s COVID-19 Updates | Claresholm Local Press - Part 2

COVID-19 vaccine rollout set to expand

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine strategy will roll out in the spring with more than 1.79 million Albertans set to receive inoculations. The provincial government announced on Feb. 19 that Phase 2 vaccinations will be offered in a staged approach and once completed, will have vaccinated anyone aged 50 to 74 years, anyone … Read more

COVID-19 vaccines now available to seniors 75 and older

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer The provincial government will offer COVID-19 vaccines to all seniors in Alberta ages 75 and older. The province announced on Feb. 19 that starting that same day, Alberta Health Services will offer the vaccine directly to all residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living and other congregate living facilities with residents who are aged … Read more

Vaccinations continued in Claresholm last week

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer Alberta Health Services continued its program of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus last week. Residents of the Porcupine Hills Lodge were given their second of two doses of vaccine on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Alberta Health Services reported 58 residents in the lodge have now been immunized for both doses. A total of 84 residents … Read more

Health measures to ease on Monday

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer Health measures are set to ease for restaurants, indoor fitness and some children’s activities on Monday, Feb. 8. On Jan. 29, the provincial government announced Step 1 of Alberta’s four-step framework to ease restrictions is based on a COVID-19 hospitalization benchmark of 600, including intensive care patients. This benchmark was reached on Jan. 28. … Read more

Provincial government announces guide for easing health measures

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer The provincial government has announced the easing of health measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus will be based on hospitalization rates. That means the fewer people in hospital due to the virus, the more restrictions will be reduced. On Jan. 29, the province announced these steps and benchmarks will provide a … Read more

Vaccine began arriving in Alberta earlier this week

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Alberta on Monday, with the immunization of health-care professionals to start today. Tyler Shandro, minister of health, made the announcement in a news conference on Monday, Dec. 14. “The news is a lot bigger and it’s a lot better (than originally anticipated),” he said. The first shipment … Read more

Mandatory masking provincewide, social gatherings prohibited

By Rob Vogt, Local Press Writer As the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in Alberta, the provincial government has announced new measures to prevent the spread of the virus including the prohibition of all social gatherings and mandatory masking in all public spaces. On Tuesday afternoon, Premier Jason Kenney announced the measures in a news conference. “Alberta has … Read more