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Newsroom Staff A man wearing a colourful sweater and a mask is seen walking down 17th Ave. SW. Friday, March 12, 2021. Photo by Brendan Miller/Postmedia Article content

With news on COVID-19 happening rapidly, we’ve created this page to bring you our latest stories and information on the outbreak in and around Calgary.

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Article content My COVID Story: How have you been impacted by coronavirus?

Postmedia is looking to speak with people who may have been impacted by COVID-19 here in Alberta.  Have you undergone a travel-related quarantine? Have you received your vaccine, and if so did you feel any side effects? Have you changed your life for the better because of the pandemic? Send us an email at reply@calgaryherald.com to tell us your experience, or send us a message via this form.

Read our ongoing coverage of personal stories arising from the pandemic.

Calgary pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccine

This map shows all 48 Calgary pharmacies that are offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are still necessary and can be booked by contacting the participating pharmacies. Details on eligibility and booking can be found here.

AHS vaccine booking portal down temporarily Saturday

Alberta Health Service’s online vaccine booking portal was down early Saturday as eligibility expanded to those born in 1961.

By 10 a.m., AHS was reporting the online system problem was resolved.

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Article content Friday AstraZeneca eligibility expands further

Eligibility will expand for AstraZeneca vaccine bookings tomorrow by one birth year.

All Albertans born in 1961, and First Nations/Metis/Inuit people born in 1976, will be eligible for bookings starting at 8 a.m.#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg

— Jason Herring (@jasonfherring) March 13, 2021 Advertisement

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Article content Friday Braid: UCP in polling dumps but pandemic recovery could spark reversal of fortune Premier Jason Kenney speaks at a press conference at Crowfoot CO-OP on March 2, 2021. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Columnist Don Braid writes:

No matter how you look at the opinion polls, it’s obvious that Premier Jason Kenney’s UCP government is deep in the tank.

A Leger poll done for Postmedia shows the NDP ahead among decided voters by 40 per cent to 20 per cent.

This may not be nearly as dramatic as it looks, because the poll also shows a large cluster of undecided voters, many of whom are leaning toward the UCP.

But there’s no denying the depth of UCP woes. Leger shows the UCP trailing the NDP in Edmonton, which is expected, but also in Calgary and the rest of the province.

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Friday Bishops ‘clarify’ earlier message, now say Catholics can receive any COVID vaccine available to them A vial of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Photo by Jack Boland/Postmedia

Canadian Catholics may in good conscience receive any COVID-vaccine that is available to them, even if it was developed using cell lines from an aborted human fetus, according to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This clarification for the faithful follows the confusing uproar over an earlier statement that Catholics should “prefer” the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines because, although “unethically-derived” cell lines may have used in final testing, the connection to abortion is “extremely remote.”

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Friday Alberta hits single-day vaccination record Thursday as AstraZeneca gathers momentum Alberta Health workers handle a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine on March 9, 2021, in this photo on Health Minister Tyler Shandro’s Twitter account. Photo by Twitter

Alberta administered 15,805 shots of COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, setting a new high mark for jabs given in a single day.

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The record bests the previous high, set Feb. 25, by more than 4,000 shots. It coincides with the start of inoculations using the AstraZeneca vaccine for those born after 1957 with no serious health conditions.

Through end-of-day Thursday, Alberta has given 333,379 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, with 91,470 Albertans fully immunized after receiving both necessary shots.

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Friday COVID-19 immunization centre for Indigenous seniors opening Monday in Calgary Elder Ernie Poundmaker, with The Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary and Beth Woytas, director of programs with OKAKI health intelligence, at a press conference at Canada’s first Indigenous COVID-19 immunization clinic on Friday. Photo by Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

A first-of-its-kind immunization clinic for Indigenous seniors is set to administer COVID-19 jabs beginning Monday in a “safe, comfortable and familiar” space for community members who might have otherwise been apprehensive to get vaccinated.

The clinic, located in the Circle of Wisdom Elders and Seniors Centre in Sunalta, launched Friday thanks to a partnership between multiple Indigenous-focused organizations, including the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary (AFCC), Siksika Health Services, OKAKI and Seven Brothers Circle.

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Friday Inside the complicated battle to save Alberta’s live music venues Calgary musician Eve Hell is lobbying the government to lift restrictions on live music. Photo by Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

As the province begins to slowly reopen after the latest lockdown and round of COVID-19 restrictions, owners of for-profit live venues are sounding the alarm about the lack of a coherent, long-term economic recovery plan specific to the live music and touring industry. A recent report released by Alberta-based West Anthem suggests the industry is worth $3 billion and employs nearly 21,000 people.

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Friday 425 new cases, two deaths

Here are today’s #COVID19AB stats:

-425 new cases (total now 137,562)
-2 new deaths (total now 1,935)
-257 currently in hospital, 38 in ICU (yesterday: 259 in hospital, 38 in ICU)
-4,546 active cases (up from 4,488)
-9,913 tests conducted (~4.3% positive)#yyc #yeg

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Through end-of-day Thursday, Alberta has administered 333,379 doses of vaccine, 15,805 more than the previous day — easily a new single-day record. (7,181.9 per 100,000)

91,470 of those doses are second doses. (104 more than the previous day)#COVID19AB #yyc #yeg

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Article content Alberta COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths A COVID-19 information sign outside the Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Photo by Gavin Young/Postmedia/File

Friday Telus Spark selling tickets in anticipation of Step 3 of province’s reopening plan The Telus Spark science centre in Calgary. Postmedia Archives

Telus Spark is selling tickets with plans to reopen on March 25.

That’s the earliest the science centre could reopen if Alberta moves ahead with Step 3 of its reopening plan.

Telus Spark will require masks indoors for everyone over the age of two and will be selling timed tickets to help aid with social distancing.

If Step 3 is delayed, Telus Spark will issue full refunds for tickets.

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