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Feb. 20 Covid-19 update

Saturday, 20 February 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Feb. 20 Covid-19 update

Better day across the south zone


South zone Covid-19 update
By Shannon Robison
Compiled from Alberta Health data

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. This 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.

It's another positive day for the Pincher Creek region, Crowsnest Pass and the rest of the south zone as a whole.

Pincher Creek sees only recoveries and Crowsnest Pass remains at zero active cases. The pass is joined by I.D. No. 4 (Waterton), Brooks, the County of Newell, the County of Forty Mile and Oyen with no active cases as of yesterday.

See more in the community breakdown below.

Alberta Health Services is now 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.

Phase 2 of vaccination

Eligibility in Phase 2 of vaccination is targeted to start in April and 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.

Covid-19 vaccinations continue, with 63,882 people now fully immunized with both doses and a total of 165,527 doses administered across the province.

The shots have led to a total of 91 adverse reactions to date.

Statistics in this post are current as of the end of day, Feb. 19, 2021.


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New, active and recovered cases of Covid-19

Alberta – 130,735 total

Three hundred and eighty new cases and 411 recoveries bring Alberta's active cases to 4,803 (a decrease of 37) and recoveries to 124,114.

The positivity rate is about 4.6 per cent, with 8,380 tests conducted, and the recovery rate is about 95 per cent.

South Zone – 6,323 total

Twenty-four new cases and 25 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 324 (a decrease of one) and recoveries to 5,914.

The positivity rate is about 3.9 per cent, with 585 tests conducted, and the recovery rate is about 94 per cent.

Calgary Zone – 50,126 total

One hundred and forty-two new cases and 136 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 1,704 (an increase of two) and recoveries to 47,860.

The recovery rate is about 96 per cent.

Edmonton Zone – 53,090 total

Forty-six new cases and 113 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 1,192 (a decrease of 68) and recoveries to 50,959.

The recovery rate is about 96 per cent.

Central Zone – 9,858 total

Sixty-nine new cases and 62 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 758 (an increase of six) and recoveries to 8,998.

The recovery rate is about 91 per cent.

North Zone – 11,229 total

One hundred new cases and 74 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 818 (an increase of 26) and recoveries to 10,281.

The recovery rate is about 92 per cent.

Active cases with unknown zone – 7

Recovered cases with unknown zone – 102



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Covid-19 variant cases - 269

Alberta now has 269 confirmed variant cases, an increase of 16. This includes 262 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant first identified in the United Kingdom and seven cases of the B.1.351 variant first identified in South Africa.

South Zone

There are no identified variant cases.

Calgary Zone

There are now 102 cases of B.1.1.7 (an increase of four) and five cases (no increase) of B.1.351 in the Calgary zone.

Edmonton Zone

There are 105 cases of B.1.1.7 (an increase of 10) and two cases (no increase) cases of B.1.351 in the Edmonton zone.

Central Zone

There are now 55 cases of B.1.1.7 (an increase of two) and no cases of B.1.351 in the central zone.

North Zone

There are no identified variant cases.


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Hospitalizations and ICU admissions

Alberta

A decrease of 16 hospitalizations brings the total to 336 and ICU admissions have decreased by four to 51.

South Zone

Three less hospitalizations bring the total to 30 and ICU admissions remains at nine.

Calgary Zone

A decrease of four hospitalizations brings the total to 120 and three less admissions brings the ICU count to 20.

Edmonton Zone

A decrease of six hospitalizations brings the total to 106 and two less admissions bring the ICU count to 15.

Central Zone

An increase of three hospitalizations brings the total to 33 and one new ICU admission increases the total to seven.

North Zone

A decrease of six hospitalizations brings the total to 47 and ICU admissions remain at zero.

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.

 



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Deaths related to Covid-19

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.

Alberta

The province reports six new deaths today for a total of 1,818 and a mortality rate of about 1.4 per cent.

As of Feb. 17, there are 165 active and 8,927 recovered cases in long-term and continuing care facilities. Sixty-five per cent of Albertans with Covid-related deaths have been residents in these settings. This information is not updated on weekends.

South Zone

There are no deaths reported for the south zone today. With 85 deaths, the mortality rate sits at about 1.4 per cent.

Calgary Zone

Four deaths are reported in the Calgary zone. The total is 562 and the mortality rate is about 1.1 per cent.

Edmonton Zone

Today's update includes one new death, for a total of 939 and an approximate mortality rate of 1.8 per cent.

Central Zone

One death is reported in this zone today. The total is 102 and the mortality rate is about one per cent.

North Zone

There are no deaths reported for the north zone today. The total is 130 and the approximate mortality rate is 1.2 per cent.





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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.

An R value below one means the rate of transmission was decreasing during that period and 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 transmission in areas outside of Alberta's two largest cities.

Current rates are in bold. As an indication of trends, values below are statistics from Dec. 7 to 13, 2020, to the most recent.

0.85 Alberta (provincewide)

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

0.78 Edmonton zone

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

0.82 Calgary zone

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

0.94 rest of Alberta

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

Alberta Health updates outbreak information on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Outbreak alerts remain active until four weeks pass with no new cases and not all outbreaks listed have current transmission or active cases.

Dates indicate when outbreaks are first reported by Alberta Health.

Acute-care centres

There are no outbreaks at this time.

Long-term care facilities

The Valleyview in Medicine Hat – Feb. 16

Supportive-living and 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

Updates of school stats are provided on weekdays by Alberta Health. With no live update today, these numbers are current as of Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Approximately 10 per cent of Alberta's schools have active cases, affecting 250 schools with a total of 854 cases.

There are 194 schools with alerts (one to four cases) and a total of 401 cases.

There are 56 schools with outbreaks (five to nine cases) and a total of 453 cases.

South zone schools

Isabelle Sellon School in Crowsnest Pass – alert since Feb. 1

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

Cardston Junior High School in Cardston – alert since Feb. 1

Cardston Elementary School in Cardston – alert since Feb. 1

Chinook High School in Lethbridge – alert since Feb. 10

Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge – alert since Feb. 11

Gilbert Paterson Middle School in Lethbridge– alert since Jan. 11 and outbreak since Jan. 27

Wilson Middle School in Lethbridge – alert since Feb. 16

Winston Churchill High School in Lethbridge – alert since Feb. 16 and outbreak since Feb. 17



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South-zone community breakdown

New cases, recoveries and deaths are in comparison to stats from the previous day.

Pincher Creek area – 218 total

No new cases and four recoveries brings the Pincher Creek area's active cases to 19 and recoveries to 195.

Four deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 227.7.

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.

Crowsnest Pass – 24 total

There are no active cases and 24 recoveries in Crowsnest Pass.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is zero.

Fort Macleod – 95 total

No new cases and one recovery brings Fort Macleod holds to one active case and 90 recoveries.

Four deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people in the MD of Willow Creek is 12.1, not all of which is in the AHS south zone.

Cardston County – 573 total

Seven new cases and three recoveries bring Cardston County's active cases to 61 and recoveries to 502.

Ten deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 371.2, which is seventh highest in the province.

I.D. No. 4 (Waterton) – zero total

Waterton is the only region in the south zone to be Covid-free.



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City of Lethbridge – 1,991 total

Twelve new cases and 14 recoveries brings Lethbridge's active cases to 202 and recoveries to 1,769.

Twenty deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 200.7.

Lethbridge County – 533 total

With no new cases or recoveries, Lethbridge County's active cases remain at 15 and recoveries at 511.

Seven deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 58.4.

County of Warner – 161 total

With no new cases or recoveries, the County of Warner holds at three active cases and 156 recoveries.

Two deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 27.0.

MD of Taber – 336 total

With one new case and no recoveries, the MD of Taber's active cases increase to four and recoveries remain at 326.

Six deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 21.0.

Brooks – 1,364 total

With no new cases or recoveries, Brooks holds at zero active cases and 1,350 recoveries.

Fourteen deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is zero.


  



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County of Newell – 158 total

With no new cases or recoveries, the County of Newell holds at no active cases and 156 recoveries.

Two deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is zero.

County of Forty Mile – 117 total

With no new cases or recoveries, the County of Forty Mile holds at no active cases and 115 recoveries.

Two deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is zero.

Cypress County – 146 total

With no new cases or recoveries, Cypress County holds at two active cases and 144 recoveries.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 17.7.

Medicine Hat – 547 total

Four new cases and two recoveries brings Medicine Hat's active cases to 17 and recoveries to 516.

Fourteen deaths since March 2020 are due to Covid-19.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 25.0.

Oyen area – 43 total

With no new cases and one recovery, the Oyen area now has zero active cases and 43 recoveries.

With no active cases, the rate of active cases per 100,000 people in Special Area 3 is zero.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people in the MD of Acadia is zero – zero active in the area.

There is one active case in Special Area 2, the equivalent of 22 active cases per 100,000 people. Not all of this area is in the AHS south zone.

Statistics in this post are current as of the end of day, Feb. 19 and updated Feb. 20, 2021, and are compiled from information from Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

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