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New Covid-19 cases limited in Alberta’s south zone

Monday, 14 September 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

New Covid-19 cases limited in Alberta’s south zone

New Covid-19 cases limited
in Alberta’s south zone

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

Since Friday, 46,127 Covid-19 tests were processed, leading to confirmation of 418 new cases of the virus, which equates to 0.9 cases confirmed per 100 testing positive. Only five of the new cases are in the south zone.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said in her update today that this number is still manageable by public health.

She also reported 42 confirmed cases of Covid-19 (an increase of 10), where the infected persons were present while infectious, at 35 different schools.

Six school outbreaks are now noted, with Chinook High School in Lethbridge being the only one in the south zone. 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.

So far, all cases diagnosed in relation to schools have been brought in from the community and are not associated with in-school transmission.

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. 

In total, 15,833 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 418 new cases confirmed from 46,127 tested over three days.

The provincial recovery rate is about 89 per cent as 14,041 have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has increased to 1,538. 

To date, there have been 254 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta, with one new death reported today.

There are 37 people hospitalized, with seven in intensive care.

South Zone Information – 1,782 cases 38 active (5 new) 

1,719 people (about 96 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from Covid-19. 

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

There are no hospitalizations in the south zone.

A school outbreak has been reported at Chinook High School in Lethbridge where the school status is listed as “open,” and there are no other public outbreaks noted

Community Breakdown for Monday, Sept. 14

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Sept. 13

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report Sept. 11

Pincher Creek Region (26 total) – 0 active, 25 recovered, 1 death

Crowsnest Pass (2 total) – 0 active, 2 recovered

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

Cardston County/Kainai (105 total) – 4 active, 96 recovered, 5 deaths

I.D. Waterton (0) 

Lethbridge (168 total) – 10 active, 156 recovered, 2 deaths
* 2 new active, 3 new recoveries

Lethbridge County (42 total) – 8 active, 34 recovered
* 2 new recoveries

County of Warner (62 total) – 3 active, 58 recovered, 1 death

MD of Taber (40 total) – 1 active, 39 recovered
* 1 new active

City of Brooks (1,128 total) – 2 active, 1,117 recovered, 9 deaths

County of Newell (32 total) – 0 active, 30 recovered, 2 deaths

County of Forty Mile (25 total) – 4 active, 21 recovered

Cypress County (31 total) – 0 active, 31 recovered

Medicine Hat (74 total) – 5 active, 67 recovered, 2 deaths
* 2 new active

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.

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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Statistical updates will be provided on weekdays and paused on weekends and holidays to coincide with AHS reporting. Should something urgent happen on a weekend or holiday, a special report will be released.

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