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Alberta Covid-19 positivity rate at 4.5 per cent today

Tuesday, 27 October 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Alberta Covid-19 positivity rate at 4.5 per cent today

Alberta Covid-19 positivity rate
at 4.5 per cent today

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

In total, 26,155 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 422 new cases confirmed from 9,325 tests conducted for a provincial positivity rate of about 4.5 per cent.

Pincher Creek region remains free of the virus and there is one active case in Crowsnest Pass.

There have been 159 recoveries since the last report, for a provincial recovery rate of about 81 per cent — 21,108 have recovered so far from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has increased by 261 since yesterday to 4,738. 

To date, there have been 309 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta. Two new deaths reported today include one in the City of Lethbridge.

There are 123 people hospitalized, with 16 admitted to intensive care. This is the highest number of hospitalizations since the onset of the pandemic.

Outbreaks with two or more confirmed cases in individuals who have been present at a school in the past 14 days, are reported at 104 Alberta schools. Forty-one are under “watch” status (five or more cases), while the others all have “open” status.

Five south zone schools are on the outbreak list. 

Four are in Lethbridge — St. Teresa of Calcutta School, Ecole La Verendrye, St. Francis Junior High School and Ecole St. Mary School. 

The fifth, W.R. Myers High School is in the Municipal District of Taber.

Livingstone Range School Division reported today that one case of Covid-19 has been identified at Willow Creek Composite High School in Claresholm (Calgary zone). See independent article at https://www.shootinthebreeze.ca/index.php/item/lrsd-confirms-first-case-of-covid-19.

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.

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. 

South Zone Information – 2,290 total cases  

254 active, 22 new, 22 recoveries, 1 death

2,008 people (about 88 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from Covid-19. 

Twenty-eight people have died since the onset of the pandemic in March, including one new death in the City of Lethbridge reported today.

Seven people are currently hospitalized with three in intensive care.

Eight outbreak sites have been identified in Lethbridge — Edith Cavell Care Centre, Columbia Assisted Living, Extendicare Fairmont Park, Lethbridge Family Services, Cavendish Farms, Children’s House Child Care Society, Meridian Manufacturing and New Life Pentacostal Church (Gospel Fire Evangelical). 

Lethbridge Coalhurst Good News Centre in Coalhurst and ROC Christian Ministries in Coaldale are also listed as public outbreak sites in the zone.

The cities of Lethbridge and Brooks, and Lethbridge County all remain under “watch” status.

The City of Lethbridge has 155 active cases in a population of 98,987, which is equivalent to 156.6 per 100,000.

Lethbridge County has 24 active cases of Covid-19 in a population of 25,228, which equals 95.1 per 100,000. 

Brooks has 30 active cases in a population of 19,297, equating 155.5 cases per 100,000 population.

Nearby, the MD of Willow Creek now has a “watch” in place as well, where 15 active cases in a population of 16,427 works out to 91.3 per 100,000.

Gathering restrictions and public health orders are in place with no additional measures at this time.

Community Breakdown for Tuesday, Oct. 27

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Oct. 26 

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report

Pincher Creek Region – 27 total
0 active, 25 recovered, 2 deaths

Crowsnest Pass – 3 total
1 active, 2 recovered

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

Cardston County/Kainai – 108 total
4 active, 99 recovered, 5 deaths

I.D. Waterton – 0 

City of Lethbridge – 463 total
155 active, 289 recovered, 3 deaths
* 11 new active, 16 new recoveries, 1 new death

Lethbridge County – 132 total
24 active, 107 recovered, 1 death
* 3 new active, 2 new recoveries

County of Warner – 71 total
5 active, 65 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new recovery

MD of Taber – 51 total
7 active, 44 recovered
* 1 new active

City of Brooks – 1,164 total
30 active, 1,125 recovered, 9 deaths
* 2 new active, 2 new recoveries

County of Newell – 44 total
9 active, 33 recovered, 2 deaths
* 2 new active

County of Forty Mile – 46 total
4 active, 42 recovered
* 1 new active

Cypress County – 38 total
5 active, 33 recovered
* 1 new active

Medicine Hat – 92 total
7 active, 83 recovered, 2 deaths
* 2 new active, 1 new recovery

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.


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. 

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.

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).

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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