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Feb. 19 Covid-19 update

Friday, 19 February 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Feb. 19 Covid-19 update

Several positives on the Covid-19 front
as we head into the weekend


South zone Covid-19 update
By Jenaya Launstein
Compiled from Alberta Health data


There are several positives on the Covid-19 front as we head into the weekend. Recoveries outnumber new cases in Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass has no new cases, south zone positivity is down and both active cases and hospitalizations decreased on zone and provincial levels.

Starting today, Alberta Health Services is offering Covid-19 vaccinations directly to all residents in retirement centres, lodges, supportive living and other congregate living facilities with residents aged 75 and older.

Those born in 1946 or earlier, regardless of where they live, are eligible to book vaccine appointments starting on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Availability will be based on vaccine supply and details on booking appointments will be released online that day.

The provincial government has also released information for Phase 2 of Covid-19 immunization, targeted to start in April if vaccine supply carries forward as anticipated.

Premier Jason Kenney says 1.79 million more Albertans will have received the vaccine by the time this phase is complete.

Eligibility in Phase 2 moves forward from Group A to Group D.

Group A includes Albertans aged 65 to 74, no matter where they live, First Nations and Metis people aged 50 to 64 living on and off reserves and Metis settlements, and staff of licensed supportive living facilities not included in Phase 1.

Group B includes those aged 18 to 64 with high-risk underlying health conditions. Additional information will be provided prior to the Phase 2 rollout.

Group C includes residents and staff of eligible congregate living facilities including correctional facilities, homeless shelters and group homes. Health-care workers providing direct and acute patient care who have high potential to spread to high-risk individuals and caregivers of those at risk of severe outcomes are also included.

Group D includes Albertans aged 50 to 64 regardless of where they live, and First Nations and Metis people aged 35 to 49 on and off reserves and Metis settlements.

Details will be provided prior to each step in Phase 2 and video of today’s press conference is available at the end of this post.

Vaccinations continue, with 61,519 people now fully immunized with both doses and a total of 160,423 doses administered across the province.

Only 91 adverse reactions to vaccinations have been reported to Alberta Health since the beginning of immunizations in the province.

Statistics in this post are current as of the end of day, Feb. 18, 2021.



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New and active cases of Covid-19


325 new cases in Alberta

3.6% positivity rate

9,376 tested

4,840 active cases

Decrease of 47 active cases from previous day

130,355 total cases to date



19 new cases in south zone

3.6% positivity rate

550 tested

325 active cases

Decrease of 8 active cases from previous day

6,299 total cases to date




98 new cases in Calgary zone

1,702 active cases

Decrease of 32 active cases from previous day

49,984 total cases to date




78 new cases in Edmonton zone 

1,260 active cases

Decrease of 27 active cases from previous day

53,044 total cases to date




75 new cases in central zone

752 active cases

Increase of 23 active cases from previous day

9,789 total cases to date




50 new cases in north zone

792 active cases

Decrease of 7 active cases from previous day

11,129 total cases to date




Active cases with zone unknown – 9



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Total confirmed variant cases – 253

Increase of 14


* Variant data is not updated on weekends



B.1.1.7 variant cases
Variant first identified in the United Kingdom

Alberta total – 246
Increase of 14

South zone total – 0
Increase of 0

Calgary zone total – 98
Increase of 2

Edmonton zone total – 95
Increase of 8

Central zone total – 53
Increase of 4

North zone total – 0
Increase of 0


B.1.351 variant cases
Variant first identified in South Africa

Alberta total – 7
Increase of 0

South zone total – 0
Increase of 0

Calgary zone total – 5
Increase of 0

Edmonton zone total – 2
Increase of 0

Central zone total – 0
Increase of 0

North zone total – 0
Increase of 0



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Recovered cases



365 Alberta recoveries

Total recovered – 123,703

Approximate recovery rate – 95%



26 south zone recoveries 

Total recovered – 5,889

Approximate recovery rate – 93%




130 Calgary zone recoveries 

Total recovered – 47,724

Approximate recovery rate – 95%



100 Edmonton zone recoveries

Total recovered – 50,846

Approximate recovery rate – 96%




52 central zone recoveries 

Total recovered – 8,936

Approximate recovery rate – 91%



56 north zone recoveries 

Total recovered – 10,207

Approximate recovery rate – 92%




Recovered cases with zone unknown – 101


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Hospitalizations and ICU



352 Alberta hospitalizations

Decrease of 10

55 ICU admissions

Increase of 0



33 south zone hospitalizations

Decrease of 2

9 ICU admissions

Increase of 1



124 Calgary zone hospitalizations

Decrease of 6

23 ICU admissions

Decrease of 2



112 Edmonton zone hospitalizations

Decrease of 4

17 ICU admissions

Increase of 1



30 central zone hospitalizations

Increase of 0

6 ICU admissions

Increase of 0



53 north zone hospitalizations 

Increase of 2

0 ICU admissions

Increase of 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 would be categorized as an active case in the Pincher Creek region but their hospitalization statistic would show in the Calgary zone.




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Deaths related to Covid-19



7 new Alberta deaths 

1,812 total 

Approximate mortality rate of 1.4%



1 new south zone death

Today's update includes the death of a woman in her 70s linked to the outbreak at The View at Lethbridge, in Lethbridge. Condolences to her friends and loved ones.

85 total

Approximate mortality rate of 1.4% 




0 new Calgary zone deaths

558 total

Approximate mortality rate of 1.1%



5 new Edmonton zone deaths

938 total

Approximate mortality rate of 1.8% 



0 new central zone deaths

101 total 

Approximate mortality rate of 1.0% 



1 new north zone death

130 total 

Approximate mortality rate of 1.2%




As of Feb. 17, there were 165 active and 8,927 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home-living sites, and 1,173 of the 1,805 deaths (65 per cent) have been in these sites.

Alberta Health shares information regarding deaths as soon as it is available. There can be a delay in a death being reported to Alberta Health or in a death being confirmed post-mortem as having Covid-19 as a contributing cause. The number reported on any given day is typically from multiple days.


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Covid-19 R values

Feb. 8 to 14, 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. If an R value is below one, this means the rate of transmission was decreasing during that period. If it is above one, it was increasing.

The provincial R value stayed the same this week, Edmonton decreased and Calgary stayed the same.

While the rate for the rest of Alberta decreased by 0.02, it is still the highest of all noted values, indicating higher tranismission in areas outside of Alberta's two largest cities.




0.85 Alberta (provincewide)

Values from Dec. 7 to 13, 2020 to most recent

0.98, 0.92, 0.99, 0.90, 0.84, 0.81, 0.83, 0.87, 0.85



0.78 Edmonton zone

Values from Dec. 7 to 13, 2020 to most recent

1.0, 0.89, 0.92, 0.80, 0.81, 0.81, 0.74, 0.82, 0.78



0.82 Calgary zone

Values from Dec. 7 to 13, 2020 to most recent

0.92, 0.97, 1.02, 0.96, 0.79, 0.83, 0.83, 0.82, 0.82




0.94 rest of Alberta

Values from Dec. 7 to 13, 2020 to most recent

1.01, 0.90, 1.06, 0.97, 0.88, 0.77, 0.90, 0.96, 0.94




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South zone outbreaks


Outbreaks are updated on Tuesdays and Fridays and are declared over when four weeks have passed with no new cases. This means not all outbreaks listed have current transmission or active cases. Date indicates when outbreak was first reported by Alberta Health.



Long-term care facilities

The Valleyview in Medicine Hat – Feb. 16




Supportive living/home living sites

Meadowlands in Medicine Hat

The View at Lethbridge in Lethbridge – Jan. 12



Other facilities and settings

Haul All Equipment in Lethbridge – Feb. 2

Lethbridge Alpha House in Lethbridge

Streets Alive Mission in Lethbridge – Jan. 25


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School statistics

School information is not provided on weekends or holidays

As of Feb. 17, there were:


854 total active school cases 

250 schools affected (approximately 10%)



194 schools with alerts 

Total cases – 401


56 schools with outbreaks 

Total cases – 453


South zone schools

Isabelle Sellon School – Crowsnest Pass
Alert since Feb. 1

Crowsnest Consolidated high School – Crowsnest Pass
Alert since Feb. 1 (single case)

Cardston Junior High School
Alert since Feb. 1

Cardston Elementary School
Alert since Feb. 1

Chinook High School – Lethbridge
Alert since Feb. 10

Catholic Central High School – Lethbridge
Alert since Feb. 11

Gilbert Paterson Middle School – Lethbridge
Alert since Jan. 11
Outbreak since Jan. 27

Wilson Middle School — Lethbridge
Alert since Feb. 16

Winston Churchill High School — Lethbridge
Alert since Feb. 16
Outbreak since Feb. 17



Alert = one to four cases
Schools with single cases are not included on the Alberta Health school map

Outbreak = five or more cases

School alerts and outbreaks are considered over when there have been no new confirmed cases in the school for 28 days and remain listed by Alberta Health until that time.



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South zone community breakdown



Pincher Creek region – 218 total

23 active cases

191 recovered

4 deaths

1 new case

5 new recoveries

0 new deaths 


275.6 active cases per 100,000 people
9th highest in the province

Pincher Creek region 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 – 24 total

0 active cases

24 recovered

0 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths 


0 active cases per 100,000 people




Fort Macleod – 95 total

2 active cases

89 recovered

4 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths 


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




Cardston County – 566 total

57 active cases

499 recovered

10 deaths

9 new cases

8 new recoveries

0 new deaths


346.9 active cases per 100,000 people
8th highest in the province




I.D. No. 4 (Waterton) – 0 total

0 active cases

0 recovered

0 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths

0 active cases per 100,000 people



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City of Lethbridge – 1,979 total


204 active cases

1,755 recovered

20 deaths

9 new cases

12 new recoveries

1 new death
Today's update includes the death of a woman in her 70s linked to the outbreak at The View at Lethbridge, in Lethbridge. Condolences to her friends and loved ones.


202.7 active cases per 100,000 people




Lethbridge County – 533 total


15 active cases

511 recovered

7 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


58.4 active cases per 100,000 people




County of Warner – 161 total

3 active cases

156 recovered

2 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


27.0 active cases per 100,000 people




MD of Taber – 335 total

3 active cases

326 recovered

6 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


15.8 active cases per 100,000 people




City of Brooks – 1,364 total

0 active cases

1,350 recovered

14 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


0 active cases per 100,000 people



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County of Newell – 158 total

0 active cases

156 recovered

2 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


0 active cases per 100,000 people



County of Forty Mile – 117 total

0 active cases

115 recovered

2 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


0 active cases per 100,000 people




Cypress County – 146 total

2 active cases

144 recovered

0 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


17.7 active cases per 100,000 people




City of Medicine Hat – 543 total

15 active cases

514 recovered

14 deaths

0 new cases

1 new recovery

0 new deaths


22 active cases per 100,000 people




Oyen Region – 43 total

1 active case

42 recovered

0 deaths

0 new cases

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths


Special Area 3 – 0 active cases per 100,000 people (1 active in area)

MD of Acadia – 0 active cases per 100,000 people (0 active in area)

Special Area 2 – 22 active cases per 100,000 people (1 active in area, not all of which is in the south zone)




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