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South zone passes 2,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases

Wednesday, 14 October 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

South zone passes 2,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases

South zone passes 2,000
confirmed Covid-19 cases

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

In total, 21,199 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 243 new cases confirmed from 14,881 tests conducted. This is a provincial positivity rate of 1.6 per cent.

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

There were 168 recoveries for a provincial recovery rate of about 86 per cent — 18,223 have recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has increased by 74 to 2,689. 

To date, there have been 287 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta, with one new death reported today. There are 100 people hospitalized, with 14 in intensive care.

Eighty-nine 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. 

Ecole La Verendrye in Lethbridge was added to the school outbreak list today and is the only south-zone school with an outbreak.

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. 

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South Zone Information – 2,018 total cases  

177 active, 29 new, 11 recoveries

1,815 people (about 90 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.

Both the City of Lethbridge and Lethbridge County are under “watch” status.

The City has 112 active cases in a population of 98,987, which is equivalent to 113.1 per 100,000.

The County has 45 active cases of Covid-19 in a population of 25,228, which equals 178.4 per 100,000. 

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

Community Breakdown for Wednesday, Oct. 14

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

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report

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 – 296 total
112 active, 182 recovered, 2 deaths
* 22 new active, 11 new recoveries

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

MD of Taber – 44 total
0 active, 44 recovered

City of Brooks – 1,134 total
3 active, 1,122 recovered, 9 deaths
* adjustment of -1 active

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

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

Cypress County – 33 total
0 active, 33 recovered

Medicine Hat – 85 total
4 active, 79 recovered, 2 deaths
* 1 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.


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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