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April 6 Covid-19 update

Tuesday, 06 April 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

April 6 Covid-19 update

Alberta reverts to Step 1
as variant cases rise

South zone Covid-19 update
By Shannon Robison and 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.

Variant strains of the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19 are on the rise provincially, nationally and globally as the third wave of the pandemic gains momentum.

It is not yet clear if variants cause more severe illness, but increased spread will result in higher rates of illness, hospitalization and death.

Premier Jason Kenney put the brakes on Alberta’s Path Forward this afternoon and, effective at midnight, Stop the Spike takes provincial restrictions back to Step 1.

Based on current virus transmission, the premier says the province is set to hit maximum health-care system capacity by mid May.

“The only responsible choice … is to take immediate action.”

The Calgary and Area Medical Staff Society and Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association predict even higher numbers. Their modelling shows daily variant cases will double in a week and, with numbers continuing to climb, that hospitals and intensive-care units will be overwhelmed before the end of April.

They are calling for an immediate lockdown or circuit breaker.

The province’s response does not go quite that far. 

Mandatory public health measures for retail, fitness and performance activities revert to Step 1 at midnight tonight. 

Customer capacity for retail businesses is limited to 15 per cent of fire-code occupancy, with a minimum of five customers permitted. Use of curbside pickup, delivery and online services is encouraged.

Only scheduled one-on-one training with an individual or household is permitted for indoor fitness activities.

Indoor group fitness activities, regardless of intensity level, are no longer allowed. Outdoor physical activity is allowed with up to 10 people, provided physical distancing is maintained between households.

Adult performance activities like dancing, singing, acting and playing musical instruments are not permitted.

As of noon Friday, restaurants will be limited to providing only takeout, curbside, delivery and patio service. Outdoor patio dining is limited to household members only, or two close contacts of someone who lives alone.

Indoor social gatherings continue to be prohibited and outdoor social gatherings remain limited to 10 participants with physical distancing between households.

Personal and wellness services, such as hair salons and massage, can be open by appointment, as can health services including physiotherapy, shelters and emergency services, among others.

Places of worship remain limited to 15 per cent of fire-code capacity for in-person services.

Premier Kenney, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw all stress that success of these measures depends on people abiding by the rules.

“In the race between variants and the virus, variants are winning,” the premier said. “To be blunt, this wave is here.”

About 43 per cent of active cases in Alberta are now variants of concern.

As of Monday, 408 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom have been confirmed in Alberta’s south zone and 264 remain active. Alberta Health Services does not provide location breakdowns beyond the zone level.

As health officials stress, everyone should continue heeding precautionary advice and restrictions, remembering that Covid has no boundaries, and practising kindness.

In the past week, variant cases in Alberta have almost doubled, increasing from 3,649 to 6,986. This includes 6,949 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the U.K., 22 cases of B.1.351 first identified in South Africa, and 15 cases of P.1 first identified in Brazil. 

In the same period, the number of active cases of Covid-19 in the province jumped from 7,975 to 10,809, a total not reached since Jan. 19.

The south zone saw 474 new cases in the past week. None of these were in Crowsnest Pass and only four were in the Pincher Creek area. 

The rate of new cases in Cardston County slowed to 22 last week, while Lethbridge added 280, Fort Macleod increased by 25 and Lethbridge County gained 62. Waterton remains the only area in the zone to be Covid-free throughout the pandemic.

South zone hospitalizations and ICU admissions are both up slightly, at 36 and 10 respectively. There has been one death in the past seven days, for a total of 106 since the onset of the pandemic.

Provincially, hospitalizations and ICU admissions are both up, at 328 and 76 respectively, and the number of deaths rose by 14 to 2,001.

Positivity rate is another indicator health officials are watching closely. The south zone seven-day average has increased from 6.6 per cent a week ago to 7.6, while the provincial figure increased from 5.9 to 8.4. R values are also up across the board, indicating a higher rate of transmission.

“If we do not take action, fatalities will also rise in the coming weeks,” said Dr. Hinshaw, adding that limiting in-person interactions is the best way to decrease cases in the short term.

Health officials will continue monitoring these statistics, and today’s rollback of restrictions does not come with an anticipated end date.

Albertans are reminded to stay home if not feeling well and to book a test if experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 such as cough, sore throat, fever, shortness of breath and runny nose. Call 811 or book an appointment online at bit.ly/SelfAssessmentTesting.

Additional Covid-19 information is available online from Aakom-Kiyii Health Services and the Blood Tribe Department of Health with regard both to cases and to variants specific to their communities.



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Covid-19 vaccinations continue, with 123,272 people fully immunized with both doses, and a total of 734,403 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.

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. 5, 2021.


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Alberta – 154,125 total

10,809 active cases

Testing confirms 931 new cases of Covid-19 in Alberta. Of these, 676 cases (73 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 10,809, an increase of 227.

With 9,126 tests conducted, the provincial positivity rate is 10.2 per cent (up from 9.9 the previous day), and the seven-day average is 8.4 per cent.

A total of 6,986 variant cases have been confirmed in Alberta. Of these, 4,604 are active (43 per cent of Alberta's total active cases), 2,353 have recovered and variants have led to 29 deaths.

There are now 6,949 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 701 recoveries brings the total to 141,315 and a provincial recovery rate of 92 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by 16 to 328 while ICU admissions remain at 76.

Three new deaths over the past 24 hours means the provincial total has increased to 2,001. 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 – 94
Recovered cases with unknown zone – 120
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 – 8,526 total

874 active cases

Testing confirms 48 new cases of Covid-19 in the south zone. Of these, 32 cases (67 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 874, a decrease of four.

With 656 tests conducted, the south zone positivity rate is 7.6 per cent (down from 8.2 the previous day).

The seven-day average positivity is 7.6 per cent compared to a rate of 8.4 for the province as a whole.

A total of 408 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents six per cent of the total number in Alberta.

There are 264 active cases, 144 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 52 recoveries brings the total to 7,546 and a zone recovery rate of 89 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by one to 36 while ICU admissions increased by one to 10.

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 1.2 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 – 60,207 total

5,122 active cases

Testing confirms 455 new cases of Covid-19 in the Calgary zone. Of these, 320 cases (70 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 5,122, an increase of 141.

A total of 3,101 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents 44 per cent of the total in Alberta. 

This includes 3,073 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 2,101 active cases, 996 recoveries and four 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 311 recoveries brings the total to 54,476 and a zone recovery rate of 90 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by 11 to 130 while ICU admissions decreased by one to 37.

With three deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the Calgary zone total has increased to 609. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is one per cent.



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Edmonton Zone – 58,385 total

2,447 active cases

Testing confirms 241 new cases of Covid-19 in the Edmonton zone. Of these, 186 cases (77 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 2,447, an increase of 82.

A total of 2,055 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents 29 per cent of the total in Alberta. 

This includes 2,048 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 1,234 active cases, 798 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 159 recoveries brings the total to 54,924 and a zone recovery rate of 94 per cent.

Hospitalizations have increased by three to 97, while ICU admissions remain at 19.

With no deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the Edmonton zone total remains at 1,014. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is 1.7 per cent.



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Central Zone – 12,007 total

878 active cases

Testing confirms 75 new cases of Covid-19 in the central zone. Of these, 73 cases (97 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

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

A total of 787 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents 11 per cent of the total in Alberta.

There are 443 active cases, 342 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 71 recoveries brings the total to 11,006 and a zone recovery rate of 92 per cent.

Hospitalizations decreased by two to 30 and ICU admissions remain at five.

With no deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the central zone total remains at 123. The mortality rate since the onset of the pandemic is one per cent.


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North Zone – 14,786 total

1,394 active cases

Testing confirms 110 new cases of Covid-19 in the north zone. Of these, 50 cases (45 per cent) are variant strains of the virus.

Active cases are up to 1,394, an increase of three.

A total of 591 variant cases have been confirmed in the zone so far, which represents eight per cent of the total in Alberta.

This includes 591 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 519 active cases, 72 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 107 recoveries brings the total to 13,243 and a zone recovery rate of 90 per cent.

Hospitalizations increased by three to 35 while ICU admissions remain at 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 29 to April 4, 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.

1.17 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, 1.17

1.18 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, 1.18

1.17 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, 1.17

1.13 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, 1.13


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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

Oyen Lodge in Oyen – since Apr. 5

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

Cavendish Farms in Lethbridge – since Apr. 5

Edenbridge Family Services in Lethbridge – since Apr. 5

Southland Trailer Corp. in Lethbridge – since Apr. 5

Van Raay Paskal Farms in Picture Butte – since Apr. 5


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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 5

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

St. Joseph's School in Coaldale (Lethbridge County) – alert since Apr. 5


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 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Apr. 5

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 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Apr. 5

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 – the alert for this school has ended as of Apr. 5

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's School in Picture Butte (Lethbridge County) – alert since Mar. 18 and outbreak of five to nine cases since Apr. 5


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 – 248 total

5 active cases

238 recovered

5 Covid-related deaths

The Pincher Creek area has one new case.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 59.9.

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 – 159 total

38 active cases

117 recovered

4 Covid-related deaths

Fort Macleod has two new cases and one recovery.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 290.4 in the MD of Willow Creek, not all of which is in the AHS south zone.

Cardston County – 815 total

56 active cases

745 recovered

14 Covid-related deaths

Cardston County has six new cases and four recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 341.

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 – 3,418 total

519 active cases

2,869 recovered

30 Covid-related deaths

The City of Lethbridge has 30 new cases and 18 recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 516, which remains fourth highest in the province.

Lethbridge County – 740 total

108 active cases

624 recovered

8 Covid-related deaths

Lethbridge County has three new cases and 17 recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 420, which drops to ninth highest in the province.

County of Warner – 184 total

6 active cases

175 recovered

3 Covid-related deaths

The County of Warner has no changes.

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

MD of Taber – 421 total

59 active cases

356 recovered

6 Covid-related deaths

The MD of Taber has two new cases and seven recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 310.

Brooks – 1,368 total

3 active cases

1,351 recovered

14 Covid-related deaths

Brooks has one new case.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 15.


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County of Newell – 163 total

3 active cases

158 recovered

2 Covid-related deaths

The County of Newell has no changes today.

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

County of Forty Mile – 130 total

6 active cases

121 recovered

3 Covid-related deaths

The County of Forty Mile has one new case and one recovery.

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 no changes.

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

Medicine Hat – 615 total

44 active cases

554 recovered

17 Covid-related deaths

Medicine Hat has one new case and two recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is now 65.

Oyen area – 52 total

7 active cases

45 recovered

Zero Covid-related deaths

The Oyen area has two new recoveries.

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

With six active cases, the rate of active cases per 100,000 people in Special Area 3 is 242.9.

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. 5 and updated Apr. 6, 2021. It is compiled from information provided by Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

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