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Feb. 22 Covid-19 update

Monday, 22 February 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Feb. 22 Covid-19 update

Dr. Deena Hinshaw shares 
encouraging statistitics


South zone Covid-19 update
By Jenaya Launstein
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.

Despite Covid-19 R values rising this past week, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provided Albertans with some encouraging stats.

While two out of every three Covid-related deaths have been in long-term care or designated supportive living facilities, active cases in such locations have drastically dropped. 

In less than two months, active cases in long-term care have gone from 776 on Dec. 27 to 63 on Feb. 20, representing a 92 per cent decline.

The same rings true for long-term care outbreaks with active cases, which dropped from 74 on Dec. 10, to five on Feb. 16.

“Every one of us should take pride in this turnaround, as it is the result of not only our immunization campaign, but also of our collective efforts to bring our new case numbers down,” said Dr. Hinshaw.

A steep decline has also been seen in designated supportive-living facilities. A peak of 1,300 active cases in these settings was reached on Christmas Day. In the last seven weeks, however, cases in these facilities have dropped by 88 per cent.

Continuing with the positive news, Alberta now has only eight acute-care outbreaks, compared to 27 at the beginning of January.

The number of new and active cases in school-aged Albertans has also gone down since in-person classes resumed.

“While there are some day-to-day fluctuations in new cases, the overall trend is downward since students returned to school in person,” said Dr. Hinshaw.

On Jan. 11, there were over 2,000 active cases in this age group. Fast forward six weeks and the number sits at 747, a decline of 63 per cent.

Perhaps the most positive statistic Dr. Hinshaw shared in today’s update is the downward trend in Covid-related deaths. At the end of December, Alberta was averaging a high of 167 deaths per week. The last seven days have told a different story, with 23 deaths in total.

“This is the power of our actions together. This is the power of each of us, every day, limiting our in-person contacts with other people,” she said.

“These trends were not inevitable, and are not due to just the passing of time. These trends are the result of our willingness to put our communities’ needs first and care for each other every day.”

Even with such positive news being shared, the chief medical officer says Covid-19 still poses a threat to the province, and the choices we make matter. Cases are once again starting to plateau instead of drop, and steady numbers of new variant cases are coming in.

Dr. Hinshaw added that cases in Alberta will rise or fall based on the actions that each of us takes in the days and weeks ahead.

“We can do this. We have done this, in fact, and let us take courage from that fact as we face the next few months. Let’s keep working together to keep bending the curve down until vaccines are here for everyone who wants them, and we can celebrate what we have accomplished together.”

Covid-19 vaccinations continue, with 69,362 people now fully immunized with both doses and a total of 173,539 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. 21, 2021.

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New cases of Covid-19, recoveries and deaths

Alberta – 131,336 total

4,675 active cases and 124,818 recovered
289 variant cases
1,843 Covid-related deaths

The province has 273 new cases, 340 new recoveries and 16 new deaths, resulting in a decrease of 83 active cases.

Alberta now has 289 confirmed variant cases, an increase of 11. This includes 282 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.

An increase of three hospitalizations brings the total to 324 and ICU admissions remain at 53.

With 6,062 tests conducted, the positivity rate is about 4.5 per cent (up from 4.4 per cent the previous day) and the recovery rate is about 95 per cent.

The mortality rate remains at about 1.4 per cent.

There are 195 active and 8,959 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. 

Active cases with unknown zone – 11

Recovered cases with unknown zone – 101

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.

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.

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South Zone – 6,367 total

352 active cases and 5,929 recovered
Zero variant cases
86 Covid-related deaths

The south zone has 29 new cases, 11 new recoveries and one new death, resulting in an increase of 17 active cases.

Today's update includes the death of a woman in her 60s, related to the outbreak at Valleyview in Medicine Hat. Condolences are extended to her family and friends.

No variant cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the south zone.

An increase of one hospitalization brings the total to 31 and ICU admissions remain at 10.

With 433 tests conducted, the positivity rate is about 7.9 per cent (up from 5.3 the previous day) and the recovery rate is about 93 per cent.

The mortality rate increased to about 1.4 per cent.

Information for all south-zone regions is provided after the zone updates in this post. This includes R value, school stats, outbreak information and details for specific regions.


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Calgary Zone – 50,400 total

1,665 active cases and 48,166 recovered
116 variant cases
569 Covid-related deaths

The Calgary zone has 144 new cases, 145 new recoveries and three new deaths, resulting in a decrease of four active cases.

There are now 111 cases of the B.1.1.7 variant (an increase of two) and five cases (no increase) of B.1.351.

An increase of three hospitalizations brings the total to 118 and one less admission brings the ICU count to 17.

The recovery rate is about 96 per cent and the mortality rate is about 1.1 per cent.



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Edmonton Zone – 53,180 total

1,028 active cases and 51,201 recovered
110 variant cases
951 Covid-related deaths

The Edmonton zone has 41 new cases, 119 new recoveries and nine new deaths, resulting in a decrease of 87 active cases.

There are 108 cases of B.1.1.7 (an increase of one) and two cases (no increase) of B.1.351 in the Edmonton zone.

A decrease of two hospitalizations brings the total to 96 and ICU admission remains at 16.

The recovery rate is about 96 per cent and the mortality rate is about 1.8 per cent.




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Central Zone – 9,926 total

760 active cases and 9,062 recovered
63 variant cases
104 Covid-related deaths

The central zone has 29 new cases, 34 new recoveries and one new death, resulting in a decrease of six active cases.

There are 63 cases of B.1.1.7 (an increase of eight) and no cases of B.1.351 in the central zone.

An increase of three hospitalizations brings the total to 35 and one new ICU admission increases the total to nine.

The recovery rate is about 91 per cent and the mortality rate is about 1.1 per cent.  


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North Zone – 11,351 total

859 active cases and 10,359 recovered
Zero variant cases
133 Covid-related deaths

The north zone has 28 new cases, 32 new recoveries and two new deaths, resulting in a decrease of six active cases.

No variant cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the north zone.

A decrease of two hospitalizations brings the total to 44 and ICU admissions remain at one.

The recovery rate is about 91 per cent and the mortality rate is about 1.2 per cent.


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R values

Feb. 15 to 21, 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 increased this week, as did Edmonton, Calgary and the rest of Alberta.

The rate for the rest of Alberta 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.

1.03 Alberta (provincewide)

0.98, 0.92, 0.99, 0.90, 0.84, 0.81, 0.83, 0.87, 0.85, 1.03

0.93 Edmonton zone

1.0, 0.89, 0.92, 0.80, 0.81, 0.81, 0.74, 0.82, 0.78, 0.93

0.95 Calgary zone

0.92, 0.97, 1.02, 0.96, 0.79, 0.83, 0.83, 0.82, 0.82, 0.95

1.13 rest of Alberta

1.01, 0.90, 1.06, 0.97, 0.88, 0.77, 0.90, 0.96, 0.94, 1.13


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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. 

Approximately 10 per cent of Alberta's schools have active cases, affecting 235 schools with a total of 840 cases.

There are 179 schools with alerts (one to four cases) and a total of 382 cases.

There are 56 schools with outbreaks (five to nine cases) and a total of 458 cases.

South zone schools

Alerts have ended for Isabelle Sellon School and Crowsnest Consolidated High School in Crowsnest Pass

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

Outbreak has ended for Gilbert Paterson Middle School in Lethbridge

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 – 216 total

19 active cases and 193 recovered
4 Covid-related deaths

The Pincher Creek area has no new cases, no new recoveries and no new deaths. An adjustment of -1 recovery was made, which did not affect the number of active cases.

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

Zero active cases and 24 recovered
Zero Covid-related deaths

Crowsnest Pass has no new cases, recoveries or deaths, so statistics remain unchanged.

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


Fort Macleod – 96 total

1 active case and 91 recovered
4 Covid-related deaths

Fort Macleod has no new cases, recoveries or deaths, so statistics remain unchanged.

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


Cardston County – 587 total

70 active cases and 507 recovered
10 Covid-related deaths

Cardston County has eight new cases, one recovery and no new deaths, resulting in an increase of seven active cases.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 426.0, which puts Cardston County at fifth highest in the province.


I.D. No. 4 (Waterton) – Zero total

Zero active cases and zero recovered
Zero Covid-related deaths

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

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


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City of Lethbridge – 2,019 total

214 active cases and 1,785 recovered
20 Covid-related deaths

The City of Lethbridge has 22 new cases, 13 recoveries and no new deaths, resulting in an increase of nine active cases.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 212.6.


Lethbridge County – 534 total

16 active cases and 511 recovered
7 Covid-related deaths

Lethbridge County has one new case, and no new recoveries or deaths, resulting in an increase of one active case.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 62.3.


County of Warner – 162 total

4 active cases and 156 recovered
2 Covid-related deaths

The County of Warner has one new case, and no new recoveries or deaths, resulting in an increase of one active case.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 36.0.


MD of Taber – 337 total

5 active cases and 326 recovered
6 Covid-related deaths

The MD of Taber has one new case, and no new recoveries or deaths, resulting in an increase of one active case.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 26.3.


Brooks – 1,362 total

Zero active cases and 1,348 recovered
14 Covid-related deaths

The City of Brooks has no new cases, recoveries or deaths, resulting in no change to active cases. An adjustment of -2 recoveries was made.

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



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County of Newell – 158 total

Zero active cases and 156 recovered
2 Covid-related deaths

The County of Newell has no new cases, recoveries or deaths, resulting in no change to active cases.

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


County of Forty Mile – 117 total

Zero active cases and 115 recovered
2 Covid-related deaths

The County of Forty Mile has no new cases, recoveries or deaths, resulting in no change to active cases.

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


Cypress County – 145 total

2 active cases and 143 recovered
Zero Covid-related deaths

Cypress County has no new cases, recoveries or deaths, resulting in no change to active cases.

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


Medicine Hat – 551 total

21 active cases and 515 recovered
15 Covid-related deaths

Medicine Hat has an adjustment in new cases of minus one, no new recoveries and one new death, resulting in a decrease of two active cases.

The death in today's update was a woman in her 60s, which is related to the outbreak at Valleyview in Medicine Hat. Condolences are extended to her family and friends.

The rate of active cases per 100,000 people is 30.8.


Oyen area – 43 total

Zero active cases and 43 recovered
Zero Covid-related deaths

The Oyen area has no new cases, recoveries or deaths, resulting in no change to active cases.

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

The Oyen area includes Special Areas 2 and 3, and the MD of Acadia.

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. 21 and updated Feb. 22, 2021. It is compiled from information provided Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

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