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St. Albert to implement vaccine passports in city facilities

St. Albert to implement vaccine passports in city facilities

Servus Place, Fountain Park, and the Arden Theatre will sign on to a vaccine passport system; council is still unsure of what that will look like.
Alberta post-secondary schools cancel in-person classes as new COVID rules kick in

Alberta post-secondary schools cancel in-person classes as new COVID rules kick in

Online learning is set to continue.
City council calls special meeting for Thursday

City council calls special meeting for Thursday

St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron tweeted on Wednesday night that she will be calling the meeting in the wake of new restrictions and the province’s declaration of a public-health state of emergency.
Vaccine passports brought in as Alberta declares state of public-health emergency

Vaccine passports brought in as Alberta declares state of public-health emergency

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney apologizes as he ushers in restrictions, including limits to social gathering to curb the fourth wave.
Alberta's 'Open For Summer' plan was premature: chief medical officer of health

Alberta's 'Open For Summer' plan was premature: chief medical officer of health

"We're looking at a situation in which an entire cohort of health-care workers, doctors, nurses, anesthetists, and administrators are going to live with long-term consequences of having to make life or death decisions for a situation that was completely preventable," Dr. James Talbot, a former chief medical health officer for Alberta, said in an interview Tuesday.
Alberta to move hospital patients to homes, care centres as COVID-19 crisis worsens

Alberta to move hospital patients to homes, care centres as COVID-19 crisis worsens

Dr. Verna Yiu, the president and CEO of Alberta Health Services, says there may be 200 potential patients that could be moved into continuing care in the next week or two.
Alberta mum on further plans to curb COVID-19 spread

Alberta mum on further plans to curb COVID-19 spread

On Thursday Alberta saw another 1,510 new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed after 13,800 tests, and a positivity rate of 11 per cent. There are 679 Albertans in the hospital, with 154 of those in intensive care. There have been nine new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
'Boiling point': Alberta doctors warn of health system collapse as COVID cases climb

'Boiling point': Alberta doctors warn of health system collapse as COVID cases climb

"This is much, much worse than I think people understand," she said. "We, as health-care workers, are telling you that things are very dire, that ICU beds are running out, that we are stretched very thin in terms of our hospital capacity."
COVID cases climb over long weekend

COVID cases climb over long weekend

There are currently 15,486 active cases in the province, with 602 people in the hospital and 137 in intensive care. Another 17 Albertans lost their lives to the virus, bringing the total deaths during the pandemic to 2,407. 
St. Albert council hears COVID-19 update following newly announced provincial health measures

St. Albert council hears COVID-19 update following newly announced provincial health measures

The meeting was originally called to discuss a municipal mask mandate. Hours before, Alberta’s premier announced, effective Sept. 4, masking will be mandatory in indoor public spaces province-wide.