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Alberta launches COVID-19 symptom management website as Omicron cases continue to climb

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Albertans living with mild COVID-19 symptoms can now use a new web resource to help manage those symptoms at home.

(Click here for Thursday’s COVID-19 numbers)

According to a Thursday news release from Alberta Health Services, the site brings all the information that has been available since the beginning of the pandemic to a one-stop guide in one location.

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“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,” AHS said.

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The site includes information on what to do when dealing with symptoms of COVID-19, how to provide care for yourself or another person, when to test for COVID and how to manage prolonged symptoms.

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Thursday COVID-19 numbers

On Thursday, the province reported an additional 4,869 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

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There are currently 39,897 active cases across the province and 1,149 cases of Omicron were confirmed since Wednesday’s report.

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PCR testing is no longer widely available, so the true number of new and active cases is likely higher.

There were 498 people receiving COVID-19 care in hospital, up from 470 on Wednesday, with 64 of those people in the ICU.

ICU numbers dropped from 72 on Wednesday.

Three additional COVID-19 deaths were reported over the last 24 hours.

Three men in their 80s with pre-existing conditions died. Alberta Health reported all three deaths were from the Calgary zone.

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There have been 3,336 COVID-19 deaths in Alberta so far.

To date, Alberta has confirmed 388,995 cases of COVID-19 and 345,762 have recovered.

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