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Two more COVID deaths in St. Albert

Two more COVID deaths in St. Albert

Local case count shows a slight drop from last week.
Advance polling opens today; city eyes COVID-19 measures for upcoming election

Advance polling opens today; city eyes COVID-19 measures for upcoming election

St. Albert’s returning officer David Leflar encouraged electors to vote, arguing the election is one of the most important St. Albert has had “for quite some time.”
Sturgeon Hospital sidewalk chalk spreads positivity

Sturgeon Hospital sidewalk chalk spreads positivity

Orissa Shima, the nurses’ union representative for the Sturgeon, described the atmosphere in the hospital as one of "exhaustion," highlighting the Alberta government's lack of adequate response.
'State of crisis:' Medical group calls for lockdowns in Alberta and Saskatchewan

'State of crisis:' Medical group calls for lockdowns in Alberta and Saskatchewan

"Early relaxation of public-health measures has left two crumbling health-care systems in their wake and the dire realities are now in full view," said Dr. Katharine Smart, president of the Canadian Medical Association.
Alberta's Kenney rejects new health rules as COVID-19 cripples hospitals

Alberta's Kenney rejects new health rules as COVID-19 cripples hospitals

“If we were to bring in widespread restrictions, [they] would most likely be complied with by people who are vaccinated, but we would likely see large scale non-compliance among the unvaccinated population. That wouldn’t necessarily get us much further ahead,” said the premier.
All city staff must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 25

All city staff must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 25

The province's vaccine passport system, referred to as the "restriction exemption program," detailed vaccine requirements for customers, but not employees. St. Albert has adopted a new mandate to expand the program.
COVID-19 cases climb in St. Albert

COVID-19 cases climb in St. Albert

Now cases have climbed again, as they have in the rest of the province. St. Albert hasn’t seen cases this high since the peak of the second wave, on Jan. 1 of this year.
COVID-19 hospitalizations three times higher in rural Alberta

COVID-19 hospitalizations three times higher in rural Alberta

"Most of the people that are in ICU that are requiring that extreme care, most of those people are unvaccinated."
St. Albert to require vaccine passports in city facilities Sept. 20

St. Albert to require vaccine passports in city facilities Sept. 20

Vaccine passports will be required at all recreational and cultural facilities in St. Albert starting Monday, but will not be required to vote at Servus Place.
St. Albert releases COVID-19 task force report amid rising case count

St. Albert releases COVID-19 task force report amid rising case count

Councillors noted their disappointment at the ongoing pandemic, but highlighted the report's continuing importance for the city going forward.