Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw gave an update on COVID-19 today (October 21, 2021). 

She noted that Albertans over the age of 75 and First Nations, Metis and Indigenous individuals over the age of 65 are eligible for a booster shot six months after their second shot was received. 

Additionally, she gave a bit of guidance for Halloween celebrations this year. 

“I am asking Albertans as clearly and strongly as possible to please be wise and safe while celebrating this year,” said Hinshaw. 

Here are some tips she provided during the update: 

  • Those who are sick should stay home and shouldn’t be handing out candy
  • Parties should be held outdoors with no more than 20 people
  • Indoor gatherings should be only 10 people from two households that are fully immunized 
  • Indoor gatherings are not permitted for those who are unvaccinated
  • Trick or treaters should wear a mask and be with their own household members and sanitize often
  • If you are handing out treats, you should wear a mask and limit contact with others
  • Use tongs or set treats out for contactless pick-up 

“Last year, we saw many generous Albertans get innovative when finding ways to safely deliver candy and I heard from many Albertans who enjoyed the day,” she added. 

Although COVID-19 numbers are starting to fall the doctor still encourages caution and hopes Albertans remain safe as they celebrate the occasion. 

October 21st new case numbers:

  • 770 new cases of the virus for October 20th
  • 10,434 active cases in Alberta
  • 912 people are hospitalized
  • 201 people admitted to ICUs with COVID
  • 3,014 total deaths from the virus in Alberta

Active case numbers in the Central Alberta area:

  • 83 active cases in the City of Lacombe
  • 122 active cases in the County of Lacombe
  • 403 active cases in the City of Red Deer
  • 122 active cases in the County of Red Deer
  • 252 active cases in the County of Ponoka
  • 55 active cases in the Town of Sylvan Lake
  • 50 active cases in the County of Stettler

**Not all cases in the Central Zone have been included.