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Crowsnest Pass counts one new case as Alberta sees big Covid numbers

Monday, 26 October 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Crowsnest Pass counts one new case as Alberta sees big Covid numbers

Crowsnest Pass counts one new case
as Alberta sees big Covid numbers

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

“Alberta, we have a challenge and it’s not just our Covid-19 numbers” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw in her update today. 

“We are increasingly challenged by polarizing narratives that, on the one hand, say we need to drive to zero cases at all costs and on the other hand say that Covid is a mild illness for most so we should let it spread freely and pursue her immunity. We are not well-served by false dichotomies or any positions that make it harder to have the respectful dialogue that a complex, wicked problem like Covid-19 presents,” said Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

Dr. Hinshaw spoke of the necessity of finding balance between minimizing the risk of Covid-19 and minimizing the risk of the harms of restrictions.

“We have now crossed a tipping point and are losing the balance we have been seeking.”

She said the current situation, not just the metric chosen in the spring, needs to be responded to. Over the weekend, an average of 490 cases were confirmed each day.

“We are in a crucial phase right now and need to take steps to reduce the rate of growth that we are seeing, not only in Edmonton, but in Calgary as well,” she said.

A new temporary public health measure for Edmonton and Calgary, put into effect with Dr. Hinshaw’s announcement today, is a mandatory 15-person limit on all social gatherings where people are mixing and mingling. 

This does not change the limits currently in place for structured events such as ordinary restaurant dining, theatres, worship services or wedding and funeral ceremonies, but would apply to events like wedding receptions that could take place before or after an event, or a social event held at a restaurant.

The temporary limit will be reassessed in one month.

Voluntary measures put in place for Edmonton earlier in the month remain in effect and now are also strongly recommended for those living in or visiting Calgary.

This includes wearing non-medical masks in all indoor work settings, except when alone in workspaces, where safe distancing can be achieved or where appropriate barriers are in place; and limiting individual cohorts to three — a core/household cohort, a school cohort and one additional sport, social or other cohort. Young children attending child care may be part of four cohorts.

Also effective today, if a positive case attended an event while infectious, Alberta Health Services contact tracers will now notify the organizer and provide written notification that can be directly emailed to all event attendees. Organizers are asked to do this within 24 hours of receiving notification from AHS. This is meant to make the notification process quicker for large events.

AHS will continue to directly notify anyone who tests positive for Covid-19, along with close contacts exposed outside of public or private events.

In total, 25,733 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 1,472 new cases confirmed from 46,139 tests conducted over the past three days (Oct. 23 to 25). 

Provincial positivity rate for the past three days of testing is 3.2 per cent and Saturday’s count of 572 new cases is the highest single-day number seen in Alberta so far. 

Pincher Creek region remains free of the virus but one new active case has been confirmed in Crowsnest Pass.

There have been 639 recoveries since the last report, for a provincial recovery rate of about 81 per cent — 20,949 have recovered so far from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has increased by 796 since Friday to 4,477. 

To date, there have been 307 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta, with seven new deaths reported today.

There are 118 people hospitalized, with 16 admitted to intensive care.

Dr. Hinshaw said today that about 11 per cent of Alberta schools have active alerts or outbreaks, for a total of 680 active cases.

In-school transmission has occurred so far in 79 schools. Of these, 45 had only one new case result.

Only six per cent of all Covid cases confirmed since Sept. 1, in those aged five to 19, have been acquired at school. Dr. Hinshaw says the rise in community transmission is resulting in more school exposures. 

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

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.

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 – 2,268 total cases  

255 active, 73 new, 52 recoveries

1,986 people (about 86 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.

Seven people are currently hospitalized with three 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 23 active cases of Covid-19 in a population of 25,228, which equals 91.2 per 100,000. 

Brooks has 30 active cases in a population of 19,297, equating 155.5 cases per 100,000 population.

Nearby, the MD of Willow Creek now has a “watch” in place as well, where 11 active cases in a population of 16,427 works out to 67 per 100,000.

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

Community Breakdown for Monday, Oct.26

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Oct. 25 

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report on Friday, Oct. 23

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

Crowsnest Pass – 3 total
1 active, 2 recovered
* 1 new active

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

Cardston County/Kainai – 108 total
4 active, 99 recovered, 5 deaths
* 1 new active, adjustment of +1 active and -1 recovered

I.D. Waterton – 0 

City of Lethbridge – 452 total
161 active, 289 recovered, 2 deaths
* 37 new active, 37 new recoveries

Lethbridge County – 129 total
23 active, 105 recovered, 1 death
* 10 new active, 12 new recoveries

County of Warner – 71 total
6 active, 64 recovered, 1 death
* 5 new active

MD of Taber – 50 total
6 active, 44 recovered
* 2 new active

City of Brooks – 1,162 total
30 active, 1,123 recovered, 9 deaths
* 9 new active, 1 new recovery

County of Newell – 42 total
7 active, 33 recovered, 2 deaths
* 3 new active, 1 new recovery

County of Forty Mile – 45 total
3 active, 42 recovered
* 1 new active

Cypress County – 38 total
5 active, 33 recovered
* 1 new active

Medicine Hat – 90 total
6 active, 82 recovered, 2 deaths
* 1 new active

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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