very little research about fracking as it relates...

First year of COVID-19 pandemic saw fewer Alberta stroke patients, more deaths, study finds

The first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Alberta saw fewer stroke patients, but a higher number of stroke-related deaths, according to new research.The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was conducted by a team of eight...

Families of immunocompromised Albertans worry risk will rise as masks come off

Immunocompromised Albertans and their loved ones are anxious that the elimination of most COVID-19 measures will open the door to even more risk, so they're trying to plan a safe path forward.The province lifted its indoor mask mandate on Tuesday along with...

Too far, too big, too dangerous — families pitch alternative to large care homes ahead of budget

The long-term care home is so small, it could be mistaken for a large suburban house.Ten beds, a kitchen and a shared living room — this is emerging as one key option for reforming Alberta's pandemic-battered elder-care system. Many families of dementia patients...