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South zone sees slight drop in active cases, one death

Tuesday, 17 November 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

South zone sees slight drop in active cases, one death

Slight drop in active cases,
one death today

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

Pincher Creek region adds a new case today while Crowsnest Pass holds steady.

Alberta Overview
Monday, Nov. 16 – 40,962 total cases
Data updated Tuesday, Nov. 17

773 new cases were reported in today’s update.

The number of tests conducted is not available, but Monday’s provincial positivity rate was seven per cent.

There are 10,068 active cases, an increase of 37 since yesterday.

731 recoveries brings the total to 30,462 for a recovery rate of about 74 per cent.

268 people are hospitalized with 57 admitted to intensive care.

Five new deaths were reported today, including one in the south zone.

432 Albertans have now died giving Covid-19 a mortality rate of about 1.1 per cent.

170 schools have outbreaks of two or more active cases including 64 on “watch” due to having five or more.

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Cases per 100,000 population and per cent of total cases:

Edmonton Zone – 1,086.2 (38%)

Calgary Zone – 1,052.7 (43%)

South Zone – 1,019.7 (8%)

North Zone – 604.2 (7%)

Central Zone – 331.2 (4%)

Cases reported Nov. 10 to 16:

33 – under one year

199 – 1 to 4 years

249 – 5 to 9 years

720 – 10 to 19 years

1,295 – 20 to 29 years

1,176 – 30 to 39 years

916 – 40 to 49 years

737 – 50 to 59 years

403 – 60 to 69 years

204 – 70 to 79 years

151 – 80+ years 

0 – unknown

Route of suspected acquisition for these cases:

305 – close contact of a case

376 – outbreak associated

0 – Travel

5,378 – UNKNOWN

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Many areas of the province are currently under “enhanced watch” status with additional mandatory and voluntary measures in place.

These extra precautions apply when there are a minimum of 10 active cases AND an equivalent of 50 or more active cases per 100,000. Areas with “enhanced” status and other specific urban centres are required to follow new mandatory restrictions.

South zone areas with “enhanced” status are Cardston County, Fort Macleod, City of Lethbridge, Lethbridge County, County of Warner, MD of Taber, County of Newell, City of Brooks, County of Forty Mile, City of Medicine Hat and Cypress County. 

Pincher Creek region, Crowsnest Pass, Waterton and Oyen are the south zone areas with “open” status at this time.

What does this mean for areas with “open” status?

Pincher Creek Region, Crowsnest Pass, Waterton and Oyen will not move to “enhanced” status unless they get to the point of having 10 active cases of Covid-19, even though the rate per 100,000 will pass 50 before then.

For example, Pincher Creek region currently has eight active cases, the equivalent of 96.4 per 100,000, which is above the trigger point of 50, but status for the area will only change if there are also 10 active cases.

Waterton and Oyen currently have no active cases and Crowsnest Pass has one. The scenario is the same for them, it will take an active-case count of 10 for status to change from “open” to “enhanced.

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Mandatory measures effective Nov. 13
For all Alberta communities and municipalities with “enhanced” status
Map is available at https://bit.ly/ABStatusMap

  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11. Applies to Class A, B, or C licences (in effect until Nov. 27)
  • 15-person limit on social and family gatherings — indoors and outdoors — where people are mixing and mingling
  • 50-person limit on indoor and outdoor wedding ceremonies and funeral services
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to ⅓ capacity at one time

Voluntary measures effective Nov. 13
For all Alberta communities and municipalities with “enhanced” status
Map is available at https://bit.ly/ABStatusMap

  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other businesses that are subject to legal limits and take steps to prevent transmission
  • Limit of three cohorts: your core household, your school and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend child care can be part of four cohorts
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place
  • Employers in office settings should implement measures to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time

Mandatory measures specific to urban centres
Includes Lethbridge in the south zone along with Calgary and area, Edmonton and area, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and Red Deer

  • Ban on indoor group fitness classes and team sport activities (in effect until Nov. 27)
  • Ban on group performance activities: singing, dancing and theatre (in effect until Nov. 27)

Further details are available at https://bit.ly/Nov13Enhanced

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South Zone Specifics
Monday, Nov. 16 – 3,149 total cases
Data updated Tuesday, Nov. 16

47 new cases were reported in today’s update.

Testing numbers remain unavailable as does the positivity rate specific to the zone.

There are 548 active cases, a decrease of eight since yesterday.

54 recoveries brings the total to 2,565, for a recovery rate of about 81 per cent.

19 people are hospitalized with five admitted to intensive care.

One new death was reported for the south zone today, a male in his 80s from the MD of Taber. His death was not related to any known outbreak.

36 residents have now died, giving Covid-19 a mortality rate of about 1.1 per cent for the zone.

Dr. Hinshaw said Monday that the acute care outbreak at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge was declared over on Nov. 14. It remains listed as an outbreak on the provincial government website but Alberta Health confirmed to us this afternoon that the outbreak is over and should be removed from the list with the next update on Friday.

There are 10 public outbreak sites across the zone, which are detailed below.

17 schools have outbreaks of two or more active cases including three on “watch” due to having five or more.

11 of 15 communities/regions under “enhanced” status. Additional public health measures and gathering restrictions are in place as noted above for these areas that have crossed the “watch” threshold.


Community Breakdown
Monday, Nov. 16
Data updated Tuesday, Nov. 17

* Indicates a change in statistics since the previous day’s report

Pincher Creek Region – 35 total
8 active, 25 recovered, 2 deaths
* 1 new active
96.4 per 100,000 – “open” status (less than 10 active cases)
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

Crowsnest Pass – 4 total
1 active, 3 recovered
15.8 per 100,000 – “open” status

Fort Macleod – 43 total
7 active, 33 recovered, 3 deaths
* 1 new recovery
MD of Willow Creek = 73.1 per 100,000 (12 active in MD) – under “enhanced watch”

Cardston County/Kainai – 135 total
22 active, 108 recovered, 5 deaths
* 1 new active
133.7 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”

I.D. Waterton – 0
0 per 100,000 – “open” status

City of Lethbridge – 782 total
174 active, 601 recovered, 7 deaths
* 25 new active, 19 new recoveries
175.8 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Public outbreak sites – Edith Cavell Care Centre, St. Michael’s Health Centre, Good Samaritan West Highland Centre, House of Cars (new today), private gathering and Top Hat Adult Entertainment.
School outbreaks (open) – Immanuel Christian Secondary School, Gilbert Paterson Middle School, Catholic Central High School, Wilson Middle School, General Stewart School, Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School and Chinook High School
School outbreak (watch) – Winston Churchill High School

Lethbridge County – 253 total
69 active, 183 recovered, 1 death
* 3 new active, 14 new recoveries
273.5 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
School outbreaks (open) – St. Catherine’s School in Picture Butte, Barons School in Barons and Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale

County of Warner – 85 total
11 active, 73 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new active
100.1 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch” 

MD of Taber –142 total
76 active, 65 recovered, 1 death
* 10 new active, 4 new recoveries, 1 new death
402.9 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
School outbreak (open) – Taber Christian School Alternative Program
School outbreak (watch) – W.R. Myers High School

City of Brooks – 1,236 total
32 active, 1,193 recovered, 11 deaths
* 1 new active, 6 new recoveries
165.8 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Public outbreak sites – Agecare Sunrise Gardens, private dayhome (new today) and Studio Elle
School outbreak (open) – Brooks Junior High School
School outbreak (watch) – Eastbrook Elementary School

County of Newell – 86 total
25 active, 59 recovered, 2 deaths
* 5 new recoveries
308.9 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
School outbreak (open) – Bassano School

County of Forty Mile – 88 total
30 active, 57 recovered, 1 death
* 3 new active, 4 new recoveries
465.6 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch” 

Cypress County – 87 total
40 active, 47 recovered
* 1 new active
356.6 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”

Medicine Hat – 154 total
51 active, 101 recovered, 2 deaths
* 2 new active, 1 new recovery
74.9 per 100,000 – under “enhanced watch”
Public outbreak site – private dayhome
School outbreaks (open) – Crestwood School and Medicine Hat High School

Oyen – 13 total
0 active, 13 recovered
* adjustment of -1 active
Special Areas 2 = 0 per 100,000 – “open” status

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There are currently high rates of in-home transmission, with family members infecting one another and simple steps can have a big impact:

  • If you are sick with even mild symptoms, take steps to protect those around you.
  • Isolate yourself in the house in a separate bedroom and use a different bathroom than family members if possible.
  • If unable to isolate yourself within the home, wear a mask and disinfect common surfaces.
  • Do not eat with family members, share utensils or food, or spend prolonged time in close contact with them.
  • Do not leave the house, even if symptoms are mild and even if you don’t want to miss an important family gathering.

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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.


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.


The Government of Alberta school outbreak map can be found at https://bit.ly/2FeS3FR

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. 

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).

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