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Oct. 12 south-zone Covid update

Tuesday, 12 October 2021. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Oct. 12 south-zone Covid update
Recoveries far outnumber new Covid cases over long weekend

Covid-19 Update
By Shannon Robison

Significant recovery was reported today for the long weekend on local, zone and provincial levels.

Crowsnest Pass again reported no new cases and joined Waterton as the only south-zone area to do so over the weekend.

Eight of 33 Covid-related deaths reported today are in the south zone, affecting Cardston County, Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Brooks and Medicine Hat.

The deceased are a female in her 60s and seven males – four in their 80s, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. Condolences are extended to family members and friends.


Press conference summary by Jenaya Launstein:

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney joined today’s Covid-19 update to give an update on the province’s Restrictions Exemption Program, as well as vaccinations.

Over 85 per cent of eligible Albertans have received their first dose of vaccine, up from 78 per cent just over a month ago. This equates to more than 250,000 people getting the jab in the last month.

“To them, I want to say thank you,” said Premier Kenney.

More than 3.2 million Albertans have now been immunized.

“You are making a difference with those choices,” added the Premier.

Premier Kenney went on to say that while the province still has a ways to go in its fight against Covid, encouraging trends are emerging, which means the Restrictions Exemption Program, vaccine incentives and other public health measures are making a difference.

“Every Albertan who chooses the protection of vaccines is one less person who might end up in our intensive care units or hospital beds, which means less pressure on our system,” said Premier Kenney.

That being said, the province is still facing cancelled surgeries and ICUs are over their typical baseline capacity, causing there to be less care available for people with other pressing medical needs.

Of the 1,053 Albertans currently hospitalized due to Covid-19, 73 per cent are unvaccinated. From the 1,053 in hospital, 242 are in ICU, with nearly 90 per cent of them being unvaccinated. Every Albertan under 40 years old who has died from the virus did not have the vaccine.

After sharing these stark reminders, Premier Kenney announced steps to make it easier and more secure for businesses and people to participate in the Restrictions Exemption Program, as well as limit the spread of the virus.

As of today, Alberta’s new verification app, which scans proof of vaccinations with a QR code, is now available for download through the Google Play and Apple App stores.

“Businesses and organizations can immediately use the free app, Alberta Records Verifier, to quickly and easily check the authenticity of a vaccine record,” said Premier Kenney.

Albertans who would like to get their enhanced vaccine record with a QR code can do so online at www.alberta.ca/covidrecords. There is no need to create an account, people can simply get access by entering their Alberta Health Care card number.

When businesses scan the customer’s unique QR code, a green checkmark will appear on the screen to indicate its authenticity.

Premier Kenney says it's important to note that the app does not store any personal information.

Over the next month, residents are encouraged to use this new form of vaccination record. As of Monday, Nov. 15, it will be the only acceptable proof of vaccination in Alberta.




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Provincial statistics for Oct. 8 to 11

Reported Oct. 12, 2021

3,358 new cases

15,295 active cases
17,839 last reported

8.3 % positivity rate
40,677 tested

5,869 new recoveries

1,053 hospitalized
1,101 last reported

242 admitted to ICU
250 last reported

33 deaths since last update

311,633 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta since March 2020. This is 7.0 % of the province's population.

293,475 have recovered, for a rate of 94.2 %.

2,863 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 0.9 % mortality rate.


Total pandemic cases by age, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths:

Under 1 year – 1,900
0.6 % of all cases
86 hospitalizations ( 0.6 %)
21 ICU admissions ( 0.8 %)
0 deaths ( 0.0 %)

1 to 4 years – 12,047
3.9 % of all cases
66 hospitalizations ( 0.5 %)
12 ICU admissions ( 0.5 %)
0 deaths ( 0.0 %)

5 to 9 years – 18,682
6.0 % of all cases
34 hospitalizations ( 0.3 %)
12 ICU admissions ( 0.5 %)
0 deaths ( 0.0 %)

10 to 19 years – 42,889
13.8 % of all cases
216 hospitalizations ( 1.6 %)
29 ICU admissions ( 1.1 %)
2 deaths ( 0.1 %)

20 to 29 years – 56,223
18.0 % of all cases
757 hospitalizations ( 5.6 %)
95 ICU admissions ( 3.7 %)
13 deaths ( 0.5 %)

30 to 39 years – 59,567
19.1 % of all cases
1,388 hospitalizations ( 10.3 %)
215 ICU admissions ( 8.3 %)
23 deaths ( 0.8 %)

40 to 49 years – 47,776
15.3 % of all cases
1,633 hospitalizations ( 12.1 %)
353 ICU admissions ( 13.7 %)
62 deaths ( 2.2 %)

50 to 59 years – 34,309
11.0 % of all cases
2,301 hospitalizations ( 17.0 %)
609 ICU admissions ( 23.6 %)
162 deaths ( 5.7 %)

60 to 69 years – 20,464
6.6 % of all cases
2,424 hospitalizations ( 17.9 %)
689 ICU admissions ( 26.7 %)
380 deaths ( 13.3 %)

70 to 79 years – 9,147
2.9 % of all cases
2,173 hospitalizations ( 16.1 %)
435 ICU admissions ( 16.8 %)
634 deaths ( 22.1 %)

80+ years – 8,315
2.7 % of all cases
2,450 hospitalizations ( 18.1 %)
111 ICU admissions ( 4.3 %)
1,586 deaths ( 55.4 %)


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Alberta active case details

South zone – 1,661 ( 10.9 %)
1,972 last reported

Calgary zone – 3,819 ( 25.0 %)
4,359 last reported

Edmonton zone – 3,531 ( 23.1 %)
4,204 last reported

Central zone – 3,180 ( 20.8 %)
3,690 last reported

North zone – 3,075 ( 20.1 %)
3,597 last reported

Unknown – 64 ( 0.3 %)
51 last reported

Total – 15,295
17,839 last reported


Unvaccinated – 67.58 %
Partially vaccinated – 6.47 %
Fully vaccinated – 25.95 %


Active cases by age:

Under 1 year – 104 ( 0.7 % )

1 to 4 years – 652 ( 4.3 % )

5 to 9 years – 1,554 ( 10.2 % )

10 to 19 years – 2,203 ( 14.4 % )

20 to 29 years – 1,837 ( 12.0 % )

30 to 39 years – 2,857 ( 18.7 % )

40 to 49 years – 2,305 ( 15.1 % )

50 to 59 years – 1,726 ( 11.3 % )

60 to 69 years – 1,135 ( 7.4 % )

70 to 79 years – 604 ( 3.9 % )

80+ years – 498 ( 3.3 % )


Highest number of active cases in Wave 4 is 21,307 reported for Sept. 26, 2021.

Pandemic high for active cases is 25,438 reported for May 9, 2021.



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Alberta new case details

South zone – 349
Calgary zone – 812
Edmonton zone – 758
Central zone – 699
North zone – 727
Unknown – 13
Total – 3,358

Unvaccinated – 65.2 %
Partially vaccinated – 6.8 %
Fully vaccinated – 28.1 %

7,131 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta in the past week, an average of 1,019 per day.

2,020 cases on Sept. 26, 2021, is the highest number of cases reported for a single day in the 4th wave,. 2,433 is the highest of the pandemic so far, reported for April 30, 2021.


South zone positivity – 10.7 %
Calgary zone positivity – 5.8 %
Edmonton zone positivity – 16.7 %
Central zone positivity – 5.3 %
North zone positivity – 20.6 %

Alberta positivity – 8.3 %
Alberta positivity over 7 days – 8.4 %

The highest positivity reported in Wave 4 is 12.9 % on Sept. 3, 2021.

The pandemic high positivity was 13.2 % on May 2, 2021.


R values for Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, 2021:

Alberta – 0.92
Edmonton zone – 0.86
Calgary zone – 0.93
Rest of Alberta – 0.94

The highest rate of transmission for Alberta so far was reported the week of July 19 to 25, 2021.


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Alberta hospitalization details

South zone – 125 ( 11.9 % )
131 last reported

Calgary zone – 255 ( 24.2 % )
269 last reported

Edmonton zone – 316 ( 30.0 % )
323 last reported

Central zone – 193 ( 18.3 % )
208 last reported

North zone – 164 ( 15.6 % )
170 last reported

Unknown 0 ( 0.0 % )
0 last reported

Total – 1,053


Unvaccinated – 73.1 %
Partially vaccinated – 4.9 %
Fully vaccinated – 21.9 %


Percent of active cases requiring hospital treatment:

South zone – 7.5
Calgary zone – 6.7
Edmonton zone – 8.9
Central zone – 6.1
North zone – 5.3

The highest number of Albertans requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 1,101 reported on Oct. 7, 2021.

Hospitalizations in the third wave peaked at 737 on May 11, 2021, while the second-wave high was 943 reported on Dec. 13, 2020.


Pandemic hospitalizations by age:

13,531 Albertans hospitalized to date

Under 1 year – 86 ( 0.6 % )

1 to 4 years – 66 ( 0.5 % )

5 to 9 years – 34 ( 0.3 % )

10 to 19 years – 216 ( 1.6 % )

20 to 29 years – 757 ( 5.6 % )

30 to 39 years – 1,388 ( 10.3 % )

40 to 49 years – 1,633 ( 12.1 % )

50 to 59 years – 2,301 ( 17.0 % )

60 to 69 years – 2,424 ( 17.9 % )

70 to 79 years – 2,173 ( 16.1 % )

80+ years – 2,450 ( 18.1 % )



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Alberta ICU details

South zone – 25 ( 10.3 % )
28 last reported

Calgary zone – 75 ( 31.0 % )
81 last reported

Edmonton zone – 110 ( 45.5 % )
109 last reported

Central zone – 20 ( 8.3 % )
22 last reported

North zone – 12 ( 5.0 % )
10 last reported

Unknown – 0 ( 0.0 % )
0 last reported

Total – 242


300 Albertans are currently admitted to intensive care units. 242 of these are Covid patients.

203 surge beds have been added to increase ICU capacity from 173 to 376 as of Oct. 12, 2021.

Baseline capacity is at 173 % and 80 % of the total ICU beds available are full.


Percent of hospitalized cases requiring ICU admission:

South zone – 20.0
Calgary zone – 29.4
Edmonton zone – 34.8
Central zone – 10.4
North zone – 7.3


The highest number of Albertans admitted to ICU during the pandemic is 268 reported on Sept. 28, 2021.

ICU admissions in the third wave peaked at 187 on May 17, 2021, while the second-wave high was 153 reported on Dec. 28, 2020.


Vaccination status of ICU admissions in past 120 days:

Under 12 years – 17 admissions
100.0 % unvaccinated
0.0 % partially vaccinated
0.0 % fully vaccinated

12 to 29 years – 61 admissions
93.4 % unvaccinated
0.0 % partially vaccinated
6.6 % fully vaccinated

30 to 39 years – 102 admissions
98.0 % unvaccinated
2.0 % partially vaccinated
0.0 % fully vaccinated

40 to 49 years – 136 admissions
85.3 % unvaccinated
5.9 % partially vaccinated
8.8 % fully vaccinated

50 to 59 years – 234 admissions
93.2 % unvaccinated
3.8 % partially vaccinated
3.0 % fully vaccinated

60 to 69 years – 256 admissions
86.7 % unvaccinated
4.3 % partially vaccinated
9.0 % fully vaccinated

70 to 79 years – 157 admissions
78.3 % unvaccinated
6.4 % partially vaccinated
15.3 % fully vaccinated

80+ years – 36 admissions
63.9 % unvaccinated
2.8 % partially vaccinated
33.3 % fully vaccinated

999 individuals were admitted to ICU in the past 120 days.


Pandemic ICU admissions by age:

Under one year – 21

1 to 4 years – 12

5 to 9 years – 12

10 to 19 years – 29

20 to 29 years – 95

30 to 39 years – 215

40 to 49 years – 353

50 to 59 years – 609

60 to 69 years – 689

70 to 79 years – 435

80+ years – 111

Total – 2,581



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Alberta Covid-related death details

33 Covid-related deaths have been reported since the last update, with the dates of death spanning from Sept. 28 to Oct. 11, 2021.

29 of the cases included pre-existing conditions. The exceptions are two Edmonton-zone males, one in his 40s and one in his 80s, and male in his 80s; and two women in the north zone, one in her 30s and the other in her 50s.

South zone – 8
Calgary zone – 4
Edmonton zone – 11
Central zone – 5
North zone – 5


Vaccination status of Covid-related deaths in past 120 days:

Under 12 years – 0 deaths
0.0 % unvaccinated
0.0 % partially vaccinated
0.0 % fully vaccinated

12 to 29 years – 6 deaths
83.3 % unvaccinated
0.0 % partially vaccinated
16.7 % fully vaccinated

30 to 39 years – 9 deaths
88.9 % unvaccinated
11.1 % partially vaccinated
0.0 % fully vaccinated

40 to 49 years – 18 deaths
61.1 % unvaccinated
11.1 % partially vaccinated
27.8 % fully vaccinated

50 to 59 years – 54 deaths
88.9 % unvaccinated
1.9 % partially vaccinated
9.3 % fully vaccinated

60 to 69 years – 102 deaths
75.5 % unvaccinated
4.9 % partially vaccinated
19.6 % fully vaccinated

70 to 79 years – 159 deaths
73.6 % unvaccinated
4.4 % partially vaccinated
22.0 % fully vaccinated

80+ years – 242 deaths
50.0 % unvaccinated
4.1 % partially vaccinated
45.9 % fully vaccinated

The province has a recovery rate of 94.2 % and a mortality rate of 0.9 %.


Total pandemic deaths by age group:

Under 1 year – 0

1 to 4 years – 0

5 to 9 years – 0

10 to 12 years – 2

12 to 29 years – 13

30 to 39 years – 23

40 to 49 years – 62

50 to 59 years – 162

60 to 69 years – 380

70 to 79 years – 634

80+ years – 1,586


Total pandemic deaths by zone:

South zone – 230 ( 8.0 % )

Calgary zone – 802 ( 28.0 % )

Edmonton zone – 1,231 ( 43.0 % )

Central zone – 297 ( 10.4 % )

North zone – 303 ( 10.6 % )

Alberta total – 2,863



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Provincial vaccination data:

To date, 6,238,674 vaccinations have been administered, an increase of 46,581 since the last update.

14,583 of new vaccinations were first doses, 19,207 were second doses and 12,791 were third doses.

So far, 3,208,549 first doses have been administered, 2,859,926 second doses and 170,199 third doses.

85.3 % vaccine-eligible Albertans are partially vaccinated and 76 % are fully immunized.

There have been 1,738 adverse reactions — about 3 in 10,000.

1,093 reactions were to Pfizer, 444 to Moderna and 201 to AstraZeneca.

Information regarding walk-in vaccination clinics in the south zone can be found with the area updates below.



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South Zone Summary for Oct. 8 to 11

Reported Oct. 12, 2021

349 new cases

1,661 active cases
1,972 last reported
10.9 % of Alberta total

10.7 % positivity rate with 430 tests
12.1 % average over 7 days

652 new recoveries

125 hospitalized
131 last reported
11.9 % of Alberta hospitalizations
7.5 % of SZ active cases are hospitalized

25 admitted to ICU
28 last reported
10.3 % of Alberta ICU admissions
20.0 % of SZ hospitalized are in ICU

8 deaths
Eight of 33 Covid-related deaths reported today are in the south zone, affecting Cardston County, Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Brooks and Medicine Hat. The deceased are a female in her 60s and seven males – four in their 80s, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. Condolences are extended to family members and friends.


747 cases were reported in the last seven days, for an average of 107 new cases per day.

20,999 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the south zone since March 2020. These cases are 6.7 % of the provincial total.

19,108 recovered, for a rate of 91.0 %.

230 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.1 % mortality rate.

77.5 % of vaccine-eligible individuals in the south zone are partially vaccinated, while 68.4 % are fully immunized.


School outbreaks

There are currently 44 Covid-19 outbreaks (2 or more cases) in southern Alberta schools.

The last report listed 69 schools.


Public outbreaks

There are currently 26 Covid outbreaks in the zone. Acute-care numbers are provided weekdays by Alberta Health Services and the balance are updated by Alberta Health on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Outbreaks are declared in acute-care and continuing care settings when there are 2 or more cases; in prisons, shelters and childcare settings when there are 5 or more cases; and in non-healthcare workplaces, events and public settings when there are 10 or more cases.

Outbreaks are declared over after 4 weeks have passed since the last case was identified, meaning not all outbreaks listed below have current transmission happening.

Acute-care facility outbreaks

Brooks Health Centre – One unit since Sept. 24, involving two patients and eight healthcare workers.

Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge – One unit since Oct. 3, involving one healthcare worker.

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital – One unit since Sept. 20, involving three patients and six healthcare workers.

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital – One unit since Sept. 28, involving five patients.

Long-term-care facility outbreaks

Good Samaritan Society South Ridge Village in Medicine Hat – since Sept. 6

Pioneer Lodge in Fort Macleod – since Sept. 6

South Country Village in Medicine Hat

Supportive-living facility outbreaks

Agecare Sunrise Gardens in Brooks – since Oct. 5

Alfred Egan Home in Bow Island – since Oct. 8

Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte – since Oct. 8

Chinook Village in Medicine Hat

Cypress View Foundation in Medicine Hat – since Aug. 31

Elim Village in Lethbridge – since Oct. 8

Good Samaritan Society Lee Crest in Cardston – since Aug. 27

Good Samaritan Society Linden View in Taber – since Aug. 31

Good Samaritan Society Park Meadows Village in Lethbridge – since Sept. 6

Hanna Health Centre Facility Living in Hanna – since Sept. 14

Legacy Lodge in Lethbridge – since Oct. 8

Newbrook Lodge in Brooks – since Sept. 16

Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island – since Sept. 23

River Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat

St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge – since Oct. 8

Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale – since Sept. 23

The Wellington in Medicine Hat – since Oct. 8

Other facility and setting outbreaks

Nature's Way Learning Centre in Medicine Hat – since Sept. 16

Salvation Army Shelter in Medicine Hat – since Sept. 14



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Pincher Creek Area

7 new cases

41 active cases
43 last reported
2.5 % of zone active

9 new recoveries

0 new deaths
The last Covid-related death in the Pincher Creek area was reported on Oct. 4, 2021.

Pincher Creek area last had zero active cases on Nov. 3, 2020.

18 new cases were reported in the past week for an average of 3 per day.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 12 on Sept. 20 & 27, 2021.

Active case highs are 65 reported on Sept 20 of the fourth wave, 20 in the third wave, 42 in the second wave and 13 in the first.


567 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 6.8 % of the local population and 2.7 % of the zone total.

517 have recovered, for a rate of 91.2 %.

9 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.6 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

None reported


Pincher Creek walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the health centre
1222 Bev McLachlin Drive

Oct. 13, 25, Nov. 8 and 22 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 18, Nov. 1, 15 and 29 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

81.7 % partially vaccinated
72.2 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
95.0 % partially vaccinated
93.5 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
88.4 % partially vaccinated
84.9 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
80.8 % partially vaccinated
72.2 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
73.0 % partially vaccinated
87.6 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
74.1 % partially vaccinated
56.8 % fully vaccinated


The 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.



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Crowsnest Pass

0 new cases

9 active cases
12 last reported
0.5 % of zone active

3 new recovery

0 new deaths
The single Covid-related death in Crowsnest was reported on May 14, 2021.


2 new cases were reported in the past week for an average of 0.3 per day.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 7 on both April 16 and Jan. 29, 2021.

Active case highs are 16 reported on Sept. 16 of the fourth wave, 22 in the third wave, 7 in the second wave and 2 in the first.


135 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 2.1 % of the local population and 0.6 % of the zone total.

125 have recovered, for a rate of 92.6 %.

1 death has been linked to Covid-19, for a 0.7 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

None reported


Crowsnest Pass walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the provincial building
12501 20th Avenue, Blairmore

Oct. 13, 15, 22 and 27 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 3, 10 17 and 24 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

76.1 % partially vaccinated
68.8 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
87.6 % partially vaccinated
86.0 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
88.0 % partially vaccinated
83.4 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
74.0 % partially vaccinated
68.0 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
62.8 % partially vaccinated
49.9 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
61.5 % partially vaccinated
50.4 % fully vaccinated



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Fort Macleod

8 new cases

47 active cases
47 last reported
2.8 % of zone active

8 new recoveries

0 new deaths
The last Covid-related death in Fort Macleod was reported on May 26, 2021.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 11 on Oct. 6, 2021.

Active case highs are 59 reported on Sept. 16 of the fourth wave, and 84 cases reported three times in the third wave.


493 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 7.2 % of the local population and 2.3 % of the zone total.

440 have recovered, for a rate of 89.2 %.

6 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.2 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Pioneer Lodge in Fort Macleod – since Sept. 6

F.P. Walshe School – alert 2-4 cases


Fort Macleod walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the health centre
744 26 Street S

Oct. 13, Nov. 1 and 26 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 9 and 18 – 12 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

65.9 % partially vaccinated
58.4 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
86.5 % partially vaccinated
82.3 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
82.0 % partially vaccinated
78.2 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
68.8 % partially vaccinated
60.1 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
50.9 % partially vaccinated
40.9 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
51.7 % partially vaccinated
43.8 % fully vaccinated



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Waterton (ID No. 4)


0 new cases

0 active cases
0 last reported
0.0 % of zone active

0 new recoveries

0 new deaths
No Covid-related deaths have been reported for Waterton.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 2 on May 26, 2021.

The highest number of active cases was 4 reported on May 27, 2021.


7 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 4.3 % of the local population and 0.03 % of the zone total.

3642 have recovered, for a rate of 100.0 %.

0 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 0.0 % mortality rate.


Public outbreaks

None reported


Walk-in vaccination clinics:

Waterton residents can find walk-in vaccination clinic information for Cardston County and the Pincher Creek area in those community sections.


Community vaccination status:

Vaccination statistics for Waterton are included with Cardston County.



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Cardston County

40 new cases

143 active cases
176 last reported
8.6 % of zone active

71 new recoveries

2 new deaths
Eight of 33 Covid-related deaths reported today are in the south zone, affecting Cardston County, Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Brooks and Medicine Hat. The deceased are a female in her 60s and seven males – four in their 80s, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. Condolences are extended to family members and friends.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 31 on Sept. 16, 2021.

Active case highs are 184 reported on Oct. 3, 2021 of the fourth wave, and 79 cases reported twice in the third wave.


1,664 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 10.1 % of the local population and 7.9 % of the zone total.

1494 have recovered, for a rate of 89.8 %.

27 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.6 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Good Samaritan Society Lee Crest in Cardston – since Aug. 27


Cardston walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the provincial building
Access from 576 Main Street

Oct. 18, 22 and 25 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 13 and 20 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 1, 5, 8, 15, 19, 22 and 29 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Magrath walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the health centre
37 East 2nd Ave. N

Oct. 20 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 3 and 17 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status:

Vaccination statistics for Cardston County include Waterton (ID No. 4) residents.

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

79.2 % partially vaccinated
67.3 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
87.4 % partially vaccinated
83.6 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
86.4 % partially vaccinated
83.0 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
81.5 % partially vaccinated
71.0 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
70.9 % partially vaccinated
54.5 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
73.9 % partially vaccinated
56.3 % fully vaccinated



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County of Warner

19 new cases

60 active cases
60 last reported
3.6 % of zone active

19 new recoveries

0 new deaths
No deaths have been reported for the County of Warner in this fourth wave of the pandemic.

Oct. 7, 2021, was the last day the county reported no new cases of Covid-19.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 10 on May 7, 2021.

Active case highs are 79 reported on Sept. 26 & 30 of the fourth wave, and 130 cases reported in the third.


681 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 6.1 % of the local population and 3.2 % of the zone total.

618 have recovered, for a rate of 90.7 %.

3 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 0.4 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Raymond Elementary School
Alert 5 to 9 cases



Milk River walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the health centre
517 Centre Avenue NE

Oct. 30 and Nov. 20 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Raymond walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the senior centre
55E 100 N

Oct. 13 and Nov. 16 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 18, 27 and Nov. 1 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

68.8 % partially vaccinated
58.3 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
86.5 % partially vaccinated
84.9 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
85.0 % partially vaccinated
79.6 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
71.4 % partially vaccinated
60.0 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
56.8 % partially vaccinated
43.2 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
54.0 % partially vaccinated
40.7 % fully vaccinated



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Lethbridge County

19 new cases

129 active cases
170 last reported
7.8 % of zone active

59 new recoveries

1 new death
Eight of 33 Covid-related deaths reported today are in the south zone, affecting Cardston County, Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Brooks and Medicine Hat. The deceased are a female in her 60s and seven males – four in their 80s, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. Condolences are extended to family members and friends.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 24 on Sept. 22, 2021.

Active case highs are 182 reported on Oct. 3 of the fourth wave, and 187 cases reported in the third.


1,775 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 6.9 % of the local population and 8.5 % of the zone total.

1,630 have recovered, for a rate of 91.8 %.

16 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 0.9 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Sunny South Lodge in Coaldale

Bethesda Care Home in Picture Butte

Barons School in Barons
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Jennie Emery Elementary School in Coaldale
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Calvin Christian School in Coalhurst
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Coalhurst Elementary School in Coalhurst
Alert 2 to 4 cases


Coaldale walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the health centre
2100 11th Street

Oct. 13, 20, 31, Nov. 10 and 24 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 25, Nov. 4 and 15 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Picture Butte walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the community/senior centre
607 Hwy Avenue N

Oct. 12 and Nov. 2 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 20 and Nov. 24 – 9 to 11:30 a.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

67.4 % partially vaccinated
59.2 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
88.0 % partially vaccinated
87.1 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
85.8 % partially vaccinated
83.3 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
72.6 % partially vaccinated
63.7 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
56.9 % partially vaccinated
46.0 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
49.6 % partially vaccinated
39.9 % fully vaccinated



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MD of Taber

31 new cases

128 active cases
145 last reported
7.7 % of zone active

48 new recoveries

0 new deaths
The last Covid-related death in the MD of Taber was reported on Sept. 29, 2021.

Oct. 7 was the last day the county reported no new cases of Covid-19.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 27 on Sept. 8, 2021.

Active case highs are 210 reported on Sept. 20 of the fourth wave, and 64 cases reported in the third.


1,139 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 6.0 % of the local population and 5.4 % of the zone total.

1,000 have recovered, for a rate of 87.8 %.

11 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.0 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Good Samaritan Society Linden View in Taber – since Aug. 31

Dr. Hamman School in Taber
Alert 2 to 4 cases

W.R. Myers High School in Taber
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Vauxhall Elementary School in Vauxhall
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Vauxhall Junior Senior High School in Vauxhall
Alert 5 to 9 cases


Taber walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer available at the health centre
4326 50th Avenue

Oct. 13, 20 and 26 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 4, 9, 17 27. 30 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

55.9 % partially vaccinated
47.9 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
87.9 % partially vaccinated
85.3 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
81.3 % partially vaccinated
77.7 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
63.8 % partially vaccinated
54.8 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
41.7 % partially vaccinated
31.9 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
35.6 % partially vaccinated
27.6 % fully vaccinated


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Lethbridge



108 new cases

424 active cases
460 last reported
25.5 % of zone active

143 new recoveries

1 new death
Eight of 33 Covid-related deaths reported today are in the south zone, affecting Cardston County, Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Brooks and Medicine Hat. The deceased are a female in her 60s and seven males – four in their 80s, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. Condolences are extended to family members and friends.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 67 on Sept. 20 of the fourth wave, and 38 in the third.

Active case highs are 487 reported on Sept. 29 & Oct. 4 of the fourth wave, and 462 in the third.


6,493 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 6.5 % of the local population and 30.9 % of the zone total.

6,021 have recovered, for a rate of 92.7 %.

48 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 0.7 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge – One unit since Oct. 3, involving one healthcare worker.

Elim Village in Lethbridge – since Oct. 8

Legacy Lodge in Lethbridge – since Oct. 8

St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge – since Oct. 8

Catholic Central High School
Outbreak 10+ cases

Dr. Gerald B. Probe Elementary School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Ecole St. Mary School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Fleetwood Bawden School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Lethbridge Collegiate Institute
Alert 5 to 9 cases

Mike Mountain Horse School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Our Lady of the Assumption School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

St. Francis Junior High School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

St. Paul Elementary School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

St. Teresa of Calcutta School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Victoria Park High School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Westminster School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Wilson Middle School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Winston Churchill High School
Alert 5 to 9 cases


Lethbridge walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines available at Exhibition Park
3401 Parkside Dr. S

Oct. 13, 14, 15, 16 – 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 2, 5, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 25, 26, 27 – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Lethbridge south vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

85.5 % partially vaccinated
78.2 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
94.4 % partially vaccinated
93.6 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
92.8 % partially vaccinated
90.3 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
86.1 % partially vaccinated
78.3 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
76.5 % partially vaccinated
64.5 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
80.3 % partially vaccinated
70.3 % fully vaccinated


Lethbridge north vaccination status:

86.3 % partially vaccinated
76.8 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
95.2 % partially vaccinated
93.3 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
96.1 % partially vaccinated
92.1 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
86.6 % partially vaccinated
78.3 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
79.3 % partially vaccinated
65.9 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
79.3 % partially vaccinated
65.1 % fully vaccinated


Lethbridge north vaccination status:

76.8 % partially vaccinated
70.1 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
99.3 % partially vaccinated
98.9 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
96.6 % partially vaccinated
95.2 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
92.2 % partially vaccinated
86.7 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
87.0 % partially vaccinated
76.2 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
89.9 % partially vaccinated
76.4 % fully vaccinated



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Brooks

8 new cases

109 active cases
157 last reported
6.6 % of zone active

55 new recoveries

1 new death
Eight of 33 Covid-related deaths reported today are in the south zone, affecting Cardston County, Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Brooks and Medicine Hat. The deceased are a female in her 60s and seven males – four in their 80s, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. Condolences are extended to family members and friends.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day of the fourth wave was 20 on Sept. 22.

Active case highs are 179 reported on Oct. 3 of the fourth wave, and 58 in the third.


2,037 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 10.4 % of the local population and 9.7 % of the zone total.

1,907 have recovered, for a rate of 91.3 %.

21 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.0 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Agecare Sunrise Gardens – since Oct. 5

Newbrook Lodge – since Sept. 16

Brooks Health Centre – One unit since Sept. 24, involving two patients and eight healthcare workers.

Brooks Composite High School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Eastbrook Elementary School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Holy Family Academy
Alert 2 to 4 cases


Brooks Walk-in Vaccination Clinics:

Pfizer vaccine available at the Kinsmen hall – 1 Ave. E
1 Avenue E

Oct. 14, 15, 19 and 30 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 5, 13, 16 and 23 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status for Newell, which includes Brooks:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

74.6 % partially vaccinated
62.8 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
88.4 % partially vaccinated
85.9 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
89.1 % partially vaccinated
83.8 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
78.2 % partially vaccinated
67.5 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
66.7 % partially vaccinated
51.9 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
62.0 % partially vaccinated
45.8 % fully vaccinated


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County of Newell

10 new cases

43 active cases
44 last reported
2.6 % of zone active

11 new recoveries

0 new deaths
The last Covid-related death in the County of Newell was reported on Sept. 28, 2021.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 7 on Sept. 29 of the fourth wave, and 5 in the third.

Active case highs are 59 reported on Sept. 30 of the fourth wave, and 33 in the third.


380 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 5.4 % of the local population and 2.0 % of the zone total.

380 have recovered, for a rate of 88.8 %.

5 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.2 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

None reported


Community vaccination status for Newell, which includes Brooks:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

74.6 % partially vaccinated
62.8 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
88.4 % partially vaccinated
85.9 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
89.1 % partially vaccinated
83.8 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
78.2 % partially vaccinated
67.5 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
66.7 % partially vaccinated
51.9 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
62.0 % partially vaccinated
45.8 % fully vaccinated


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County of Forty Mile

8 new cases

47 active cases
61 last reported
2.8 % of zone active

22 new recoveries

0 new deaths
The last Covid-related death in the County of Forty Mile was reported on Sept. 27, 2021.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 13 on Sept. 22.

Active case highs are 79 reported on Sept. 30 of the fourth wave, and 10 in the third.


309 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 4.8 % of the local population and 1.5 % of the zone total.

257 have recovered, for a rate of 83.2 %.

5 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.6 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Alfred Egan Home in Bow Island – since Oct. 8

Pleasant View Lodge in Bow Island – since Sept. 23

Senator Gershaw School in Bow Island
Alert 2 to 4 cases

St. Michael's School
Alert 2 to 4 cases


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

48.6 % partially vaccinated
40.6 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
80.7 % partially vaccinated
77.8 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
73.5 % partially vaccinated
68.9 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
53.6 % partially vaccinated
46.4 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
36.9 % partially vaccinated
26.2 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
26.8 % partially vaccinated
18.0 % fully vaccinated


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Cypress County

12 new cases

58 active cases
73 last reported
3.5 % of zone active

27 new recoveries

0 new deaths
The last Covid-related death in Cypress County was reported on Oct. 4, 2021.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 15 on Sept. 16 of the fourth wave, and 5 in the third.

Active case highs are 124 reported on Sept. 22 of the fourth wave, and 35 in the third.


803 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 3.8 % of the local population and 3.8 % of the zone total.

739 have recovered, for a rate of 92.0 %.

6 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 0.7 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Eagle Butte High School in Dunmore
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Irvine School in Irvine
Alert 2 to 4 cases


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

73.8 % partially vaccinated
63.3 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
83.5 % partially vaccinated
80.0 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
83.8 % partially vaccinated
79.3 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
77.4 % partially vaccinated
67.6 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
65.4 % partially vaccinated
52.0 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
62.4 % partially vaccinated
45.5 % fully vaccinated



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Medicine Hat

75 new cases

390 active cases
487 last reported
23.5 % of zone active

169 new recoveries

3 new deaths
Eight of 33 Covid-related deaths reported today are in the south zone, affecting Cardston County, Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, Brooks and Medicine Hat. The deceased are a female in her 60s and seven males – four in their 80s, two in their 70s and one in his 60s. Condolences are extended to family members and friends.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 85 on Aug. 10 of the fourth wave, and 24 in the third.

Active case highs are 696 reported on Sept. 26 of the fourth wave, and 35 in the third.


4,216 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 6.2 % of the local population and 20.1 % of the zone total.

3,759 have recovered, for a rate of 89.2 %.

67 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 1.6 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital – One unit since Sept. 20, involving three patients and six healthcare workers.

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital – One unit since Sept. 28, involving five patients.

Chinook Village

Good Samaritan Society South Ridge Village in Medicine Hat – since Sept. 6

South Country Village in Medicine Hat

Chinook Village in Medicine Hat

Cypress View Foundation in Medicine Hat – since Aug. 31

River Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat

The Wellington in Medicine Hat – since Oct. 8

Nature's Way Learning Centre in Medicine Hat – since Sept. 16

Salvation Army Shelter in Medicine Hat – since Sept. 14

Alexandra School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Crescent Heights High School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Dr. Ken Sauer School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

George Davison Elementary School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Medicine Hat Christian School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Medicine Hat High School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

Notre Dame Academy
Alert 2 to 4 cases

River Heights Elementary
Alert 5 to 9 cases

Ross Glen School
Alert 2 to 4 cases

St. Louis School
Alert 2 to 4 cases


Medicine Hat walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines available at Higdon Hall
055 21 Ave. SE

Oct. 18, 21, 26, 28, 29, 30 – 12 to 3:30 p.m., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 13, Nov. 1, 3, 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

81.7 % partially vaccinated
71.9 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
92.9 % partially vaccinated
90.2 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
91.8 % partially vaccinated
87.7 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
81.5 % partially vaccinated
72.0 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
72.7 % partially vaccinated
58.5 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
74.6 % partially vaccinated
59.4 % fully vaccinated



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Oyen Area

2 new cases

22 active cases
26 last reported
1.3 % of zone active

6 new recoveries

0 new deaths
The last Covid-related death in the Oyen area was reported on Sept. 26, 2021.

The highest number of new cases reported in a single day was 6 on Sept 23 and Oct. 6 of the fourth wave, and 7 in the third.

Active case highs are 32 reported on 44472 of the fourth wave, and 22 in the third.


180 cases have been confirmed since March 2020, which is 5.1 % of the local population and 1,011.0 % of the zone total.

154 have recovered, for a rate of 85.6 %.

4 deaths have been linked to Covid-19, for a 2.2 % mortality rate.


Public and school outbreaks:

Hanna Health Centre Facility Living in Hanna – since Sept. 14


Oyen walk-in vaccination clinics:

Pfizer vaccine available at the community health office
315 3 Avenue E

Oct. 23 and Nov. 16 – 9 to 11:30 a.m., 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 12, 23, Nov. 3 and 16 – 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Community vaccination status:

Percentages are based on the number of vaccine-eligible residents aged 12 and over.

69.5 % partially vaccinated
58.9 % fully vaccinated

75+ years
87.5 % partially vaccinated
83.9 % fully vaccinated

60 to 74 years
83.6 % partially vaccinated
78.0 % fully vaccinated

40 to 59 years
68.0 % partially vaccinated
56.2 % fully vaccinated

20 to 39 years
56.7 % partially vaccinated
42.6 % fully vaccinated

12 to 19 years
52.5 % partially vaccinated
36.0 % fully vaccinated

The Oyen area includes Special Area 3, the east section of Special Area 2 and the MD of Acadia.



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Statistics in this post are current as of Oct. 8 to 11 and were updated Oct. 12, 2021

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