AHS Reintroduced Close Contact Tracing of Omicron Cases

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, COVID-19, Health and wellness, Settlement & Community News, Updates

Alberta Health Services is re-introducing contact tracing for close contacts of those potentially exposed to the Omicron variant to recommend they get a COVID-19 test and to provide further instructions. The Omicron variant is now in Alberta. AHS has announced that contact tracing will take place for all close contacts of cases that are positive with the Omicron variant , …

Alberta Lowers Child Care Fees for Working Families after Signing Agreement with the Federal Government

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The Alberta government is lowering child care fees for working families, following the signing of our historic agreement with the federal government. Parents with kids not yet in kindergarten will see fees for spaces in licensed daycares, preschools and family day homes reduced by half, on average, by early 2022. Families most in need will receive additional subsidies. By 2026, …

Are You Ready for the 3rd Booster Shot?

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Current evidence indicates that vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infection appears to wane over time. Expanded availability of third doses of COVID-19 vaccine will help Albertans increase their protection against COVID-19. The Alberta Government has announced that the province is expanding the COVID-19 booster shot to all Albertans aged 18-plus. Starting Dec. 2, all Albertans aged 60 and older can book …

Canada’s Additional Measures to Address the COVID-19 Omicron Variant

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Yesterday (November 30, 2021), Government of Canada introduces additional measures to address COVID-19 Omicron variant of concern. the Government of Canada is expanding the list of countries with entry prohibitions originally announced on November 26, 2021, to include Egypt, Nigeria and Malawi. Effective tomorrow, foreign nationals who have been in any of these countries within the previous 14 days will not …

Omicron Arrived in Alberta. Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Panic over the New Variant!

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“I’m reporting we have now one confirmed case of the omicron variant in Alberta.” Dr. Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health On November 30, Alberta’s first case of the omicron variant was confirmed. According to Dr. Hindshaw, the individual tested positive while asymptomatic. What is the Omicron variant? Omicron was first discovered in southern Africa . In late November, the World …

5K Doses of Janssen Vaccine Arrive in Alberta

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The Janssen vaccine is currently a single-dose viral vector vaccine that works similarly to the AstraZeneca vaccine. Alberta has received 5,000 doses of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, giving Albertans 18+ another COVID-19 vaccine option. Due to limited supply, doses will be administered at AHS clinics in select locations – to book, call Health Link 811. Who should get it …

Healthcare & French Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway Streams Closing This Week

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The temporary resident to permanent resident pathway will close to applications on November 5, 2021. You will not be able to submit an application once the program closes. More information: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/campaigns/tr-pr.html Find out if you’re eligible to apply to the health care or French pathway streams: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/trpr/eligibility.asp

Calgary’s Climate Change Program

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October 6, 2021 is Energy Efficiency Day. The City of Calgary recognizes the implications of climate change, and is working toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions to help limit global climate change adapting to a changing climate by taking actions to reduce the impact of extreme weather events and climatic changes. On June 25, 2018, Calgary City Council unanimously approved the …

Public Reporting of COVID-19 Cases Resumes in Schools

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Effective October 6, public reporting of COVID-19 cases in schools will resume with Alberta Health identifying each school with at least two COVID-19 cases online. School outbreaks will be reported at 10 or more COVID-19 cases within a 14-day period that were infectious while at school. The Alberta Government is doing the following to keep students learning safely in person: …