Alberta begins rationing PCR tests as Omicron wave washes over province

Alberta is now limiting PCR testing for COVID-19 to people with risk factors for severe outcomes and those who live or work in high-risk settings."With a recent increase in Omicron cases, demand for PCR testing has pushed our testing system beyond its...

Calls grow for HEPA air filters in Canadian classrooms

As the highly transmissible Omicron variant fuels record-high case counts, and schools across Canada delay in-person learning, calls are growing for another layer of protection to be added to classrooms — HEPA filters. Air purifiers with high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can reduce...

As provinces limit PCR testing, should Canadians be able to report rapid test results?

As more provinces scale back PCR testing for COVID-19 and the Omicron variant continues to surge, many people in Canada are relying on results from take-home rapid antigen tests, if they can get their hands on them.However, in much of the...

With Omicron surging, Alberta Health Services offers COVID testing option to unvaccinated staff

As Alberta braces for the impact of an Omicron-driven wave of infections, the province is offering unvaccinated physicians and health staff frequent COVID-19 testing in a bid to get employees back to work. The testing option, which was previously available to a...

Albertans scrambling to get their hands on free COVID-19 tests

Rapid COVID-19 test kits are becoming a hot holiday item as Alberta braces for an increase in cases of the Omicron variant.Select pharmacies and Alberta Health Services sites are now handing out the antigen tests but supplies are limited.  Many Albertans were...

Unvaccinated adults can attend indoor holiday gatherings, Kenney says

Alberta will allow unvaccinated adults to attend indoor private holiday gatherings despite the threat posed by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday.The change is effective immediately, Kenney said as he unveiled new measures in the province's fight...

Alberta surgeries cut back by 2,800 per month in first 15 months of pandemic

Alberta hospitals performed about 2,800 fewer surgeries per month during the first 15 months of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to pre-pandemic levels, new data shows. Data released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) details the widespread impact of the...

First case of omicron COVID-19 variant confirmed in Alberta, Hinshaw says

Alberta's first case of the omicron variant has been confirmed in a traveller who returned to the province from Nigeria and the Netherlands."I'm reporting we have now one confirmed case of the omicron variant in Alberta," Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical...

Excitement, relief as Alberta children get their first COVID-19 vaccines

There were smiles, some tears and hundreds of Band-Aids plastered on little arms as Alberta's COVID-19 vaccination clinics opened their doors to children Friday. Appointments for Pfizer-BioNTech's pediatric vaccine began Friday morning. Thousands of children were booked to get shots on...

Canadian Medical Association calls on feds to make it criminal to harass health-care workers as promised

A national professional medical body is calling on the federal government and some social media companies to reduce threats and violence some front-line health-care professionals are experiencing at work.In a news release issued Thursday, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) urged Ottawa to make promised changes...
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