The Omicron variant
As you know, Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant of concern, is spreading across the province. Alberta’s positivity rate in the past week has been as high as 37 per cent. This is the highest positivity rate we have ever had in this province, including all previous waves.
While we are still learning about Omicron, we do know that it is highly transmissible. We expect we will continue to see a considerable increase in cases over the coming weeks.
There are still many unknowns about this variant of concern. Joining me (Verna) on the vlog to discuss what we have learned about Omicron and what it means for staff, patients and the healthcare system are:
- Dr. Mark Joffe, Vice President and Medical Director, Cancer Care Alberta, Clinical Support Services and Provincial Clinical Excellence
- Dr. Laura McDougall, Senior Medical Officer of Health