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Covid-19 week in review

Friday, 16 October 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Covid-19 week in review

Covid-19 week in review

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

Provincial week in review:

With 332 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Alberta today, the provincial total has increased by 1,780 over the week to 21,775.

There were 100,081 tests conducted over the course of the week with a positivity rate of about 1.8 per cent, but today’s numbers on their own indicate a positivity rate of 2.24 per cent.

So far 1,167,241 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 611 for a total of 2,836, there were 1,163 recoveries for a total of 18,651, and six deaths were reported, bringing the total to 288. 

Fifty-four per cent of the province’s active cases are in Edmonton, where additional voluntary measures were put in place last Thursday.

The number of Albertans hospitalized rose by 31 to 117 and intensive care admissions remain the same at 11.

Hospitalizations have increased significantly, with today being the highest of the pandemic so far. Previous spikes were in late April and mid July.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said in her Friday update that recent hospital outbreaks are one reason for high hospitalization numbers.

“As our community transmission goes up, so too, does the risk of introducing the virus into our acute-care and continuing-care facilities, where our most vulnerable community members are.”

She added a reminder that one case can quickly lead to many if restrictions are not followed.

About eight per cent of Alberta’s schools are on outbreak or alert, with 489 cases in total confirmed.

There are 111 schools on alert with a total of 133 cases.

Ninety-one schools have reported outbreaks with two or more confirmed cases in individuals who have been present at a school in the past 14 days, for the balance of 356 cases. 

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

“As we see community transmission rise, cases in school-aged children are not unexpected,” said Dr. Hinshaw.

There has been transmission at 61 schools, with two-thirds of these seeing only a single new case as a result.

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.

Of cases reported since Oct. 9, the suspected route of transmission is being a close contact of a case in 643 instances, is outbreak associated for 339 cases, is travel related in 58 cases and is unknown for 772. 

The age groups associated with these same cases are:
under one year – eight
one to four years – 52
five to nine years 79
10 to 19 years – 235
20 to 29 years – 376
30 to 39 years – 353
40 to 49 years – 269
50 to 59 years – 194
60 to 69 years – 134
70 to 79 years – 68
and 80+ years – 44

On Oct. 7 there were 345 cases confirmed, the highest single-day tally since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and since 336 were confirmed on April 23.

South zone week in review:

With 20 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Alberta’s south zone today, the zone total has increased by 132 over the week to 2,058.

As of today, 76,502 south zone residents have been tested for the virus.

The number of active cases in the south zone has increased by 100 for a total of 202 and there have been 32 recoveries for a total of 1,830. With no deaths in the zone this week, the total remains at 26. 

The number of people hospitalized increased by three to six with no intensive care admissions.

Four Lethbridge schools were added to the school outbreak list this week — Ecole La Verendrye, St. Francis Junior High School, Ecole St. Mary School and St. Teresa of Calcutta School — with the latter added today.

An outbreak is noted by Alberta Health Services when two or more confirmed cases in individuals who have been present at a school in the past 14 days are reported. The noted schools all have “open” status.

Five outbreak sites have been identified in Lethbridge — Extendicare Fairmont Park, Lethbridge Family Services, Cavendish Farms, Children’s House Child Care Society and Meridian Manufacturing. 

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

Both the City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge County are under “watch” status.

The City has 138 active cases in a population of 98,987, which is equivalent to 139.4 per 100,000.

The County has 40 active cases of Covid-19 in a population of 25,228, which equals 158.6 per 100,000. 

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

South Zone Information – 2,058 total cases  

202 active, 20 new

Community Breakdown for Friday, Oct. 16

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Oct. 15

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 – 106 total
3 active, 98 recovered, 5 deaths

I.D. Waterton – 0 

City of Lethbridge – 326 total
138 active, 186 recovered, 2 deaths

Lethbridge County – 105 total
40 active, 65 recovered

County of Warner – 65 total
3 active, 61 recovered, 1 death

MD of Taber – 44 total
0 active, 44 recovered

City of Brooks – 1,139 total
8 active, 1,122 recovered, 9 deaths

County of Newell – 35 total
2 active, 31 recovered, 2 deaths

County of Forty Mile – 43 total
4 active, 39 recovered

Cypress County – 33 total
0 active, 33 recovered

Medicine Hat – 85 total
3 active, 80 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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