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South zone reports fewer new Covid-19 cases and slight drop in positivity

Thursday, 12 May 2022. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

South zone reports fewer new Covid-19 cases and slight drop in positivity
South zone reports fewer new Covid-19 cases and slight drop in positivity
 

Jason Copping, Alberta's Minister of Health, said in a press conference Wednesday that signs of Covid-19 transmission is decreasing continue, with almost all wastewater sites trending down and a slightly lower positivity rate for the province.
 
The Pincher Creek area reported 18 new lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 last week and Crowsnest Pass added 11.

On a per-capita basis, this puts the Pincher Creek area at the highest number of new cases in the south zone for May 3 to 9, while Crowsnest Pass is second.
 
Brooks and the Oyen area were the only southern regions to see the number of new cases increase over last week.
 
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, reported that two Alberta children have acquired acute hepatitis, a suspected complication of Covid-19 in very young children.

She said one has been treated, discharged from hospital and is doing well, while the other remains in hospital undergoing treatment.
 
"It is important to remember that the definition for possible cases is very broad, which means that any child with severe liver inflammation for whom a cause is not found is being counted," she said. It can take time to determine if there is a known cause.

"I'd like to make it clear to parents that this reporting does not necessarily mean there is an elevated risk in the community, or that you should take different steps if your children are sick. If there is an infectious cause of these hepatitis cases, precautions like regular hand washing and staying away from anyone who is ill will be helpful."
 
These precautions are also relevant in respect to influenza, which is seeing a late-season rise in cases.

Last year there were no confirmed cases of influenza in Alberta, and Dr. Hinshaw said there have now been three deaths due to influenza this year.
 
"The timing of the influenza season is later than normal, likely because the protective measures that were in place for COVID throughout the winter were extremely effective at stopping the spread of influenza," she said.

"As influenza infections are now rising, simple actions such as keeping our hands clean and staying home when feeling unwell continue to be important in protecting ourselves and others from many contagious illnesses."
 
With regard to vaccinations, Dr. Hinshaw said there is evidence that more than one dose is required to maintain a high level of protection over time against Covid-19, as is the case with influenza, tetanus and pertussis.
 
In the past four months, unvaccinated Albertans between the ages of 60 and 79 were more than 17 times more likely to be admitted to hospital due to Covid than those with three doses of vaccine.

Further, these individuals were about 25 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU compared to those with three doses.
 
Alberta tallied 4,379 new lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19 from May 3 to 9 — 1,184 less than in the last reporting period.
 
294 of those were in the south zone, where fewer new cases were reported this week over last.
 
Positivity rates dropped slightly in both the zone and the province, but the south zone numbers remain above the provincial average.
 
Provincial hospitalizations decreased by 42 over the previous week and ICU admissions decreased by nine. Hospitalizations in the south zone are up three and ICU admissions down three.
 
Four of 70 Covid-related deaths reported for the week were in the south, affecting Cardston County Lethbridge, Lethbridge County and Cypress County.
 
The next Covid-19 update will be available on Wednesday, May 18.
 
 
 
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This update provides data from May 3 to 9, 2022
 
 
4,379 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta through PCR testing. This brings the total number to 575,185 .
 
This is 1,184 fewer new cases than reported in the previous week.
 
Data included throughout this update includes only cases confirmed through lab testing. Probable cases and those confirmed through home rapid tests are unknown and are not included.
 
 
South Zone — 294 new cases
106 fewer than last reported
Pandemic total is 37,455
 
Calgary Zone — 1,916 new cases
12 fewer than last reported
Pandemic total is 231,932
 
Edmonton Zone — 1,443 new cases
10 fewer than last reported
Pandemic total is 184,430
 
Central Zone — 402 new cases
20 fewer than last reported
Pandemic total is 58,624
 
North Zone — 350 new cases
65 fewer than last reported
Pandemic total is 62,546
 
Unknown Zone — -22
 
 
 
2,713 of the newly confirmed cases were women and 1,670 were men.
 
 
 
New cases by age:
 
under one year – 60
 
1 to 4 years – 120
 
5 to 9 years – 66
 
10 to 19 years – 135
 
20 to 29 years – 457
 
30 to 39 years – 639
 
40 to 49 years – 635
 
50 to 59 years – 562
 
60 to 69 years – 504
 
70 to 79 years – 397
 
80+ years – 804
 
Unknown age – 0
 
 
 
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Breakdown of the 294 new cases confirmed in the south zone.
 
Pincher Creek area — 18 new cases
2 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 1,293
 
Crowsnest Pass — 11 new cases
17 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 409
 
Fort Macleod — 7 new cases
3 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 867
 
Cardston County — 14 new cases
5 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 2,786
 
Waterton — 0 new cases
0 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 8
 
Lethbridge — 123 new cases
49 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 13,013
 
Lethbridge County — 14 new cases
9 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 2,836
 
County of Warner — 7 new cases
5 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 1,163
 
MD of Taber — 15 new cases
2 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 1,728
 
Brooks — 19 new cases
4 more new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 2,722
 
County of Newell — 1 new case
2 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 679
 
County of Forty Mile — 1 new case
2 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 447
 
Cypress County — 6 new cases
2 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 1,251
 
Medicine Hat — 56 new cases
15 fewer new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 7,856
 
Oyen area — 4 new cases
3 more new cases than previous week
Pandemic total is 267
 
 
 
The Pincher Creek area currently has the highest rate of new confirmed cases per capita in the south zone and sixth highest in Alberta.

Crowsnest Pass has the second-highest rate in the zone and Lethbridge third. Crowsnest Pass had the highest rate in the province in the last update and now sits tenth.
 
 
 
New cases per 100,000 population:
 
Pincher Creek area – 216
 
Crowsnest Pass – 175
 
Fort Macleod – 104
 
Cardston County – 85
 
Waterton – 0
 
Lethbridge – 122
 
Lethbridge County – 55
 
County of Warner – 63
 
MD of Taber – 79
 
Brooks – 98
 
County of Newell – 13
 
County of Forty Mile – 16
 
Cypress County – 53
 
Medicine Hat – 82
 
Oyen area – 115
 
 
 
See detailed south-zone community information further down in this post.
 
 
 
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Alberta's average positivity rate from May 3 to 9 was 20.7 per cent among 21,906 PCR tests.
 
This is a decrease of 2.3 per cent since last reported.
 
The low was 16.8 and the high was 26.1 per cent.
 
 
 
Positivity in the south zone averaged 25.9 per cent among 1,248 lab tests.
 
This is a decrease of 1.5 per cent since last reported.
 
The low was 19.4 and the high was 38.2 per cent.
 
 
 
Alberta Health lists outbreaks in the following south zone locations:
 
Pincher Creek area – Whispering Winds Village
 
Crowsnest Pass – York Creek Lodge
 
Fort Macleod – Extendicare
 
Cardston County – Good Samaritan Society Lee Crest in Cardston
 
Lethbridge – Legacy Lodge, St. Michael's Health Centre (LTC), Adaptacare, Columbia Assisted Living, #REF! Garden View Lodge,
 
Lethbridge County – None reported
 
County of Warner – Good Samaritan Prairie Ridge in Raymond
 
MD of Taber – Good Samaritan Linden View Lodge in Taber
 
Brooks – Brooks Health Care Centre, Newbrook Lodge
 
County of Newell – None reported
 
County of Forty Mile – Bow Island Health Centre LTC,
 
Cypress County – None reported
 
Medicine Hat – Riverview Care Centre, Cypress View Foundation, Masterpiece Southland Meadows, Meadowlands, Medicine Hat Remand Centre
 
Oyen area – None reported
 
 
 
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As of April 18, 1,225 Albertans were hospitalized, a decrease of 42 over last week.
 
South Zone — 83 hospitalized
Increase of 3
 
Calgary Zone — 454 hospitalized
Decrease of 12
 
Edmonton Zone — 413 hospitalized
Decrease of 10
 
Central Zone — 157 hospitalized
Decrease of 20
 
North Zone — 118 hospitalized
Decrease of 3
 
 
 
Provincial hospitalization increases by age:
 
under one year – 8
 
1 to 4 years – 14
 
5 to 9 years – 7
 
10 to 19 years – 10
 
20 to 29 years – 20
 
30 to 39 years – 33
 
40 to 49 years – 18
 
50 to 59 years – 38
 
60 to 69 years – 79
 
70 to 79 years – 99
 
80+ years – 164
 
Unknown age – 0
 
 
 
Vaccination status among those currently hospitalized:
 
19.6% are unvaccinated
 
3.6% have received one dose
 
27.4% have had two doses
 
49.5% have taken three doses
 
 
 
Of 350 non-ICU admissions, 35% per cent were primary Covid admissions, 29% per cent had Covid as a contributing factor, 32% per cent were incidental and 4% per cent were undetermined.
 
Of 29 ICU admissions 41% per cent were primary Covid admissions, 38% per cent had Covid as a contributing factor, 21% per cent were incidental and 0% per cent were undetermined.
 
 
 
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Of Albertans currently hospitalized, 37 are in ICU, a decrease of 9 over last week.
 
South Zone — 3 people in ICU
Decrease of 3
 
Calgary Zone — 16 people in ICU
Increase of 3
 
Edmonton Zone — 14 people in ICU
Decrease of 7
 
Central Zone — 3 people in ICU
Decrease of 1
 
North Zone — 1 person in ICU
Decrease of 1
 
 
 
Provincial ICU admission increases by age:
 
under one year – 1
 
1 to 4 years – 1
 
5 to 9 years – 0
 
10 to 19 years – 1
 
20 to 29 years – 1
 
30 to 39 years – 3
 
40 to 49 years – 5
 
50 to 59 years – 2
 
60 to 69 years – 17
 
70 to 79 years – 11
 
80+ years – 1
 
Unknown age – 0
 
 
 
Vaccination status among those currently being treated in ICU:
 
24.3% are unvaccinated
 
75.7% are vaccinated
 
 
 
In the past 120 days, 945 people have been admitted to ICU for care.
 
43% were unvaccinated and 57% had received at least one dose of vaccine.
 
At least 78% had pre-existing conditions (among both the unvaccinated and vaccinated).
 
 
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70 new Covid-related deaths were reported in Alberta, bringing the provincial total to 4,391 .
 
South Zone — 4 new deaths
Pandemic total of 390
 
Calgary Zone — 19 new deaths
Pandemic total of 1,204
 
Edmonton Zone — 26 new deaths
Pandemic total of 1,699
 
Central Zone — 13 new deaths
Pandemic total of 567
 
North Zone — 8 new deaths
Pandemic total of 531
 
 
 
Breakdown of south zone deaths:
 
Pincher Creek area
0 new deaths
14 pandemic total
 
Crowsnest Pass
0 new deaths
4 pandemic total
 
Fort Macleod
0 new deaths
8 pandemic total
 
Cardston County
1 new death
48 pandemic total
 
Waterton
0 new deaths
0 pandemic total
 
Lethbridge
1 new death
106 pandemic total
 
Lethbridge County
1 new death
24 pandemic total
 
County of Warner
0 new deaths
9 pandemic total
 
MD of Taber
0 new deaths
19 pandemic total
 
Brooks
0 new deaths
33 pandemic total
 
County of Newell
0 new deaths
10 pandemic total
 
County of Forty Mile
0 new deaths
5 pandemic total
 
Cypress County
1 new death
7 pandemic total
 
Medicine Hat
0 new deaths
97 pandemic total
 
Oyen area
0 new deaths
4 pandemic total
 
 
 
Ages of the deceased Albertans in this seven-day reporting period:
 
under one year – 0
 
1 to 4 years – 0
 
5 to 9 years – 0
 
10 to 19 years – 0
 
20 to 29 years – 0
 
30 to 39 years – 0
 
40 to 49 years – 2
 
50 to 59 years – 3
 
60 to 69 years – 6
 
70 to 79 years – 16
 
80+ years – 43
 
Unknown age – 0
 
 
 
In the past 120 days, 1,039 Alberta deaths have been attributed to Covid-19.
 
26% of the deceased were unvaccinated and 74% had received at least one dose of vaccine.
 
At least 92% had pre-existing conditions (among both the unvaccinated and vaccinated).
 
 
 
Ages of the deceased since March 2020
 
under one year – 0
 
1 to 4 years – 1
 
5 to 9 years – 2
 
10 to 19 years – 2
 
20 to 29 years – 21
 
30 to 39 years – 49
 
40 to 49 years – 104
 
50 to 59 years – 276
 
60 to 69 years – 607
 
70 to 79 years – 1,019
 
80+ years – 2,309
 
Unknown age – 1
 
Total – 4391
 
 
 
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8,772,287 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been given in Alberta, an increase of 30,666 since the last update.
 
1,906 were first doses, 2,375 were second doses, 5,964 were third doses and 20,421 were fourth doses.
 
90 per cent of Albertans over the age of 12, and 81 per cent of the total population, have received one dose of vaccine.
 
87 per cent of Albertans over the age of 12, and 77 per cent of the total population, have taken two doses of vaccine.
 
44 per cent of Albertans over the age of 12, and 38 per cent of the total population, have had three doses of vaccine.
 
3.2 per cent of Albertans over the age of 12, and 2.7 per cent of the total population, have received four doses of vaccine.
 
There have been 2,685 adverse reactions to immunizations, about 3 in 10,000.
 
 
 
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Pincher Creek area – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
18 new cases
Decrease of 2 since last update
 
215.7 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
1,293 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 15.5 per cent of the local population and 3.5 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 146 on Jan. 27, 2022.
 
The virus has had a 1.1% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on March 15, 2022.
 
 
 
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Crowsnest Pass – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
11 new cases
Decrease of 17 since last update
 
175.2 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
409 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 4.9 per cent of the local population and 1.1 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 50 on Jan. 18, 2022.
 
The virus has had a 1.0% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on April 25, 2022.
 
 
 
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Fort Macleod – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
7 new cases
Decrease of 3 since last update
 
103.7 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
867 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 12.7 per cent of the local population and 2.3 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 84 on May 6, 7, 9, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 0.9% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on Feb. 21, 2022.
 
 
 
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Cardston County – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
14 new cases
Decrease of 5 since last update
 
85.2 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
1 new death
 
Pandemic notes:
 
2,786 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 17.0 per cent of the local population and 7.4 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 196 on Jan. 17 & 31, 2022.
 
The virus has had a 1.7% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on May 9, 2022.
 
 
 
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Waterton (ID No. 5) May 3 to 9, 2022
 
0 new cases
No change since last update
 
0.0 new cases per 100,000 population ( no change since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
8 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 4.9 per cent of the local population and 0.02 per cent of the zone total.
 
The virus has had a 0.0% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on 0
 
 
 
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Lethbridge – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
123 new cases
Decrease of 49 since last update
 
122.2 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
1 new death
 
Pandemic notes:
 
13,013 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 12.9 per cent of the local population and 34.7 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 1,363 on Jan. 18, 2022.
 
The virus has had a 0.8% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on May 9, 2022.
 
 
 
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Lethbridge County – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
14 new cases
Decrease of 9 since last update
 
54.5 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
1 new death
 
Pandemic notes:
 
2,836 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 11.0 per cent of the local population and 7.6 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 187 on May 13, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 0.8% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on May 9, 2022.
 
 
 
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County of Warner – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
7 new cases
Decrease of 5 since last update
 
63.0 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
1,163 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 10.5 per cent of the local population and 3.1 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 130 on May 7, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 0.8% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on April 25, 2022.
 
 
 
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MD of Taber – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
15 new cases
Decrease of 2 since last update
 
78.8 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
1,728 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 9.1 per cent of the local population and 4.6 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 210 on Sept. 20, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 1.1% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on March 2, 2022.
 
 
 
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Brooks – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
19 new cases
Increase of 4 since last update
 
97.5 new cases per 100,000 population ( increase since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
2,722 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 14.0 per cent of the local population and 7.3 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 217 on Jan. 18, 2022.
 
The virus has had a 1.2% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on April 25, 2022.
 
 
 
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County of Newell – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
1 new case
Decrease of 2 since last update
 
12.5 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
679 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 8.5 per cent of the local population and 1.8 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 50 on Sept. 30. 2021.
 
The virus has had a 1.5% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on May 2, 2022.
 
 
 
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County of Forty Mile – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
1 new case
Decrease of 2 since last update
 
16 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
447 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 7.0 per cent of the local population and 1.2 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 79 on Sept. 30, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 1.1% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on Sept. 27, 2021.
 
 
 
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Cypress Country – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
6 new cases
Decrease of 2 since last update
 
53 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
1 new death
 
Pandemic notes:
 
1,251 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 11.1 per cent of the local population and 3.3 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 124 on Sept. 22, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 0.6% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on May 9, 2022.
 
 
 
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Medicine Hat – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
56 new cases
Decrease of 15 since last update
 
82 new cases per 100,000 population ( decrease since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
7,856 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 11.5 per cent of the local population and 21.0 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 696 on Sept. 26, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 1.2% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on April 25, 2022.
 
 
 
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Oyen area – May 3 to 9, 2022
 
4 new cases
Increase of 3 since last update
 
115 new cases per 100,000 population ( increase since last update )
 
0 new deaths
 
Pandemic notes:
 
267 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed through PCR testing, which is 7.6 per cent of the local population and 0.7 per cent of the zone total.
 
The highest of active cases in the first five waves was 32 on Oct. 3, 2021.
 
The virus has had a 1.5% mortality rate, with the last Covid-related death in the community reported on Sept. 26, 2021.
 
 
 
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Statistics in this post are current as of May 3 to 9, 2022 and were updated May. 11, 2022
 
This Covid-19 update provides details for Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass and all communities in the south zone, and more general information for other zones and Alberta as a whole.
 
Updates are provided every day that Alberta Health releases new data, which is currently weekly on Wednesdays. The goal of our posts is to provide all of the detailed information in an easy-to-understand format and all in one place. Thank you for supporting our advertisers and for choosing Shootin' the Breeze as an information source.
 
The zone of current hospitalization and current ICU admission are based on a patient's location of hospitalization, not the zone of patient residence. For example, a Pincher Creek resident hospitalized in Calgary is categorized as an active case in the Pincher Creek region, and their hospitalization statistic will show in the Calgary zone.
 
Alberta Health shares information regarding deaths as soon as it is available. There can be delays in death reporting to Alberta Health or in post-mortem confirmation of a death having Covid-19 as a contributing cause. The number reported on any given day is typically a total from multiple days.
 
 
 
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