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Lethbridge remains south zone hot spot

Tuesday, 13 October 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Lethbridge remains south zone hot spot

Lethbridge remains
south zone hot spot

South zone Covid-19 update
Compiled by Shannon Robison, publisher

In total, 20,956 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 961 new cases confirmed from 58,183 tests conducted over four days — an average of 240 per day. This is a provincial positivity rate of 1.7 per cent.

Pincher Creek region and Crowsnest Pass are both free of the virus at this time.

There were 567 recoveries over the same four days for a provincial recovery rate of about 90 per cent — 18,055 have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has increased by 390 to 2,615. 

To date, there have been 286 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta, with four new deaths reported today. There are 97 people hospitalized, with 13 in intensive care.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said today the increase in hospitalizations is largely due to outbreaks at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary and Miseracordia Community Hospital in Edmonton. She also noted these numbers are well within the health system’s capacity.

She didn’t comment on reception of the new voluntary measures added Thursday for the Edmonton zone, but did say it would be a week or two before the impact of those changes would be noticed.

Testing remains available to all experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 but drop-ins will no longer be accepted and all testing will be done by appointment. Dr. Hinshaw gave a reminder to cancel your appointment if you are not able to attend as high no-show rates have been causing delays.

Dr. Hinshaw spoke to a trend with recent cases where an increasing number of people apparently are reluctant to share information about where they may have been exposed to the virus, where they have been while infectious and who they have been in contact with. 

“If we are not able to trace contacts and prevent the virus from spreading, the impacts will continue to grow,” she said. “If you are diagnosed with Covid, please don’t turn any understandable anger against the contact tracers who are doing their job as part of a collective effort to maintain manageable levels of transmission.”

Dr. Hinshaw reported there are now 464 active Covid-19 cases involving 209, or about nine per cent, of Alberta schools. She said in-school transmission has been likely in 53 schools and that in 33 of those, transmission was limited to a single case.

The positivity rate in school-aged children is less than one per cent and is being most strongly influenced by community transmission.

Eighty-eight Alberta schools have reported outbreaks with two or more confirmed cases in individuals who have been present at a school in the past 14 days. 

There are no active school outbreaks in the south zone but Holy Spirit School Division reported Tuesday that Ecole St. Mary and St. Francis Junior High School, both in Lethbridge, have individual cases.

Twenty-one schools are under “watch” status (five or more cases), while the others all have “open” status.

The Government of Alberta school outbreak map can be found at https://bit.ly/2FeS3FR. It currently identifies schools with two or more confirmed cases.

When a single case is confirmed to have been present at a school while infectious, and any time an outbreak of two or more cases is declared, all parents and guardians will receive a letter from AHS through their school informing them of the situation, the actions being taken and steps that will follow. 

South Zone Information – 1,990 total cases  

160 active, 64 new, 6 recoveries

1,804 people (about 91 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from Covid-19. 

Twenty-six people have died since the onset of the pandemic in March.

Four people are currently hospitalized with no one in intensive care.

Five outbreak sites have been identified in Lethbridge — Extendicare Fairmont Park, Lethbridge Family Services, Cavendish Farms, Children’s House Child Care Society and Meridian Manufacturing. Coalhurst Good News Centre in Coalhurst is also listed as a public outbreak site.

A “watch” status has been added for the City of Lethbridge, where 101 active cases in a population of 98,987 is equivalent to 102 per 100,000.

The “watch” status for Lethbridge County remains in place as 40 active cases of Covid-19 in a population of 25,228 equates to 158.6 per 100,000. 

Gathering restrictions and public health orders are in place with no additional measures at this time.

Community Breakdown for Tuesday, Oct. 13

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Oct. 12

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report on Oct. 9

Pincher Creek Region – 27 total
0 active, 25 recovered, 2 deaths

Crowsnest Pass – 2 total
0 active, 2 recovered

Fort Macleod – 33 total
0 active, 30 recovered, 3 deaths

Cardston County/Kainai – 106 total
3 active, 98 recovered, 5 deaths

I.D. Waterton – 0 

Lethbridge – 274 total
101 active, 171 recovered, 2 deaths
* 52 new active

Lethbridge County – 96 total
40 active, 56 recovered
* 6 new active, 3 new recoveries

County of Warner – 65 total
3 active, 61 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new active

MD of Taber – 44 total
0 active, 44 recovered
* 1 new recovery

City of Brooks – 1,135 total
4 active, 1,122 recovered, 9 deaths
* 3 new active, 2 new recoveries

County of Newell – 35 total
3 active, 30 recovered, 2 deaths
* 2 new active

County of Forty Mile – 42 total
3 active, 39 recovered

Cypress County – 33 total
0 active, 33 recovered

Medicine Hat – 84 total
3 active, 79 recovered, 2 deaths

Oyen – 13 total
0 active, 13 recovered

*** 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.


Pincher Creek Regional Emergency Management Organization operates a toll-free information number for those without Internet access to receive up-to-date information on the Covid-19 situation. 

All Covid-positive cases are followed up urgently by Alberta Health Services. If you have a positive test, you will be contacted directly by AHS. The Communicable Disease Control team does confidential contact tracing and follows stringent guidelines to determine who is considered a close contact. Those people will be contacted directly.

If you have a positive test, you are not expected to do your own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing so as many factors determine who is considered to be a close contact.

If you have not been contacted by AHS, you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case.

School classifications are “open,” “watch,” and “enhanced.”

Open – No schools in this area have outbreaks of five or more cases. Schools remain open under Scenario 1, with near-normal operations with some public health measures. Parents may have received an alert from their school. AHS may be working with local schools, but any additional measures are localized and targeted.

Watch – School outbreak declared with five or more cases where disease could have been acquired or transmitted in the school. Schools remain open under Scenario 1 with the province monitoring risk and working with the school, school authority and AHS. Additional public health measures may be in the place within a school to control the spread.

Enhanced – Risk levels require enhanced measures to control the spread at a school or school authority level. Schools may be moved to Scenario 2 (in-school classes partially operating) or Scenario 3 (at-home learning).

Residents are to continue following all public health orders and gathering restrictions:

  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 14 days for anyone who is a close contact of someone with Covid-19, or who return to, or entered Alberta from outside of Canada
  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 10 days for anyone who has a confirmed case of Covid-19 or symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness or breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people for indoor social events (such as weddings and funerals), 100 for outdoor social events and indoor seated/audience events, and 200 for audience-type community outdoor events.
  • No additional measures are currently in place but people are to continue maintaining physical distancing of two metres from people outside of one’s own household or cohort and to continue practising good hand hygiene.
  • The province’s relaunch status map can be viewed at COVID-19 relaunch status map | alberta.ca

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