AHS apologizes after false-positive COVID-19 test at Edmonton hospital

Alberta Health Services is lifting outbreak protocols put in place Saturday at Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospital after a false-positive COVID-19 test led to the cancellation of some surgeries and placed the facility... Read more »

Alberta pharmacists to begin offering tests for COVID-19

Alberta will soon begin testing for COVID-19 at community pharmacies, says Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Twenty pharmacies, located primarily in Edmonton and Calgary, will begin to offer swab tests to Albertans without symptoms and no known... Read more »

Alberta reports 48 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths

Alberta reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but no additional deaths. Provincial labs conducted almost 7,000 tests over the past 24 hours, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of... Read more »

Indigenous stroke survivor says health system repeatedly failed her

Valerie Sawdo woke up at 6 a.m. on May 22 with blurred vision. She was unable to walk and the left side of her body felt numb. She had to crawl down the stairs... Read more »

Breathe, exercise and be kind: Tips for boosting your mental health during the pandemic

When a team of researchers looked at the mental health impact of the Fort McMurray wildfire, they were struck by how deeply anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress affected the community and how... Read more »

Alberta auditor general will review government response to COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta’s auditor general will assess the provincial government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and review his office’s outstanding recommendations related to seniors care as he determines the scope of the audit. “Like other auditors general... Read more »

Avoiding emergency care during pandemic a dangerous trend, Edmonton ER doctor warns

Emergency rooms are seeing concerning numbers of patients who have waited dangerously long to seek medical care amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says an Edmonton physician.  Dr. Shazma Mithani, who works in the emergency... Read more »

‘The storm is not over,’ warns chief medical officer of health as Alberta begins reopening economy

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says it’s good to be cautious when it comes to reopening the province’s economy. Alberta began to ease some public health restrictions on Friday. Provincial parks, boat launches... Read more »

Alberta dentists, physiotherapists need rules in place before reopening

Albertans itching for a routine dental checkup or eye exam might have to wait a little bit longer than Monday. Although the provincial government  said health professionals could re-open offices as soon as next... Read more »

Mobile contact-tracing app can help Alberta slow spread of COVID-19, top doctor says

A new mobile contact-tracing app unveiled Friday by Alberta Health Services, combined with aggressive testing for COVID-19, can help public health officials slow transmission and reduce the spread of coronavirus, says Dr.... Read more »