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Bad week for Alberta on Covid front

Friday, 23 October 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Bad week for Alberta on Covid front

Bad week for Alberta
on Covid front

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

Provincial week in review:

With 432 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Alberta today, the provincial total has increased by 2,486 over the week to 24,261.

There were 99,704 tests conducted over the course of the week with an average positivity rate of about 2.5 per cent. Today’s numbers on their own indicate a positivity rate of 2.8 per cent after 3 per cent positivity yesterday.

So far 1,220,803 Albertans have been tested for Covid-19 for a total of 1,598,145 tests.

The number of active cases in the province increased by 815 for a total of 3.651, there were 1,659 recoveries for a total of 20,310, and 12 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 300. 

Between last Friday and today, the number of Albertans hospitalized decreased by five to 112 and intensive care admissions increased to 14.

Outbreaks with two or more confirmed cases in individuals who have been present at a school in the past 14 days, are reported at 101 Alberta schools. Twenty-six are under “watch” status (five or more cases), while the others all have “open” status.

Of cases reported since Oct. 16, the suspected route of transmission is being a close contact of a case in 961 instances, is outbreak associated for 359 cases, is travel related in 74 cases and is unknown for 1,128. 

The age groups associated with these same cases are:
under one year – 15
one to four years – 91
five to nine years 109
10 to 19 years – 355
20 to 29 years – 483
30 to 39 years – 486
40 to 49 years – 365
50 to 59 years – 279
60 to 69 years – 174
70 to 79 years – 70
and 80+ years – 95

Three days in a row, the high single-day tally was knocked off with new numbers. Today’s report of 432 new cases is now the highest single-day tally for Alberta since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

South zone week in review:

With 41 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Alberta’s south zone today, the zone total has increased by 137 over the week to 2,195. 

As of today, 79,355 south zone residents have been tested for the virus — 2,853 of those tests being in the past week. The Oct. 22 positivity rate for the south zone is 2.8 per cent.

The number of active cases in the south zone has increased by 32 for a total of 234 and there have been 104 recoveries for a total of 1,934. With one death in the zone this week, the total is now 27. 

The number of people hospitalized decreased by two to four, with an increase of two for a total of two in intensive care.

There are now eight public outbreak sites identified in Lethbridge, one in Coalhurst and one in Coaldale.

The City of Brooks joined Lethbridge County and the City of Lethbridge on the “watch” list this week.

Regular Daily Report:

In total, 24,261 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 432 new cases confirmed from 15,208 tests conducted. 

This is a provincial positivity rate of about 2.8 per cent and is the highest single-day count of new cases for Alberta since the beginning of the pandemic.

Pincher Creek region and Crowsnest Pass both continue to be free of the virus.

There have been 576 recoveries for a provincial recovery rate of about 84 per cent — 20,310 have recovered so far from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has increased by 132 to 3,651. 

To date, there have been 300 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta, with four new deaths reported today.

There are 112 people hospitalized, with 14 admitted to intensive care.

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.

Holy Spirit Catholic School Division reported Thursday that additional cases of Covid-19 impacting two cohorts within Ecole St. Mary School and St. Francis Junior High School had been identified.

“We are reassured that these cases are not the result of in-school transmission and are, instead, associated with cases outside of the school community,” the notice stated.

As of Oct. 22, nine active cases across three schools in Holy Spirit Catholic School Division have required the isolation of 120 staff and students. 

Twenty-six schools are under “watch” status (five or more cases), while the others all have “open” status.

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 – 2,195 total cases  

234 active, 41 new, 11 recoveries

1,934 people (about 88 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from Covid-19. 

Twenty-seven people have died since the onset of the pandemic in March.

Four people are currently hospitalized with two 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 161 active cases in a population of 98,987, which is equivalent to 162.6 per 100,000.

Lethbridge County has 25 active cases of Covid-19 in a population of 25,228, which equals 99.1 per 100,000. 

Brooks has 22 active cases in a population of 19,297, equating 114 cases per 100,000 population.

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

Community Breakdown for Friday, Oct. 23

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Oct. 22

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report

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

Crowsnest Pass – 2 total
0 active, 2 recovered

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

Cardston County/Kainai – 107 total
2 active, 100 recovered, 5 deaths
* 1 new active, 1 new recovery

I.D. Waterton – 0 

City of Lethbridge – 415 total
161 active, 252 recovered, 2 deaths
* 25 new active, 10 new recoveries

Lethbridge County – 119 total
25 active, 93 recovered, 1 death
* 6 new active

County of Warner – 66 total
1 active, 64 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new active, 1 new recovery

MD of Taber – 48 total
4 active, 44 recovered
* 1 new active

City of Brooks – 1,153 total
22 active, 1,122 recovered, 9 deaths
* 7 new active

County of Newell – 39 total
5 active, 32 recovered, 2 deaths

County of Forty Mile – 44 total
2 active, 42 recovered
* 1 new recovery

Cypress County – 37 total
4 active, 33 recovered
* 1 new active

Medicine Hat – 89 total
5 active, 82 recovered, 2 deaths

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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