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Jan. 11 Covid-19 update

Monday, 11 January 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Jan. 11 Covid-19 update

R values show province-wide decrease in
Covid-19 transmission last week

South zone Covid-19 update
compiled from Alberta Health Services data
by Shannon Robison, Publisher of Shootin' the Breeze


Covid-19 R values were released again today.

Also known as the reproduction number, it describes whether cases are currently increasing, decreasing or staying the same (ie. the average number of people that 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.

Covid-19 R values

Alberta (provincewide)
   Jan. 4 to 10 –  0.90 (0.87 to 0.92)
   Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 – 0.99 (0.97 to 1.01)
   Dec. 14 to 20 – 0.92 (0.90 to 0.93)
   Dec. 7 to 13 – 0.98 (0.96 to 1.00)

Edmonton zone
   Jan. 4 to 10 –  0.80 (0.76 to 0.82)
   Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 – 0.92 (0.89 to 0.95)
   Dec. 14 to 20 – 0.89 (0.86 to 0.93)
   Dec. 7 to 13 – 1.0 (0.98 to 1.03)

Calgary zone
   Jan. 4 to 10 –  0.96 (0.92 to 1.00)
   Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 – 1.02 (0.99 to 1.06)
   Dec. 14 to 20 – 0.97 (0.97 to 1.00)
   Dec. 7 to 13 – 0.92 (0.90 to 0.95)

Rest of Alberta
   Jan. 4 to 10 –  0.97 (0.93 to 1.01) 
   Dec. 28 to Jan. 3 – 1.06 (1.01 to 1.10)
   Dec. 14 to 20 – 0.90 (0.85 to 0.95)
   Dec. 7 to 13 – 1.01 (0.98 to 1.06)

Alberta Health has advised that specific information will not be provided for the specific zones with the exception of Calgary and Edmonton due to their smaller populations. Information was not be provided for the week of Dec. 21 to 27.

Dr. Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, has said the R value must remain below one for several weeks and have a corresponding decrease in new and active cases to show a change in trend.



Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro provided an update on the province’s vaccination response this afternoon.

As of yesterday, 46,791 doses of Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered to long-term care workers and residents, respiratory therapists, intensive-care unit nurses and doctors, and other healthcare workers. 

It is expected that first doses of Covid-19 vaccinations at all Alberta continuing-care sites will be completed by Jan. 18.

More than 75 per cent of in-stock doses have been used and administration of the vaccination has increased from an average of 878 per day in December to more than 3,800 per day in early January.

Premier Kenney said Alberta will have the capacity to administer 50,000 doses per week and projects this will reach 200,000 per week by the end of March.

While the capacity is expected to exist, securing that number of doses of the vaccines is another story and the premier anticipates being short by at least 20,000 doses by the end of next week.

Despite this, he stressed several times the need for as many people as possible to sign up to receive the vaccine.

"We are ramping up our capacity to ensure no matter how many vaccines arrive in Alberta, there are people lined up, ready to receive them, and health-care workers ready to administer them," the premier said.

The program has now been expanded to include paramedics and emergency medical responders along with health-care workers in Covid-19 units, medical and surgical units, operating rooms and emergency departments, home-care workers, respiratory therapists and staff of long-term carn and designated supportive-living facilities.

Emails will be sent directly to newly eligible health-care workers by Alberta Health Services and an online booking system will be used to schedule appointments.

All mandatory restrictions announced by Premier Jason Kenney on Dec. 8 remain in effect until at least Jan. 21 2021, and must be followed by all Albertans, businesses, organizations, service providers and visitors to the province.

Links to the details for each restriction are included below the south zone specifics.

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Alberta Overview

Sunday, Jan. 10 – 112,091 total cases

Data updated Monday, Jan. 11

639 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in today’s update. 

9,838 people were tested, for a provincial positivity rate of about 6.5 per cent. 

There are 13,917 active cases, a decrease of 199 from the previous day. 

815 recoveries brings the total to 96,867 and a recovery rate of about 86 per cent.

811 people are hospitalized with 130 admitted to intensive care units.

23 new Covid-related deaths were reported today.

1,307 Albertans have now died, and the Covid-19 mortality rate for the province is about 1.2 per cent.

There are 1,201 active and 6,552 recovered cases at long-term care facilities and supportive/home-living sites. 866 of the 1,307 deaths (66 per cent) have been in these sites.

School statistics will next be reported late this week.

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South Zone Specifics

Sunday, Jan. 10 – 5,282 total cases

Data updated Monday, Jan. 11

20 new cases were reported in today’s update

385 people were tested for a positivity rate of about 5.2 per cent (up from three per cent yesterday).

There are 307 active cases, an increase of 10 from the previous day.

Nine recoveries brings the total to 4,910, for a zone recovery rate of about 93 per cent.

20 people are hospitalized with six admitted to intensive care.

65 residents have now died and Covid-19 has a mortality rate of about 1.2 per cent for the zone.

Today’s update includes the death of a woman in her 100s and is linked to the outbreak at Meadowlands in Medicine Hat. Condolences are extended to her family and friends.

There are six outbreak sites across the south, which are detailed in the community breakdown below. 

School statistics will next be reported late this week.

Zone of current hospitalization and current ICU admission are based on location of hospitalization, not 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 hospitalization statistic would show in the Calgary zone.

Outbreaks are normally updated by Alberta Health Tuesdays and Fridays, and declared over when four weeks have passed with no new cases. This means not all outbreaks have current transmission or active cases.

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Know the symptoms of Covid-19 and what to do if you, or someone you know, is experiencing them.

Learn about symptoms, testing, isolation and quarantine


Know and understand the restrictions currently in place until at least Jan. 21, 2021:

* All restrictions have been reviewed on Jan. 7 to ensure this is the most up-to-date information available as little tweaks are often made in the background.

Mask use and exceptions

Gatherings

Travel and visitors

Wedding and funeral services

Faith services

Retail and home-based businesses

Restaurants, pubs, bars, lounges and cafes

Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges

Personal and wellness services

Health, social and professional services

Entertainment and recreation facilities

Sports and physical activities

Performances

  

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South Zone Community Breakdown

Sunday, Jan. 10

Data updated Monday, Jan. 11

* Indicates a change in statistics since the previous day’s report



Pincher Creek Region – 121 total 

16 active, 102 recovered, 3 deaths

* 1 new recovery

192.7 per 100,000

Aakom-Kiyii Health Services has reported 7 active cases (decrease of 9) of Covid-19 in Piikani Nation, which are included in the totals above. Delays in reporting by Alberta Health typically explain differences such as noted today.

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.



Crowsnest Pass – 12 total

1 active, 11 recovered

15.8 per 100,000



Fort Macleod – 72 total

3 active, 66 recovered, 3 deaths
MD of Willow Creek in Calgary zone = 36.5 per 100,000 (6 active in MD)



Cardston County/Kainai – 320 total
 

47 active, 267 recovered, 6 deaths

* 1 new active

285.6 per 100,000



I.D. Waterton – 0 

0 per 100,000 – open status

 

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City of Lethbridge – 1,511 total

109 active, 1,392 recovered, 10 deaths

* 10 new active, 7 new recoveries

110.1 per 100,000

Public outbreak site – Lethbridge Alpha House



Lethbridge County – 465 total

37 active, 421 recovered, 7 deaths

* 5 new active, 1 new recovery

146.7 per 100,000 

Supportive living/home living outbreak — Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte (Dec. 22)

Public outbreak sites – Rehoboth Christian Ministries in Coaldale (Jan. 8) and Whole Leaf Produce in Coaldale (Jan. 8)



County of Warner – 149 total 

6 active, 141 recovered, 2 deaths

54.6 per 100,000 



MD of Taber – 318 total 

8 active, 304 recovered, 6 deaths

* 1 new recovery

42.4 per 100,000 



City of Brooks – 1,359 total

16 active, 1,329 recovered, 14 deaths

* 2 new active

82.9 per 100,000


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County of Newell – 146 total 

7 active, 137 recovered, 2 deaths

* 1 new active

86.5 per 100,000 



County of Forty Mile – 117 total 

4 active, 111 recovered, 2 deaths

62.1 per 100,000 



Cypress County – 144 total
 

5 active, 139 recovered

* adjustment of -1 new recovery

44.6 per 100,000 



City of Medicine Hat – 494 total 

36 active, 448 recovered, 10 deaths

* 1 new death

Today’s update includes the death of a woman in her 100s and is linked to the outbreak at Meadowlands in Medicine Hat. Condolences are extended to her family and friends.

52.9 per 100,000 

Supportive living/home living outbreak sites – Meadowlands and Chinook Village



Oyen region – 40 total

12 active, 28 recovered

* 2 new active

Special Area 3 – 367.2 per 100,000 (9 active in area)

MD of Acadia – 815.2 per 100,000 (3 active in MD)

Special Area 2 – 131.7 per 100,000 (6 active in area, not all of which is in south zone)



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Alberta Information by Zone

Sunday, Jan. 10

Data updated Monday, Jan. 11

* Indicates a change in statistics since the previous day’s report



Calgary Zone

42,888 confirmed cases   +274

4,958 active cases   -61

37,512 recovered cases   +324

209 in hospital

41 in intensive care

418 deaths   +11   



Edmonton Zone

47,543 confirmed cases   +274

5,441 active cases   -102

41,411 recovered cases   +285

437 in hospital

60 in intensive care

691 deaths   +11   



Central Zone

7,797 confirmed cases   +73

1,472 active cases   -26

6,269 recovered cases   +99

81 in hospital

16 in intensive care

56 deaths                                        



South Zone

5,282 confirmed cases   +20

307 active cases   +10

4,910 recovered cases   +9

20 in hospital

6 in intensive care

65 deaths   +1                                  



North Zone

8,387 confirmed cases   +82

1,668 active cases   -10

6,642 recovered cases   +92

64 in hospital

7 in intensive care

77 deaths                                               



Unknown Zone

194 confirmed cases

71 active cases   

123 recovered cases

0 deaths

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