There’s a new resource for helping Albertans manage COVID-19 symptoms. 

Alberta Health Services launched a new web resource on Thursday (Jan.6) that provides information on what to do when you have symptoms of COVID-19, how to provide care at home for yourself or a family member, when to test for COVID-19, and how to manage symptoms. 

“Following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant throughout the province and the exponential growth in COVID-19 cases, many Albertans calling Health Link 811 are unsure how to manage their symptoms, or if they need to seek care with a positive COVID-19 test result,” Alberta Health Services said. 

“Helping provide assurance to those who can manage their symptoms at home will ensure our resources are there for those who need immediate care.” 

The COVID-19 Self-Care Guide can be found here

The province identified a daily record of 4,869 COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Currently, 498 people are in the hospital, and 64 are in intensive care.   

There are 39,897 known active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.  

Three new deaths were reported in the last day, bringing the total to 3,336 since the start of the pandemic.  

  Local update                     

  • Fort Saskatchewan: 313 cases             
  • Sherwood Park: 906 cases             
  • Strathcona County: 341 cases             
  • Sturgeon County: 216 cases             
  • Morinville: 75 cases             
  • Lamont County: 26 cases              

Vaccinations     

The total per cent of the population over five fully immunized as of Thursday:            

  • Fort Saskatchewan: 79 per cent            
  • Sherwood Park: 83.8 per cent            
  • Strathcona County: 78.9 per cent            
  • Sturgeon County West (including Morinville): 74.2 per cent            
  • Sturgeon County East: 73 per cent            
  • Lamont County: 70.5 per cent   

The province reached another vaccine milestone; as of Jan.3, Alberta has administered more than one-million booster doses, bringing the total number of doses administered to 7.79-million. 89.5 per cent of the 12+ population has received at least one dose, while 85.4 per cent have received two.