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April 5 Covid-19 update

Monday, 05 April 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

April 5 Covid-19 update

Pincher Creek sees major
recovery over Easter weekend

South zone Covid-19 update
By Jenaya Launstein


This Covid-19 update provides details for Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass and all communities in the south zone, and more general information for other zones and Alberta as a whole. It includes new cases and positivity rates, active cases, recoveries and recovery rates, hospitalizations and ICU admissions, deaths and mortality rates, R values, outbreaks, school information, immunization updates, Alberta Health video and more, compiled from Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services data.

Nearly 4,000 cases of Covid-19 were identified over the Easter weekend and the province's positivity rate is sitting at 9.9 per cent.

The south and central zones are now the only areas in Alberta that remain free of confirmed cases of the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.

The Pincher Creek area saw major recovery over the weekend and Crowsnest Pass stats remain unchanged.

No updates to R values, current outbreaks or school statuses were provided today.


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Covid-19 vaccinations continue, with 116,198 people fully immunized with both doses, and a total of 707,482 doses administered across the province.

The shots have led to a total of 205 adverse reactions to date, representing 0.03 per cent, or about three in 10,000.

Community physicians are expected to begin administering vaccines in their clinics in April.

Vaccines take time to work. Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines show protection starting 12 to 14 days after the first dose.

You are still vulnerable to contracting the virus before this time, and even afterwards there is still a small chance of contracting the virus or passing it along to others.

People who have been immunized must continue to follow public health measures in order to protect themselves and others from Covid-19.


Statistics in this post are current as of the end of day, Apr. 4, 2021.

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Alberta – 153,194 total

10,582 active cases

Over the long weekend, testing confirms 3,987 new cases of Covid-19 in Alberta (1,081 on Apr. 1; 1,071 on Apr.2; 948 on Apr. 3; and 887 on Apr. 4) . Of these, 1,933 cases (48 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 10,582, an increase of 1,929.

With 9,102 tests conducted over the past 24 hours, the provincial positivity rate is 9.9 per cent (up from 8.6 the previous day), and the seven-day average is 8.1 per cent.

A total of 6,310 variant cases have been confirmed in Alberta. Of these, 4,145 are active (39 per cent of Alberta's total active cases), 2,137 have recovered and variants have led to 28 deaths.

There are now 6,273 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, 22 cases of the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa and 15 cases of the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.

The addition of 2,054 recoveries brings the total to 140,614 and a provincial recovery rate of 92 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by 20 to 312 while ICU admissions have increased by 17 to 76.

Four new deaths over the past 24 hours means the provincial total has increased to 1,998. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is 1.3 per cent.

As of Mar. 31, there are 61 active cases  among seniors living in long-term care homes and supportive/home-living sites.

Recoveries in these settings now number 9,153 and 1,231 deaths represent 62 per cent of Alberta's total.

Active cases with unknown zone – 93
Recovered cases with unknown zone – 119
Deaths with unknown zone – 0

The zone of current hospitalization and current ICU admission are based on a patient's location of hospitalization, not the zone of patient residence. For example, a Pincher Creek resident hospitalized in Calgary is categorized as an active case in the Pincher Creek region, and their hospitalization statistic will show in the Calgary zone.

Alberta Health shares information regarding deaths as soon as it is available. There can be delays in death reporting to Alberta Health or in post-mortem confirmation of a death having Covid-19 as a contributing cause. The number reported on any given day is typically a total from multiple days.


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South Zone – 8,478 total

878 active cases

Over the long weekend, testing confirms 271 new cases of Covid-19 in the south zone. Of these, 98 cases (36 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 878, an increase of 14.

With 931 tests conducted over the past 24 hours, the south zone positivity rate is 8.2 per cent (down from 9.3 the previous day).

The seven-day average positivity is 7.8 per cent compared to a rate of 8.1 for the province as a whole.

A total of 376 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents six per cent of the total number in Alberta.

There are 252 active cases, 124 recoveries and zero deaths associated with variants in the south zone. It is unknown which specific areas within the zone the variants of concern have been diagnosed.

All variant cases confirmed in the zone are the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. 

The addition of 257 recoveries brings the total to 7,494 and a zone recovery rate of 88 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by one to 35 while ICU admissions increased by one to nine.

With no new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the zone total remains at 106 and the mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is 1.3 per cent.

Detailed information for all individual south-zone areas, R values, school information and outbreak sites is provided below zone statistics.


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Calgary Zone – 59,752 total

4,981 active cases

Over the long weekend, testing confirms 1,914 new cases of Covid-19 in the Calgary zone. Of these, 881 cases (46 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 4,981, an increase of 923.

A total of 2,781 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents 44 per cent of the total in Alberta. 

This includes 2,753 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, 16 cases of the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa and 12 cases of the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.

There are 1,879 active cases, 899 recoveries and three deaths associated with variants in the Calgary zone. It is unknown which specific areas within the zone the variants of concern have been diagnosed.

The addition of 990 recoveries brings the total to 54,165 and a zone recovery rate of 91 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by seven to 119 while ICU admissions increased by 10 to 38.

With one death reported in the past 24 hours, the Calgary zone total has increased to 606. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is one per cent.



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Edmonton Zone – 58,144 total

2,365 active cases

Over the long weekend, testing confirms 894 new cases of Covid-19 in the Edmonton zone. Of these, 464 cases (52 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 2,365, an increase of 476.

A total of 1,869 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents 30 per cent of the total in Alberta. 

This includes 1,862 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom, six cases of the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa and one case of the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.

There are 1,101 active cases, 745 recoveries and 23 deaths associated with variants in the Edmonton zone. It is unknown which specific areas within the zone the variants of concern have been diagnosed.

The addition of 416 recoveries brings the total to 54,765 and a zone recovery rate of 94 per cent.

Hospitalizations have increased by 10 to 94, while ICU admissions have increased by six to 19.

With two deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the Edmonton zone total has increased to 1,014. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is 1.7 per cent.



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Central Zone – 11,932 total

874 active cases

Over the long weekend, testing confirms 303 new cases of Covid-19 in the central zone. Of these, 180 cases (59 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 874, an increase of 133.

A total of 714 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents 11 per cent of the total in Alberta.

There are 396 active cases, 316 recoveries and two deaths associated with variants in the central zone. It is unknown which specific areas within the zone the variants of concern have been diagnosed.

All variant cases confirmed in the zone are the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom. 

The addition of 169 recoveries brings the total to 10,935 and a zone recovery rate of 92 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by one to 32 and ICU admissions increased by one to five.

With one death reported in the past 24 hours, the central zone total has increased to 123. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is one per cent.


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North Zone – 14,676 total

1,391 active cases

Over the long weekend, testing confirms 553 new cases of Covid-19 in the north zone. Of these, 292 cases (53 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 1,391, an increase of 333.

A total of 541 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents nine per cent of the total in Alberta.

This includes 539 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom and two cases of the P.1 variant first identified in Brazil.

There are 488 active cases, 53 recoveries and zero deaths associated with variants in the north zone. It is unknown which specific areas within the zone the variants of concern have been diagnosed.

The addition of 220 recoveries brings the total to 13,136 and a zone recovery rate of 90 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by one to 32 while ICU admissions decreased by one to five.

With no deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the north zone total remains at 149. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is one per cent.



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R values

March 22 to 28, 2021

R values are provided weekly on Mondays.

Also known as the reproduction number, R values describe whether cases are currently increasing, decreasing or staying the same (i.e. the average number of people someone infected with Covid-19 will infect).

If the R value is one, then an infected person will, on average, infect one other person.

An R value below one means the rate of transmission was decreasing during that period and if it is above one, it was increasing.

Current rates are in bold. As an indication of trends, values below are statistics from Dec. 7 to 13, 2020, to the most recent.

1.09 Alberta (provincewide)

0.98, 0.92, 0.99, 0.90, 0.84, 0.81, 0.83, 0.87, 0.85, 1.03, 1.01, 0.95, 1.07, 1.14, 1.09

1.10 Edmonton zone

1.0, 0.89, 0.92, 0.80, 0.81, 0.81, 0.74, 0.82, 0.78, 0.93, 1.16, 1.02, 0.99, 1.13, 1.10

1.12 Calgary zone

0.92, 0.97, 1.02, 0.96, 0.79, 0.83, 0.83, 0.82, 0.82, 0.95, 1.01, 0.95, 1.08, 1.23, 1.12

1.04 rest of Alberta

1.01, 0.90, 1.06, 0.97, 0.88, 0.77, 0.90, 0.96, 0.94, 1.13, 0.94, 0.90, 1.10, 1.05, 1.04


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South zone outbreaks

Alberta Health updates outbreak information on Tuesdays and Fridays. Outbreak alerts remain active until four weeks pass with no new cases, and not all outbreaks listed have current transmission or active cases.

Dates indicate when outbreaks are first reported by Alberta Health.

Acute-care centres

An outbreak was declared Mar. 17 on one unit at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge. To date, two patients associated with this unit have tested positive.

An outbreak was declared Mar. 29 on one unit at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge. To date, one patient associated with this unit has tested positive.

Long-term care facilities

The Valleyview in Medicine Hat – since Feb. 16

Supportive-living and home-living sites

Grandview Village in Lethbridge – since March 12

Martha's House in Lethbridge – since March 12

The View at Lethbridge in Lethbridge – since Jan. 12

St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge – since Mar. 22

Other facilities and settings

Lethbridge Alpha House in Lethbridge – since Dec. 7, 2020

Blackfoot Family Lodge Society in Lethbridge – since Mar. 8

Sunrise Poultry Processors in Lethbridge – since Mar. 19.

Trinity Reformed Church in Lethbridge – since Mar. 22

Kingdom Kids Christian Child Care in Lethbridge – since Mar. 29


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School statistics

Updates of school stats are provided on weekdays by Alberta Health. 

As of Mar. 31, about 17 per cent of Alberta schools are on alert or have outbreaks of Covid-19, with 2,024 cases in total.

274 schools are on alert with 566 total cases, while 143 schools have outbreaks with an additional 1,458 cases.

In-school transmission has likely occured at 318 schools. Of these 129 have had only one new case occur as a result.

South zone schools as of April 4

Cardston Elementary School in Cardston – alert since Mar. 9 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 21. This school was downgraded back to alert status on Mar. 23.

Cardston Junior High School in Cardston – alert since Mar. 9, outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 11 and outbreak of 10 or more cases since Mar. 21.

Cardston High School in Cardston – alert since Mar. 28


R.I. Baker Middle School in Coaldale (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 22

Coaldale Christian School in Coaldale (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 29


Calvin Christian School in Coalhurst (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 18 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 21

Coalhurst Elementary School in Coalhurst (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 24

Coalhurst High School in Coalhurst (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 28


Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge – alert since Feb. 11, outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 15 and outbreak of 10 or more cases since Mar. 28

Chinook High School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 30

Dr. Gerald B. Probe Elementary School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 21

Ecole Agnes Davidson School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 14

Ecole La Verendrye in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 21

Ecole Nicholas Sheran School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 8 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 30

Father Leonard Van Tighem School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 25 

Galbraith School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 9, outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 10 and outbreak of 10 or more cases since Mar. 28

G.S. Lakie Middle School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 28

Immanuel Christian Elementary School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 22 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 25

Immanuel Christian Secondary School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 21 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 23

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 14 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 21


Mike Mountain Horse School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 9

Park Meadows School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 22

Senator Buchanan Elementary School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 16

Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 9

St. Francis Junior High School in Lethbridge ­– alert since Feb. 28 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 14

St. Paul School in Lethbridge – alert since Mar. 19
Holy Spirit School Division has advised that due to the school’s small size and the configuration of staff required to quarantine, the grade 5 and 6 classes will be moving to online learning until April 12.


St. Teresa of Calcutta School in Lethbridge – outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 8

Wilson Middle School in Lethbridge – alert since Feb. 16, outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 8 and outbreak of 10 or more cases since Mar. 17


Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge – alert since Feb. 16, outbreak of five to nine cases since Feb. 17 and outbreak of 10 or more cases since Mar. 21


Providence Christian School in Monarch (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 24.


Noble Central School in Nobleford (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 23.


St. Catherine School in Picture Butte (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 18
Holy Spirit School Division has advised that due to the school’s small size and the number of teachers required to quarantine, the grades 6 to 9 classes will be moving to online learning until March 30.


Dr. Hamman School in Taber – alert since Mar. 28

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Separate School in Taber – alert since Mar. 29.


St. Michael's School in Medicine Hat – alert since Mar. 30 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Mar. 31


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South-zone community breakdown

New cases, recoveries and deaths are in comparison to stats from the previous day.

Pincher Creek area – 247 total

4 active cases

238 recovered

5 Covid-related deaths

The Pincher Creek area has one new case and 10 recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 47.9.

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


Crowsnest Pass – 30 total

2 active cases

28 recovered

Zero Covid-related deaths

Crowsnest Pass has no changes.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 31.8.

Fort Macleod – 157 total

37 active cases

116 recovered

4 Covid-related deaths

Fort Macleod has 14 new cases and five recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 278.3 in the MD of Willow Creek, not all of which is in the AHS south zone.

Cardston County – 809 total

54 active cases

741 recovered

14 Covid-related deaths

Cardston County has 11 new cases and 10 recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 329.

I.D. No. 4 (Waterton) – Zero total

Waterton is the only region in the south zone to be Covid-free.


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City of Lethbridge – 3,388 total

507 active cases

2,851 recovered

30 Covid-related deaths

The City of Lethbridge has 164 new cases and 169 recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 504, which remains fourth highest in the province.

Lethbridge County – 737 total

122 active cases

607 recovered

8 Covid-related deaths

Lethbridge County has 37 new cases and 47 recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 475, which drops to eighth highest in the province.

County of Warner – 184 total

6 active cases

175 recovered

3 Covid-related deaths

The County of Warner has three new cases and one recovery.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 54.

MD of Taber – 419 total

64 active cases

349 recovered

6 Covid-related deaths

The MD of Taber has 11 new cases and eight recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 336.

Brooks – 1,367 total

2 active cases

1,351 recovered

14 Covid-related deaths

Brooks has one new recovery.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 10.


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County of Newell – 163 total

3 active cases

158 recovered

2 Covid-related deaths

The County of Newell has one new case.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 38.

County of Forty Mile – 129 total

6 active cases

120 recovered

3 Covid-related deaths

The County of Forty Mile has one new case and two recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 94.

Cypress County – 159 total

13 active cases

146 recovered

Zero Covid-related deaths

Cypress County has four new cases.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 115.

Medicine Hat – 614 total

45 active cases

552 recovered

17 Covid-related deaths

Medicine Hat has 20 new cases and three recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is now 66.

Oyen area – 52 total

9 active cases

43 recovered

Zero Covid-related deaths

The Oyen area has three new cases.

The Oyen area includes Special Areas 2 and 3, and the MD of Acadia.

With eight active cases, the rate of active cases per 100,000 people in Special Area 3 is 323.9.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people in the MD of Acadia is zero.

There are nine active cases in Special Area 2 and the rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 198, however, not all of this area is in the AHS south zone.


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Statistics in this post are current as of the end of day, Apr. 4 and updated Apr. 5, 2021. It is compiled from information provided by Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

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