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Alberta passes 10,000 active Covid cases, adds 20 deaths today

Sunday, 15 November 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Alberta passes 10,000 active Covid cases, adds 20 deaths today

Alberta passes 10,000 active cases,
adds 20 deaths today

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


Numbers related to Covid-19 continue to climb — active cases, hospitalizations, deaths and recoveries — and put strain on Alberta’s health-care system.

Nov. 15 Alberta Overview – 40,189 total cases
Data updated Monday, Nov. 16

1,026 new cases Nov. 13
991 new cases Nov. 14
860 new cases Nov. 15
Number of tests conducted is not available but Dr. Hinshaw reported today that Nov. 15 results are based on “just over 12,000 tests” and that the provincial positivity rate is about seven per cent.

10,031 active cases, increase of 1,438 since Nov. 12

1,500 recoveries since Nov. 12 for a total of 29,731 – recovery rate of about 74 per cent

264 hospitalizations with 57 intensive care admissions

3 deaths Nov. 13
6 deaths Nov. 14
20 deaths Nov. 15

427 Albertans have now died – mortality rate of about 1.1 per cent

1,046 active cases in a total of 309 schools (about 13 per cent)

173 schools have outbreaks including 65 on watch, for a total of 869 cases

136 schools are on alert with a total of 177 cases 

In-school transmission has likely occurred in 151 schools. Of these, about 79 had only one new case as a result.

238 schools have now been removed from the alert list

379 active cases in continuing-care facilities where 2,000 people have recovered and 275 residents have died


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Cases per 100,000 population and per cent of total cases:
Edmonton Zone – 1,064.7 (38%)
Calgary Zone – 1,031.7 (43%)
South Zone – 1,004.5 (8%)
North Zone – 594.7 (7%)
Central Zone – 327.2 (4%)

Cases reported Nov. 9 to 15:
37 – under one year
195 – 1 to 4 years
261 – 5 to 9 years
758 – 10 to 19 years
1,261 – 20 to 29 years
1,188 – 30 to 39 years
899 – 40 to 49 years
730 – 50 to 59 years
372 – 60 to 69 years
197 – 70 to 79 years
148 – 80+ years
0 – unknown

Route of suspected acquisition for these cases:
347 – close contact of a case
339 – outbreak associated
0 – Travel
5,333 – UNKNOWN

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Many areas of the province are currently under “enhanced watch” status with additional mandatory and voluntary measures in place.

These extra precautions apply when there are a minimum of 10 active cases AND an equivalent of 50 or more active cases per 100,000. Areas with “enhanced” status and other specific urban centres are required to follow new mandatory restrictions.

South zone areas with “enhanced” status are Cardston County, Fort Macleod, City of Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, County of Warner, MD of Taber, County of Newell, City of Brooks, County of Forty Mile, City of Medicine Hat and Cypress County. 

Pincher Creek region, Crowsnest Pass, Waterton and Oyen are the south zone areas with “open” status at this time.

What does this mean for areas with “open” status?

Pincher Creek Region, Crowsnest Pass, Waterton and Oyen will not move to “enhanced” status unless they get to the point of having 10 active cases of Covid-19, even though the rate per 100,000 will pass 50 before then.

For example, Pincher Creek region currently has seven active cases, the equivalent of 84.3 per 100,000, which is above the trigger point of 50, but status for the area will only change if there are also 10 active cases.

Waterton currently has no active cases and Crowsnest Pass and Oyen each have one. The scenario is the same for them, it will take an active-case count of 10 for status to change from “open” to “enhanced.”

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Mandatory measures effective Nov. 13
For all Alberta communities and municipalities with “enhanced” status
Map is available at https://bit.ly/ABStatusMap

  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11. Applies to Class A, B, or C licences (in effect until Nov. 27)
  • 15-person limit on social and family gatherings — indoors and outdoors — where people are mixing and mingling
  • 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to ⅓ capacity at one time

Voluntary measures effective Nov. 13
For all Alberta communities and municipalities with “enhanced” status
Map is available at https://bit.ly/ABStatusMap

  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other businesses that are subject to legal limits and take steps to prevent transmission
  • Limit of three cohorts: your core household, your school and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend child care can be part of four cohorts
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place
  • Employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time

Mandatory measures specific to urban centres
Includes Lethbridge in the south zone along with Calgary and area, Edmonton and area, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Red Deer

  • Ban on indoor group fitness classes and team sport activities (in effect until Nov. 27)
  • Ban on group performance activities: singing, dancing and theatre (in effect until Nov. 27)

Further details are available at https://bit.ly/Nov13Enhanced


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South Zone Specifics
Sunday, Nov. 15 
3,102 total cases
Data updated Monday, Nov. 16

143 new cases since Nov. 12 (number tested not available)

556 active cases, increase of 44

2,511 total recoveries, increase of 96 – recovery rate of about 81 per cent

21 hospitalizations with six intensive care admissions

Three new deaths for a total of 35 – mortality rate of about 1.1 per cent

Dr. Hinshaw said today that the acute care outbreaks at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge and Bow Island Health Centre were declared over on Nov. 14. Both currently remain on the AHS website, which is updated Tuesdays and Fridays.

11 public outbreak sites

17 schools with outbreaks including three with “watch” status

11 of 15 communities/regions under “enhanced” status. Additional public health measures and gathering restrictions are in place as noted above for these areas that have crossed the “watch” threshold. 

Outbreak details included in the community breakdown below

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Community Breakdown

Sunday, Nov. 15
Data updated Monday, Nov. 16

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report for Thursday, Nov. 12

Pincher Creek Region – 34 total
7 active, 25 recovered, 2 deaths
* 3 new active
84.3 per 100,000 – “open” status (less than 10 active cases)
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

Crowsnest Pass – 4 total
1 active, 3 recovered
* 1 new active
15.8 per 100,000 – “open” status

Fort Macleod – 43 total
8 active, 32 recovered, 3 deaths
* 5 new active, 1 new recovery
MD of Willow Creek = 79.1 per 100,000 (13 active in MD) – under “enhanced watch”

Cardston County/Kainai – 134 total
21 active, 108 recovered, 5 deaths
* 11 new active, 1 new recovery
127.6 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”

I.D. Waterton – 0
0 per 100,000 – “open” status

City of Lethbridge – 757 total
168 active, 582 recovered, 7 deaths
* 41 new active, 46 new recoveries, 1 new death
169.7 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Outbreak at Chinook Regional Hospital declared over Nov. 14
Public outbreak sites – Edith Cavell Care Centre, St. Michael’s Health Centre, Good Samaritan West Highland Centre, Cavendish Farms, New Life Pentacostal Church (Gospel Fire Evangelical), private gathering and Top Hat Adult Entertainment
School outbreaks (open) – Immanuel Christian Secondary School, Gilbert Paterson Middle School, Catholic Central High School, Wilson Middle School, General Stewart School, Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School and Chinook High School. Outbreaks at St. Francis Junior High School and Ecole St. Mary School declared over.
School outbreak (watch) – Winston Churchill High School

Lethbridge County – 250 total
80 active, 169 recovered, 1 death
* 12 new active, 21 new recoveries
317.1 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Public outbreak site – ROC Christian Ministries in Coaldale
School outbreaks (open) – St. Catherine’s School in Picture Butte, Barons School in Barons and Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale

County of Warner – 84 total
10 active, 73 recovered, 1 death
* 2 new active, 2 new recoveries
91 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch” 

MD of Taber –132 total
71 active, 61 recovered
* 19 new active, 4 new recoveries
376.4 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
School outbreak (open) – Taber Christian School Alternative Program
School outbreak (watch) – W.R. Myers High School

City of Brooks – 1,235 total
37 active, 1,187 recovered, 11 deaths
* 6 new active, 11 new recoveries, 1 new death
191.7 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Public outbreak site – Studio Elle
School outbreak (open) – Brooks Junior High School
School outbreak (watch) – Eastbrook Elementary School

County of Newell – 86 total
30 active, 54 recovered, 2 deaths
* 11 new active, 3 new recoveries
370.7 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
School outbreak (open) – Bassano School

County of Forty Mile – 85 total
31 active, 53 recovered, 1 death
* 6 new active, 2 new recoveries, 1 new death
Acute care outbreak at Bow Island Health Centre declared over Nov. 14
481.1 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch” 

Cypress County – 86 total
39 active, 47 recovered
* 8 new active, 4 new recoveries
347.6 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Public outbreak site – Redcliff Legion

Medicine Hat – 152 total
50 active, 100 recovered, 2 deaths
* 17 new active, 1 new recovery
73.5 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Public outbreak site – private dayhome
School outbreak (open) – Crestwood School and Medicine Hat High School (new today)

Oyen – 14 total
1 active, 13 recovered
Special Areas 2 = 21.9 per 100,000 – “open” status

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Sunday, Nov. 15

Alberta Information by Zone
Updated Monday, Nov. 16
Changes in statistics since the last report for Thursday, Nov. 12

Calgary Zone
17,384 confirmed cases   +1,212
4,134 active cases   +588
13,070 recovered cases   +615
78 in hospital
14 in intensive care
173 deaths   +9

Edmonton Zone
15,137 confirmed cases   +1,144
4,134 active cases   +562
10,835 recovered cases   +567
153 in hospital
36 in intensive care
168 deaths   +15

Central Zone
1,556 confirmed cases   +141
447 active cases   +94
1,099 recovered cases   +46
3 in hospital
0 in intensive care
10 deaths   +1   

South Zone
3,102 confirmed cases   +143
556 active cases   +44
2,511 recovered cases   +96
21 in hospital
6 in intensive care
35 deaths   +3      

North Zone
2,855 confirmed cases   +197
553 active cases   +112
2,149 recovered cases   +84
9 in hospital
1 in intensive care
41 deaths   +1      

Unknown Zone
155 confirmed cases  
88 active cases  
67 recovered cases 
0 in hospital
0 in intensive care
0 deaths   

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There are currently high rates of in-home transmission, with family members infecting one another and simple steps can have a big impact:

  • If you are sick with even mild symptoms, take steps to protect those around you.
  • Isolate yourself in the house in a separate bedroom and use a different bathroom than family members if possible.
  • If unable to isolate yourself within the home, wear a mask and disinfect common surfaces.
  • Do not eat with family members, share utensils or food, or spend prolonged time in close contact with them.
  • Do not leave the house, even if symptoms are mild and even if you don’t want to miss an important family gathering.

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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.


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1-855-627-5365

Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization operates a toll-free information number for those without Internet access to receive up-to-date information on the Covid-19 situation. 

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The Government of Alberta school outbreak map can be found at https://bit.ly/2FeS3FR

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. 

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).


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