Alberta Health Minister Provides Update on Respiratory Viruses

Alberta Health Minister Provides Update on Respiratory Viruses

In a recent announcement, Alberta’s Health Minister, Adriana LaGrange, shared important updates regarding the latest data on respiratory viruses in the province. The data includes information on COVID-19, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and influenza.

From August 28 to September 8, Alberta recorded a total of 559 COVID-19 cases, with 92 individuals requiring hospitalization and three ICU admissions. Unfortunately, there were also five deaths attributed to the virus during this period.

In addition to COVID-19, Alberta has seen five cases of RSV and 28 cases of influenza since August 28. These numbers highlight the prevalence of respiratory viruses in the province and serve as a reminder for individuals to take necessary precautions, especially as the cooler months approach.

To help with monitoring and reporting these viruses, Alberta will be launching a new online reporting tool in the coming weeks. This dashboard will provide real-time updates on COVID-19, RSV, and influenza cases, allowing for better tracking and management of these illnesses.

As we transition from summer to fall, spending more time indoors can increase the risk of respiratory virus transmission. Minister LaGrange emphasized the importance of following proper hygiene protocols, including frequent handwashing and staying home when feeling unwell. Respecting those who choose to wear masks is also essential in creating a safer and healthier environment for everyone.

The new dashboard will also include data from July 24 to August 27, providing a comprehensive overview of respiratory virus trends in the province. Regular updates and accurate information will empower individuals and healthcare professionals to make informed decisions and take appropriate measures to protect themselves and others.

Source: Alberta Health Minister’s Announcement

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