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Active Covid-19 cases in south zone down to 38

Friday, 11 September 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Active Covid-19 cases in south zone down to 38

Active Covid-19 cases in
south zone down to 38

South zone Covid-19 update
Compiled by Shannon Robison, publisher

The number of active cases of Covid-19 continues to drop in the south zone and across Alberta.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, reported today there are 32 confirmed cases of Covid-19 (an increase of eight) where the infected persons were present while infectious at 29 different schools.

School outbreaks remain noted at Chinook High School in Lethbridge, Henry Wise Wood School in Calgary and St. Wilfred Elementary School in Calgary.

When a single case is confirmed to have been present at a school while infectious, and any time an outbreak of two or more cases is declared, all parents and guardians will receive a letter from AHS through their school informing them of the situation, the actions being taken and steps that will follow. 

“I want to stress that the map is a tool to keep the public informed, but it is not the vehicle for alerting parents when there is an outbreak at their school,” Dr. Hinshaw said Thursday. That notification will come directly from the school when a positive case is confirmed.

School outbreaks will not be reported in real time and the map information will be current to the end of the previous day just as the other pandemic statistics are.

The Government of Alberta school outbreak map can be found at https://bit.ly/2FeS3FR. It currently identifies schools with two or more confirmed cases.

An Alternate tracker is available at https://bit.ly/3k6LuUI, where the Support our Students Alberta organization is reporting information as soon as documentation regarding positive test confirmations is received.

Be aware there will be discrepancies between these two reports.

Shootin’ the Breeze will include south zone school information in the daily reporting on our website based on the official information provided by Alberta Health unless contacted directly by a local school.

Dr. Hinshaw also announced today that guidelines for singing have been updated.

Gatherings that include singing – ideally soloists or small groups – should take as many of the following precautions as possible:

  • Keep singers completely separate from the audience and each other by livestreaming individual singing separately
  • Limit the number of people singing in the same place to the fewest possible
  • Have people sing facing away from others or otherwise creating separation using a barrier such as Plexigla
  • Use pre-prepared audio or video recordings
  • Have singers wear facemasks while singing

There is no evidence to determine exactly what a safe distance would be between singers and others, but greater distances can reduce risk.

Congregational singing is strongly discouraged. Consider a soloist or instrumental music instead. 

In total, 15,415 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 111 new cases confirmed from 11,979 tested.

The provincial recovery rate is about 89 per cent as 13,718 have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has decreased to 1,444. 

Calgary zone: 560
South zone: 38 
Edmonton zone: 580
North zone: 213
Central zone: 45
To be determined:8

To date, there have been 253 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta. There was one new death reported today along with one removed from the total as it was determined to not be related to Covid-19.

There are 41 people hospitalized, with six in intensive care.

South Zone Information – 1,777 cases 38 active (3 new) 

1,714 people (about 96 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from Covid-19. 

Twenty-five people have died since the onset of the pandemic in March. 

There are no hospitalizations in the south zone.

A school outbreak has been reported at Chinook High School in Lethbridge where the school status is listed as “open.”

School classifications are “open,” “watch,” and “enhanced.”

Open – No schools in this area have outbreaks of five or more cases. Schools remain open under Scenario 1, with near-normal operations with some public health measures. Parents may have received an alert from their school. AHS may be working with local schools, but any additional measures are localized and targeted.

Watch – School outbreak declared with five or more cases where disease could have been acquired or transmitted in the school. Schools remain open under Scenario 1 with the province monitoring risk and working with the school, school authority and AHS. Additional public health measures may be in the place within a school to control the spread.

Enhanced – Risk levels require enhanced measures to control the spread at a school or school authority level. Schools may be moved to Scenario 2 (in-school classes partially operating) or Scenario 3 (at-home learning).

Community Breakdown for Friday, Sept. 11

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Sept. 10

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report

Pincher Creek Region (26 total) – 0 active, 25 recovered, 1 death

Crowsnest Pass (2 total) – 0 active, 2 recovered

Fort Macleod (33 total) – 0 active, 30 recovered, 3 deaths

Cardston County/Kainai (105 total) – 4 active, 96 recovered, 5 deaths
* 1 new active

I.D. Waterton (0) 

Lethbridge (166 total) – 11 active, 153 recovered, 2 deaths
* 2 new active, 2 new recoveries

Lethbridge County (42 total) – 10 active, 32 recovered

County of Warner (62 total) – 3 active, 58 recovered, 1 death

MD of Taber (39 total) – 0 active, 39 recovered

City of Brooks (1,128 total) – 2 active, 1,117 recovered, 9 deaths

County of Newell (32 total) – 0 active, 30 recovered, 2 deaths

County of Forty Mile (25 total) – 4 active, 21 recovered

Cypress County (31 total) – 0 active, 31 recovered

Medicine Hat (72 total) – 3 active, 67 recovered, 2 deaths

Oyen (13 total) – 0 active, 13 recovered

*** Pincher Creek Region includes the Town of Pincher Creek; MD of Pincher Creek and its hamlets of Beaver Mines, Lowland Heights, Lundbreck, Pincher Station and Twin Butte; the Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation.

All Covid-positive cases are followed up urgently by Alberta Health Services. If you have a positive test, you will be contacted directly by AHS. The Communicable Disease Control team does confidential contact tracing and follows stringent guidelines to determine who is considered a close contact. Those people will be contacted directly.

If you have a positive test, you are not expected to do your own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing so as many factors determine who is considered to be a close contact.

If you have not been contacted by AHS, you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.

Residents are to continue following all public health orders and gathering restrictions:

  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 14 days for anyone who is a close contact of someone with Covid-19, or who return to, or entered Alberta from outside of Canada
  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 10 days for anyone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19 or symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness or breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people for indoor social events (such as weddings and funerals), 100 for outdoor social events and indoor seated/audience events, and 200 for audience-type community outdoor events.
  • No additional measures are currently in place but people are to continue maintaining physical distancing of two metres from people outside of one’s own household or cohort and to continue practising good hand hygiene.
  • The province’s relaunch status map can be viewed at COVID-19 relaunch status map | alberta.ca

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