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Feb. 21 Covid-19 update

Sunday, 21 February 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Feb. 21 Covid-19 update

Fewer tests and higher

positivity rate in 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. It 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, compiled from Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services data.

Fort Macleod, Cardston County, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat are the south-zone areas with new cases in today's update. While there are only 15 new cases, the positivity rate in the zone is higher than the provincial average.

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 66,357 people now fully immunized with both doses and a total of 169,441 doses administered across the province.

The shots have led to a total of 98 adverse reactions to date.

Statistics in this post are current as of the end of day, Feb. 20, 2021.

 


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New, active and recovered cases of Covid-19

Alberta – 131,063 total

Three hundred and twenty-eight new cases and 364 recoveries bring Alberta's active cases to 4,758 (a decrease of 45) and recoveries to 124,478.

The positivity rate is about 4.4 per cent, with 7,541 tests conducted, and the recovery rate is about 95 per cent.

South Zone – 6,338 total

Fifteen new cases and four recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 335 (an increase of 11) and recoveries to 5,918.

The positivity rate is about 5.3 per cent (up from 3.9 per cent the previous day), with 393 tests conducted, and the recovery rate is about 93 per cent.

Calgary Zone – 50,256 total

One hundred and thirty new cases and 161 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 1,669 (a decrease of 35) and recoveries to 48,021.

The recovery rate is about 96 per cent.

Edmonton Zone – 53,139 total

Forty-nine new cases and 123 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 1,115 (a decrease of 77) and recoveries to 51,082.

The recovery rate is about 96 per cent.

Central Zone – 9,897 total

Thirty-nine new cases and 30 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 766 (an increase of eight) and recoveries to 9,028.

The recovery rate is about 91 per cent.

North Zone – 11,323 total

Ninety-four new cases and 46 recoveries bring active cases in the zone to 865 (an increase of 47) and recoveries to 10,327.

The recovery rate is about 91 per cent.

Active cases with unknown zone – 8

Recovered cases with unknown zone – 102



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Covid-19 variant cases - 278

Alberta now has 278 confirmed variant cases, an increase of nine. This includes 271 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 109 cases of B.1.1.7 (an increase of seven) and five cases (no increase) of B.1.351 in the Calgary zone.

Edmonton Zone

There are 107 cases of B.1.1.7 (an increase of two) and two cases (no increase) cases of B.1.351 in the Edmonton zone.

Central Zone

There are 55 cases of B.1.1.7 (no increase) 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 15 hospitalizations brings the total to 321 and ICU admissions have increased by two to 53.

South Zone

Hospitalizations remain at 30 and ICU admissions increased by one to 10.

Calgary Zone

A decrease of five hospitalizations brings the total to 115 and two less admissions brings the ICU count to 18.

Edmonton Zone

A decrease of eight hospitalizations brings the total to 98 and one new admission bring the ICU count to 16.

Central Zone

A decrease of one hospitalization brings the total to 32 and one new ICU admission increases the total to eight.

North Zone

A decrease of one hospitalization brings the total to 46 and there is now one ICU admission.

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 nine new deaths today for a total of 1,827 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 1.3 per cent.

Calgary Zone

Four deaths are reported in the Calgary zone. The total is 566 and the mortality rate is about 1.1 per cent.

Edmonton Zone

Today's update includes three new deaths, for a total of 942 and an approximate mortality rate of 1.8 per cent.

Central Zone

One death is reported in this zone today. The total is 103 and the mortality rate is about one per cent.

North Zone

One death is reported for the north zone today. The total is 131 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 – 217 total

No new cases and an adjustment of minus one recovery brings the Pincher Creek area's active cases to 19 and recoveries to 194.

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 – 96 total

One new case and one recovery brings Fort Macleod to one active case and 91 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 – 579 total

Six new cases and four recoveries bring Cardston County's active cases to 63 and recoveries to 506.

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

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 383.4, which remains 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 – 1,997 total

Six new cases and three recoveries brings Lethbridge's active cases to 205 and recoveries to 1,772.

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

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 203.7.

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 no new cases or recoveries, the MD of Taber's active cases remain at four and recoveries 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 – 145 total

With an adjustment of minus one recoveries, Cypress County has two active cases and 143 recoveries.

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

Medicine Hat – 552 total

Five new cases and an adjustment of minus one recoveries brings Medicine Hat's active cases to 23 and recoveries to 515.

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

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 33.8.

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. 20 and updated Feb. 21, 2021, and are compiled from information from Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

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