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August 19 Covid-19 update

Thursday, 19 August 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

August 19 Covid-19 update
Tough day for Alberta's southwest corner

Covid-19 Update
By Jenaya Launstein



It was a bad day for southwest Alberta on the Covid front. The Pincher Creek area reported four new cases and one recovery, Crowsnest Pass and Fort Macleod confirmed one new case each, and Cardston County counted 11 new cases and two recoveries.

Provincially, hospitalizations are nearing 200 and, with the way things have been trending, we will likely hit that mark tomorrow. One bit of good news is that ICU admissions dropped by five after a long trend upwards.

Of concern is the addition of outbreaks at local hospitals. The Crowsnest Pass Health Centre, located in Blairmore, had an outbreak declared on the acute care unit. Two healthcare workers have tested positive for Covid-19.

An outbreak was declared on the acute care unit at the Cardston Health Centre, with two patients and two healthcare workers testing positive for the virus.


Active cases by age:
38 – under one year (+3)
159 – 1 to 4 years (+25)
233 – 5 to 9 years (+18)
780 – 10 to 19 years (+45)
1906 – 20 to 29 years (+97)
1375 – 30 to 39 years (+92)
791 – 40 to 49 years (+67)
559 – 50 to 59 years (+47)
291 – 60 to 69 years (+17)
123 – 70 to 79 years (+21)
104 – 80+ years (+15)

As of August 18 there are 1,460,992 cases of Covid-19 across Canada, an increase of 2,616

31.2 per cent of new Canadian cases yesterday were in Alberta.

To date, 5.4 per cent of Albertans are confirmed to have contracted the virus.



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Provincial Update

817 new cases — 242,248 total
591 unvaccinated – 71.12 per cent
87 partially vaccinated – 10.47 per cent
153 fully vaccinated – 18.41 per cent

6,367 active cases — change of 434
4,670 unvaccinated – 73.35 per cent
750 partially vaccinated – 11.78 per cent
947 fully vaccinated – 14.87 per cent

8.3 per cent positivity rate yesterday
7.3 per cent average over 7 days
9,971 were tested August 18

379 new recoveries — 233,539 total

14 new hospitalizations — 198 total
161 unvaccinated – 81.31 per cent
11 partially vaccinated – 5.56 per cent
26 fully vaccinated – 13.13 per cent

-5 new ICU admission(s) — 43 total

4 new death(s) — 2,342 total
696 of 808 ( 86.1 per cent) deaths since Jan. 1, 2021, have been in people who were unvaccinated or were diagnosed with Covid within 14 days of a first vaccination.

206 variant cases have been identified in the past 24 hours, for a total of 57,171

1 new case(s) of the Alpha variant — 45,832 total

0 new case(s) of the Beta variant — 180 total

205 new case(s) of the Delta variant — 8,263 total

0 new cases of the Gamma variant — 2,896 total



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242,248 cases of Covid-19 have now been confirmed in Alberta since March 2020. 3,891 new cases were reported in the last seven days for a daily average of 556

The province has a recovery rate of 96.4 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.0 per cent.

Of those with active cases of Covid, 3.1 per cent are hospitalized and, of those in hospital, 21.7 per cent are being treated in the ICU.

5,469,437 vaccinations have been administered to date to those eligible over the age of 12, which is 77.1 per cent.

68.3 per cent are fully immunized, a total of 2,569,667 of those eligible.

So far there have been 1209 adverse reactions — about 2 in 10,000.

130,312 of 138,982 ( 93.8 per cent) of those diagnosed with Covid-19 since Jan. 1, 2021, were unvaccinated or diagnosed within 14 days after immunization.



R values for August 2 to 8

Alberta – 1.25
Edmonton zone – 1.41 * Highest in 2021
Calgary zone – 1.09
Rest of Alberta – 1.41



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South Zone Update

108 new case(s) — 13,750 total

887 active case(s) — change of 58

10.1 per cent positivity rate — 11.1 per cent over 7 days
1063 were tested August 18

50 recovered — 12,723 total

2 hospitalized — 24 total

-1 ICU admission(s) — 6 total

0 death(s) — 140 total

15 variant cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the zone total to 3,685

0 new case(s) of the Alpha variant — 2,676 total

0 new case(s) of the Beta variant — 0 total

15 new case(s) of the Delta variant — 913 total

0 new cases of the Gamma variant — 96 total

6 per cent of Alberta's variant cases are in the south zone.

Variants account for at least 635 of the zone's active cases, along with 3,028 recoveries and 22 deaths.



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68.7 per cent of eligible south zone residents (aged 12 and over) have received a first dose of vaccine and 61.7 per cent are fully immunized.

13,750 cases of Covid-19 have now been identified in the south zone, which is 5.7 per cent of Alberta's total.

673 cases were reported in the last seven days for a daily average of 96

The zone has a recovery rate of 92.5 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.0 per cent.

Of those with active cases of Covid, 2.7 per cent are hospitalized and, of those, 25.0 per cent are being treated in the ICU.



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Calgary Zone Update

215 new case(s) — 98,669 total

2,113 active case(s) — change of 25

5.7 per cent positivity rate

188 recovered — 95,844 total

2 hospitalized — 65 total

-1 ICU admission(s) — 15 total

2 death(s) — 712 total

7 variant cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the zone total to 24,818

1 new case(s) of the Alpha variant — 20,050 total

0 new case(s) of the Beta variant — 79 total

6 new case(s) of the Delta variant — 3,894 total

0 new case(s) of the Gamma variant — 795 total

43 per cent of Alberta's variant cases are in the Calgary zone.

Variants account for at least 1,568 of the zone's active cases, along with 23,166 recoveries and 84 deaths.

98,669 cases of Covid-19 have now been identified in the Calgary zone, which is 40.7 per cent of Alberta's total.

The zone has a recovery rate of 97.1 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.7 per cent.

Of those with active cases of Covid, 3.1 per cent are hospitalized and, of those, 23.1 per cent are being treated in the ICU.



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Edmonton Zone Update

268 new case(s) — 80,291 total

1,861 active case(s) — change of 192

9.1 per cent positivity rate

76 recovered — 77,319 total

4 hospitalized — 66 total

-3 ICU admission(s) — 14 total

0 death(s) — 1,111 total

122 variant cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the zone total to 14,571

0 new case(s) of the Alpha variant — 11,412 total

0 new case(s) of the Beta variant — 65 total

49 new case(s) of the Delta variant — 2,030 total

0 new cases of the Gamma variant — 1,064 total

25 per cent of Alberta's variant cases are in the Edmonton zone.

Variants account for at least 1,428 of the zone's active cases, along with 13,035 recoveries and 108 deaths.

80,291 cases of Covid-19 have now been identified in the Edmonton zone, which is 33.1 per cent of Alberta's total. .

The zone has a recovery rate of 96.3 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.4 per cent.

Of those with active cases of Covid, 3.5 per cent are hospitalized and, of those, 21.2 per cent are being treated in the ICU.



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Central Zone Update

96 new case(s) — 21,640 total

551 active case(s) — change of 72

11.2 per cent positivity rate

22 recovered — 20,915 total

3 hospitalized — 21 total

0 ICU admission(s) — 4 total

2 death(s) — 174 total

13 new variant cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the zone total to 6,134

0 new case(s) of the Alpha variant — 5,454 total

0 new case(s) of the Beta variant — 2 total

13 new case(s) of the Delta variant — 501 total

0 new cases of the Gamma variant — 177 total

11 per cent of Alberta's variant cases are in the Central zone.

Variants account for at least 384 of the zone's active cases, along with 5,709 recoveries and 41 deaths.

21,640 cases of Covid-19 have now been identified in the Central zone, which is 8.9 per cent of Alberta's total. .

The zone has a recovery rate of 96.6 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.8 per cent.

Of those with active cases of Covid, 3.8 per cent are hospitalized and, of those, 19.0 per cent are being treated in the ICU.



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North Zone Update

128 new case(s) — 27,872 total

937 active case(s) — change of 85

20.1 per cent positivity rate

43 recovered — 26,730 total

3 hospitalized — 22 total

0 ICU admission(s) — 4 total

0 death(s) — 205 total

49 variant cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the zone total to 7,963

0 new cases(s) of the Alpha variant — 6,240 total

0 new case(s) of the Beta variant — 34 total

49 new case(s) of the Delta variant — 925 total

0 new case(s) of the Gamma variant — 764 total

14 per cent of Alberta's variant cases are in the North zone.

Variants account for at least 667 of the zone's active cases, along with 7,252 recoveries and 44 deaths.

27,872 cases of Covid-19 have now been identified in the North zone, which is 11.5 per cent of Alberta's total. .

The zone has a recovery rate of 95.9 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.7 per cent.

Of those with active cases of Covid, 2.3 per cent are hospitalized and, of those, 18.2 per cent are being treated in the ICU.



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Pincher Creek Area

4 new case(s) — 367 total

24 active case(s) — change of 3
* Peak active cases in third wave was 20

1 recovered — 338 total

0 death(s) — 5 total

287.6 active cases per 100,000 population
* 11th highest in the province

The Pincher Creek area has added 21 new case(s) in the past 7 days.

4.4 per cent of residents have tested positive for Covid-19 over the course of the pandemic.

Pincher Creek Area's 367 cases to date are 2.7 per cent of the south-zone total.

Immunization data:

• 73.5 per cent or 5,274 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 65.6 per cent or 4,711 people are fully immunized

• 93.6 per cent or 734 people aged 75+ have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 92.1 per cent or 722 people are fully immunized

• 84.5 per cent or 1,442 people aged 60 to 74 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 81.6 per cent or 1,392 people are fully immunized

• 71.9 per cent or 1,399 people aged 40 to 59 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 65.2 per cent or 1,268 people are fully immunized

• 62.1 per cent or 1,218 people aged 20 to 39 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 48.6 per cent or 954 people are fully immunized

• 59.1 per cent or 460 people aged 12 to 19 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 46 per cent or 358 people are fully immunized

Pincher Creek area has a recovery rate of 92.1 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.4 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None

The 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.



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Crowsnest Pass

1 new case(s) — 92 total

6 active case(s) — change of 1

0 recovered — 85 total

0 death(s) — 1 total

95.5 active cases per 100,000 population

Crowsnest Pass has added 4 new case(s) in the past 7 days.

1.5 per cent of residents have tested positive for Covid-19 over the course of the pandemic.

Crowsnest Pass's 92 cases to date are 0.7 per cent of the south-zone total.

Immunization data:

• 69.1 per cent or 3,878 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 63.1 per cent or 3,544 people are fully immunized

• 85.8 per cent or 518 people aged 75+ have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 83.8 per cent or 506 people are fully immunized

• 84 per cent or 1,344 people aged 60 to 74 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 79.8 per cent or 1,277 people are fully immunized

• 67.1 per cent or 1,088 people aged 40 to 59 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 61.2 per cent or 992 people are fully immunized

• 51.1 per cent or 666 people aged 20 to 39 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 43 per cent or 560 people are fully immunized

• 51.2 per cent or 249 people aged 12 to 19 have received at least one dose of vaccine, while 40.9 per cent or 199 people are fully immunized

Crowsnest Pass has a recovery rate of 92.4 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.1 per cent.

Outbreaks
• Crowsnest Pass Health Centre — An outbreak has been declared on the acute care unit. Two healthcare workers have tested positive.



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Fort Macleod

1 new case(s) — 325 total

3 active case(s) — change of 1

0 recovered — 316 total

0 death(s) — 6 total

44.4 active cases per 100,000 population

58.7 per cent or 3,262 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 52.6 per cent or 2,920 people are fully immunized

Fort Macleod's 325 cases to date are 2.4 per cent of the south-zone total.

Fort Macleod has a recovery rate of 97.2 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.8 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None



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Waterton (I.D. No. 4)

0 new case(s) — 6 total

0 active case(s) — change of 0

0 recovered — 6 total

0 death(s) — 0 total

0 active cases per 100,000 population

In Cardston County, which includes Waterton, 68.6 per cent or 9,230 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 58.4 per cent or 7,868 people are fully immunized

Waterton's 6 cases to date are 0.04 per cent of the south-zone total.

Waterton has a recovery rate of 100.0 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.0 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None



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Cardston County

11 new case(s) — 1065 total

29 active case(s) — change of 9

2 recovered — 1017 total

0 death(s) — 19 total

176.5 active cases per 100,000 population

In Cardston County, which includes Waterton, 68.6 per cent or 9,230 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 58.4 per cent or 7,868 people are fully immunized

Cardston County's 1,065 cases to date are 7.7 per cent of the south-zone total.

Cardston County has a recovery rate of 95.5 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.8 per cent.

Outbreaks
• Cardston Health Centre — An outbreak has been declared on the acute care unit. Two patients and two healthcare workers have tested positive.



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County of Warner

0 new case(s) — 476 total

6 active case(s) — change of -1

1 recovered — 467 total

0 death(s) — 3 total

54.0 active cases per 100,000 population

58.4 per cent or 5,274 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 51.4 per cent or 4,639 people are fully immunized

County of Warner's 476 cases to date are 3.5 per cent of the south-zone total.

The County of Warner has a recovery rate of 98.1 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.6 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None



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Lethbridge County

2 new case(s) — 1,297 total

23 active case(s) — change of 1

1 recovered — 1,260 total

0 death(s) — 14 total

89.5 active cases per 100,000 population

59.5 per cent or 12,255 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 54 per cent or 11,120 people are fully immunized

Lethbridge County's 1,297 cases to date are 9.4 per cent of the south-zone total.

Lethbridge County has a recovery rate of 97.1 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.1 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None



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MD of Taber

0 new case(s) — 590 total

15 active case(s) — change of 0

0 recovered — 569 total

0 death(s) — 6 total

78.8 active cases per 100,000 population

47.8 per cent or 7,225 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 42.7 per cent or 6,455 people are fully immunized

MD of Taber's 590 cases to date are 4.3 per cent of the south-zone total.

The MD of Taber has a recovery rate of 96.4 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.0 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None



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Lethbridge

24 new case(s) — 5,026 total

128 active case(s) — change of 17

7 recovered — 4,858 total

0 death(s) — 40 total

127.2 active cases per 100,000 population

In Lethbridge West, 84.4 per cent or 27,098 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 76.8 per cent or 24,631 people are fully immunized

In Lethbridge North, 77.8 per cent or 18,787 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 70 per cent or 16,891 people are fully immunized

In Lethbridge South, 78.8 per cent or 24,103 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 72.2 per cent or 22,093 people are fully immunized

Lethbridge's 5,026 cases to date are 36.6 per cent of the south-zone total.

Lethbridge has a recovery rate of 96.7 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.8 per cent.

Outbreaks
• Elim Village



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Brooks

0 new case(s) — 1,559 total

18 active case(s) — change of 0

0 recovered — 1,526 total

0 death(s) — 15 total

92.3 active cases per 100,000 population

In Newell, which includes Brooks, 62.4 per cent or 14,419 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 54.4 per cent or 12,562 people are fully immunized

Brooks' 1,559 cases to date are 11.3 per cent of the south-zone total.

Brooks has a recovery rate of 97.9 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.0 per cent.

Outbreaks
• Newell Integrated Child Care



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County of Newell

1 new case(s) — 261 total

7 active case(s) — change of 0

1 recovered — 251 total

0 death(s) — 3 total

87.5 active cases per 100,000 population

In Newell, which includes Brooks, 62.4 per cent or 14,419 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 54.4 per cent or 12,562 people are fully immunized

County of Newell's 261 cases to date are 1.9 per cent of the south-zone total.

The County of Newell has a recovery rate of 96.2 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.1 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None



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County of Forty Mile

0 new case(s) — 161 total

3 active case(s) — change of 0

0 recovered — 155 total

0 death(s) — 3 total

46.8 active cases per 100,000 population

40.4 per cent or 1,992 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 36 per cent or 1,778 people are fully immunized

County of Forty Mile's 161 cases to date are 1.2 per cent of the south-zone total.

The County of Forty Mile has a recovery rate of 96.3 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.9 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None



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Cypress County

9 new case(s) — 419 total

84 active case(s) — change of 0

9 recovered — 334 total

0 death(s) — 1 total

743.5 active cases per 100,000 population
* Second-highest per capita in the zone and third highest in the province

62.6 per cent or 6,011 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 54.6 per cent or 5,246 people are fully immunized

Cypress County's 419 cases to date are 3.0 per cent of the south-zone total.

Cypress County has a recovery rate of 79.7 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.2 per cent.

Outbreaks
• Roy's Wood Shop in Redcliff



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Medicine Hat

53 new case(s) — 1,957 total

526 active case(s) — change of 25
* Highest in south zone

28 recovered — 1,407 total

0 death(s) — 24 total

772.2 active cases per 100,000 population
* Highest per capita in the zone and second highest in the province

71.6 per cent or 42,312 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 64.4 per cent or 38,103 people are fully immunized

Medicine Hat's 1,957 cases to date are 14.2 per cent of the south-zone total.

Medicine Hat has a recovery rate of 71.9 per cent and a mortality rate of 1.2 per cent.

Outbreaks
• Chinook Village
• South Country Village
• Medicine Hat Regional Hospital — An outbreak was declared on one unit on Aug. 11. Since the beginning of August, five patients admitted for non-Covid-related health issues have acquired the virus while in hospital and 15 staff members/physicians have also tested positive. Alberta Health Services says there is no increased risk to patients coming to the hospital for care. Visitation is now restricted to one designated support person per patient.
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• River Ridge Seniors Village



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Oyen Area

1 new case(s) — 108 total

13 active case(s) — change of 1

0 recovered — 95 total

0 death(s) — 0 total

372.9 active cases per 100,000 population
* MD of Acadia has the fifth-highest active cases per capita in the province

58.7 per cent or 1,745 of all eligible residents aged 12 and over have received at least one vaccination dose while 52.2 per cent or 1,551 people are fully immunized

Oyen Area's 108 cases to date are 0.8 per cent of the south-zone total.

The Oyen area has a recovery rate of 88.0 per cent and a mortality rate of 0.0 per cent.

Outbreaks
• None

The Oyen area includes Special Area 3, the east section of Special Area 2 and the MD of Acadia.



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Statistics in this post are current as of August 18 and were updated August 19

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.

Updates are provided every day that Alberta Health releases new data. The goal of our posts is to provide all of the detailed information in an easy-to-understand format and all in one place. Thank you for supporting our advertisers and for choosing Shootin' the Breeze as an information source.

"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."