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January 10, 2022
Due to rising demand for PCR tests, Alberta is changing the eligibility for these tests to focus on those who most need them.
December 23, 2021
As announced by Premier Kenney on December 21, 2021, Alberta’s government is taking further steps to strengthen vaccine protection and testing while bringing in new public health measures to reduce contact between Albertans as Omicron cases continue to grow.
December 19, 2021
Symptoms of COVID-19 can vary from person to person, and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.
December 19, 2021
New public health protocols safeguard patrons while maximizing the use and enjoyment of MD-managed recreational facilities.
October 15, 2021
If you haven’t got vaccinated because you have questions, call Health Link 811 or speak to a trusted healthcare worker.

COVID-19: Stay Current on Most Recent Developments

Scroll down to find critical information, answers to common questions, and links to different resources.
Updates from Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Alberta

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, provides daily updates on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health of Albertans.

Stronger public health measures

Mandatory, province-wide restrictions are in effect to protect the health system and slow the spread of COVID-19. Protecting Alberta’s healthcare capacity ensures that Albertans get the care they need when they need it.

COVID-19 regional active cases
COVID-19 Alberta statistics
Outbreak update from Government of Canada
Global situation dashboard from World Health Organization

Submit a complaint online; Help Save Lives

You can submit a complaint online to Alberta Health Services public health inspectors if you are concerned that an establishment or person is not following public health orders. Public health inspectors will investigate the complaint.

Submit a complaint online; Help Save Lives

COVID-19 Public Health Restrictions

Alberta is taking action to protect Albertans against the highly transmissible Omicron variant by ramping up health system capacity, providing free rapid test kits, expanding vaccine boosters, and clarifying indoor social gathering limits. Albertans are asked to observe all public health measures. Find out what you need to do.
Mandatory mask requirements

Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces, workplaces and places of worship, including eligible businesses that implement the Restriction Exemption Program; for employees in all indoor work settings, except while alone in workstation, and; for all students in Grades 4 and up, plus staff and teachers in all grades.

Masks should fit well and be of high quality. People at risk of severe outcomes should wear medical masks when in settings with people outside of their household.

Why use a mask

  • Fully vaccinated persons must continue to wear a mask in indoor setting. Although vaccines provide substantial protection against severe illness, no vaccine is 100% effective and protection may decrease over time. A well-constructed, well-fitting and properly worn mask can help protect you and others from COVID-19.
  • A mask can prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating people, surfaces and/or objects
  • Wearing a mask can help to reduce your risk of becoming infected with COVID-19
  • If you become infected with COVID-19, having worn a mask at the time of exposure may reduce the risk of developing serious illness
  • If you use a mask incorrectly, you could accidentally spread infection, despite your good intentions; therefore, it is critical you use and dispose of or clean your mask properly
  • Masks are tools that complement – not replace other measures that have proven to be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19 between people
  • Wearing a mask should be used in combination with other measures such as:
    • Staying home when you’re sick
    • All Albertans must isolate if they have COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, runny nose or sore throat
    • Maintaining spacing from other individuals or households, where possible
    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol
    • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow
    • Avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands

When to use a mask

  • Albertans must follow provincial requirements for wearing masks
  • Albertans should assess their personal or family risk profile to determine if additional precautions would support their situation, which may include wearing masks in outdoor settings if spacing from other people is difficult
    • Wearing a mask is recommended particularly when in a shared space with people from outside your immediate household, when in an indoor setting and/or in any crowded setting
    • Albertans in high-risk health settings or who have tested positive or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 should consider using a medical mask instead of a non-medical mask

When not to use a mask

  • When it is wet, dirty, ripped/torn or damaged in any way
  • If it has been used by another person
  • Individuals should not wear masks if they are a child under 2 years of age, they have trouble breathing, or they are unable to take one on or off without assistance

How to ensure your mask has a good fit

How a mask fits impacts its effectiveness. A well-fitting mask should:

  • Comfortably cover the nose, mouth and chin without gaps
  • Fit securely to the head
  • Be comfortable and not require adjustments

Strategies to improve mask fit include:

  • Adjusting ties or ear loops
  • Adjusting the flexible nosepiece
  • Tying knots in the ear loops and tucking the sides of the mask to ensure the edges lay flat
  • Using a mask fitter or brace, which is a device made of flexible material that helps to provide a snug fit
  • Layering a well-fitting cloth mask over top of a disposable mask to improve fit (ensure you are still able to breathe easily)
  • Keeping facial hair and beards shaved or short

How to wear a mask with ear loops or ties

  • Before putting on the mask, wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol
  • Ensure your hair is away from your face (mask can be safely worn by someone with facial hair)
  • Check the mask for damage; if damaged, discard
  • Open mask fully to cover from over your nose to below the chin
  • Place over nose and mouth and secure to your head with ties or ears with ear loops (depending on the style of mask)
  • If the mask has a nose bar, pinch around your nose to reduce gaps between your face and the mask
  • Adjust if needed to make sure your nose and mouth are fully covered and to reduce gaps between your face and the mask
  • Avoid touching the mask while wearing it
  • If you need to adjust your mask, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after you touch it
  • Keep your nose, mouth and chin covered at all times, until you are ready to remove the mask

How to remove a mask with ear loops or ties

  • Remove your mask if it becomes wet, torn, dirty or the ear loops/ties become damaged
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol before you remove the mask
  • Do not touch the front of the mask, remove using the ties or ear loops
  • Dispose of your disposable mask in a lined garbage bin and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol
  • If you have a reusable mask, store it in a clean paper or cloth bag until it can be washed

What not to do with your mask

  • Do not touch your face under the mask
  • Do not wear the same mask for a long period of time; it must be changed when it gets damp
  • During cold temperatures, consider having a separate mask to put on indoors
  • Do not share masks with another person
  • Do not wear the mask below your nose or chin
  • Do not hang the mask from your ears or place it under your chin, store it in a clean paper or cloth bag until you put it on again
  • Do not secure the mask with tape or other inappropriate materials
  • Do not let the mask give you a false sense of security; masks are meant to be used as an addition to other measures such as staying home if you are ill, physical distancing wherever possible, performing hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Do not discard your mask in public by discarding it on the sidewalk or on the floor of a public washroom for example – use garbage cans or bring the used mask home with you

How to take care of your mask

  • Always store, use, wash, re-use and/or discard your mask in accordance with the directions of the manufacturer, if they are available
  • Hands should be cleaned before and after putting it on and taking it off
  • Store your unused, clean re-usable masks in a way that protects them from getting dirty or damaged (for example in a clean, sealed storage bag
  • After removing a reusable mask that will be re-worn prior to washing, it should be placed into a clean, breathable bag or container (allows for evaporation) for storage
  • Do not reuse masks that are wet or soiled prior to laundering. A wet or soiled mask that requires laundering should be placed into a sealed bag (consider using a bag that can be washed) or container where it is stored until it can be taken home and washed.
  • Identify or label mask storage bags so masks are not accidentally used by others

What to consider before making or buying a cloth mask

Type of fabric or cloth:

  • Use multiple layers of tight woven fabric, including at least 2 layers of breathable tightly woven fabric, such as cotton, and an additional effective middle filter layer, such as non-woven polypropylene, for a total of at least three layers
  • If possible, use different fabrics or colours for each side of the mask. This helps you to know which side faces your mouth and which side faces out.
  • Choose a fabric or cloth that can withstand frequent cycles through washing and drying machines
  • You can include a filter in your mask by adding a filter fabric as a middle layer or by inserting a disposable filter into a pocket on the inside of the mask

Laundering:

  • Place the cloth mask directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine. If the bag storing the used mask cannot be laundered or hand washed, it should be discarded into a garbage bin that is lined with a plastic bag.
  • Launder with other items using a hot cycle, and then dry thoroughly
  • Inspect the mask prior to reuse to ensure it has maintained its shape after washing and drying
  • Perform hand hygiene immediately after handling a used mask
  • Reusable masks with an integrated filter layer can be washed multiple times
  • Disposable filters should be removed from the mask before washing and changed as directed by the manufacturer

Making your own mask:

There are many different ways to make a cloth mask. Health Canada provides instructions with sew and no-sew options and includes types of materials you can use. Visit Health Canada for more information.

Buying a cloth mask:

  • The Government of Alberta does not endorse any particular vendor of cloth masks
  • There are currently no required standards for non-medical and/or cloth masks sold in Canada
  • Keep in mind that you should verify that the mask should have multiple different layers of fabric, fits securely against your face, allows for clear breathing and have the ability to be laundered
  • Do not buy or use cloth masks or respirators with exhalation valves. Exhalation valves or vents allow infectious respiratory particles to spread outside the mask and do not protect others from COVID-19.

Medical mask and respirator use:

  • In general, medical masks and respirators can provide better protection than non-medical masks
  • Medical masks and respirators sold in Canada are required to meet established standards for filtration, breathability and fluid resistance
  • Medical masks are recommended for:
    • Individuals in high-risk health settings
    • Individuals who have tested positive or are showing symptoms of COVID-19
    • Individuals caring for or living in a crowded setting with someone who has tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19
    • Individuals who may be at risk of more severe disease or severe outcomes from COVID-19
    • Individuals who are at higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 because of their living situation, such as those living in crowded settings
  • Do not use masks or respirators with exhalation valves. These masks do not protect others from COVID-19 or limit the spread of virus.
  • Respirators are designed to fit snugly to the face, which may provide a better fit. Although a respirator worn in the community does not need to have been formally fit tested as is required in some occupational settings, it should be noted that fit testing provides maximum effectiveness.
  • Medical masks and respirators are generally single use and disposable. However, some may be reused until visibly dirty, damp or damaged. Check product-specific information to determine how masks are to be used.

Book Your Shot

Book your shot at a participating pharmacy, through the AHS online booking tool or call Health Link 811. Every Albertan who can get vaccinated, should get vaccinated.

Online Self-assessment

Use this self-assessment tool to help determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else if they're not able.

Important Phone Numbers

Mental Health and Wellness Resource Hub

COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we live, work, and connect with each other in a very short period of time. As a world, we are experiencing a collective crisis, the likes of which most of us have never encountered. Right now it is normal to be experiencing a whole host of emotions, including anxiety, anger, sadness, and uncertainty.
Taking Charge of What You Can: A COVID-19 Toolkit

The pandemic has drastically changed the way we live, work, and connect with each other in a very short period of time. Right now it is normal to be experiencing a whole host of emotions, including anxiety, anger, sadness, and uncertainty. Our minds and our bodies are closely connected, so it is also likely that you are losing sleep and experiencing other physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, aches and pains, headaches, and low energy.

How will this toolkit help? We all need to find a sense of control right now. This toolkit is designed to help you focus on the parts of your life that you can take charge of and stop spending energy on the things you cannot control.

Taking Charge of What You Can: A COVID-19 Toolkit

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Albertans

The provincial and federal governments are taking immediate and significant action to help Albertans facing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Service Canada is ready to help

Service Canada provides Canadians with a single point of access to a wide range of government services and benefits. They are committed to improving services for Canadians by working with partners to provide access to the full range of government services and benefits that Canadians want and need through the Internet, by telephone, in person or by mail.

COVID-19 Financial Relief Programs for Businesses

In the face of an uncertain economic situation and tightening credit conditions, the provincial and federal governments are taking action to help affected businesses.
Connect 1:1 with a Business Strategist

As a small business owner, you may be facing immediate challenges in light of the actions taken by our government to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we continue to move forward with our relaunch strategy in Alberta. Business Link has gathered current information and resources available to you as you work through the implications this has on you and your business.

Business Link will continue to update this page with new information and additional resources as they become available.

Learn about the resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19

Business Link is supported by the Government of Canada and the Alberta Government.

Together we will get through this.

Welcome to Lesser Slave River

Just a few hours due north of Edmonton lies the remarkable region of Lesser Slave River. From breathtaking expanses of boreal forest and unspoiled natural wonders to a thriving economy and genuine work/life balance, opportunities abound.

Here you'll discover a place of rugged beauty. A place of real people. A place you'll never want to leave.

Reeve Murray Kerik
Municipal District of Lesser Slave River no. 124