Flu Shots in Alberta 2020

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The Government of Alberta has confirmed that their flu vaccination program will begin on Monday, Oct., 19. It will also be available to vulnerable populations (such as seniors) a few days earlier (October 13) through health practitioners.   What is the flu shot? The flu shot is an influenza vaccine that protects against the influenza virus. Everyone is at risk …

Alberta Emergency Alert App

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Did you know the Government of Alberta has developed a mobile app ‘Alberta Emergency Alert App’ for all iOS and Android users. This app will allow Albertans to get information and take appropriate action to protect themselves and their family. Alerts will be received at the right time can help keep you safe during an emergency. With Alberta Emergency Alert, …

COVID-19 Testing to Focus on Albertans with Symptoms

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Effective September 17, 2020, the recommended COVID-19 testing criteria has changed in Alberta. To help reduce wait times, speed access to results & support Albertans during the respiratory virus & flu season, testing will focus on all Albertans with symptoms, plus additional priority groups. This means that testing in Alberta is now recommended for: Albertans with symptoms of COVID-19; Albertans …

Include COVID-19 Essentials into Your Emergency Kit

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Unexpected situations happen every day. Having supplies is one thing you can do to help manage many situations. your goal will be to have enough supplies to keep you and your family safe, warm and comfortable for at least 72 hours. Normally, your family’s emergency kit should include: Nonperishable snacks that last at least 72 hours (e.g. energy bars, dried …

Government of Alberta invests $43 Million towards Provincial Parks

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The Government of Alberta announced on Tuesday a plan to invest $43 million in Alberta’s parks, including almost half a million dollars ($480,000) for improvements at Fish Creek Provincial Park in Calgary. This investment will enhance, repair and protect Alberta’s provincial parks while creating more than 290 jobs when they are needed most.  The money will be used to improve …

September – World Alzheimer’s Month

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In 2002, Alberta released its first dementia strategy. Since then, the provincial government has broadened its focus to address the changing needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. In 2017, Alberta released the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan. The plan, available online, was developed in partnership with people living with dementia, caregivers and families, Alberta Health Services, …

COVID-19 School Status Map

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The Government of Alberta has created a COVID-19 School Status Interactive Map that shows the current status of COVID-19 in K-12 schools across Alberta. Schools that have 2 or more confirmed cases will be identified on the map. There are three definitions for confirmed cases in schools: Alert (1 case) Parents will be notified by their child’s school as soon …

$5 Million Funding to Improve Access to Palliative Care

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As its first step of $20 million commitment to enhance palliative care, the Government of Alberta has recently announced a $5 million funding to be provided to the Covenant Health Palliative Institute to increase access to palliative and end-of-life services; promote advance care planning so Albertans can ensure their wishes are honoured. Additionally, $1 million will be provided to the …

COVID Testing FAQs for Albertans Planning to Travel

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If you reside in Alberta, are currently planning to travel, and need COVID-19 testing and reporting services, you may find these FAQs helpful: How to book a COVID-19 test? All Albertans, including travelers, can access asymptomatic testing through AHS or by visiting a participating pharmacy. How long does do I need to wait to be tested? How long does it …

Yellow Larch Fall Hikes

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In Canada, you get to experience the changing landscapes and natural beauty for all four seasons. Fall in Canada is chilly and feels almost like winter, but you can still make the best out of it before the freezing temperatures set in. In central and eastern Canada, leaves on the trees transform to beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red. …