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Taber added to south zone areas under “watch” status

Wednesday, 28 October 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Taber added to south zone areas under “watch” status

Taber added to south zone areas
under “watch” status

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

In total, 26,565 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Alberta. Today’s update includes 410 new cases confirmed from 10,631 tests conducted for a provincial positivity rate of about 3.9 per cent.

Pincher Creek region remains free of the virus and there is one active case in Crowsnest Pass.

There have been 351 recoveries since the last report, for a provincial recovery rate of about 81 per cent — 21,459 have recovered so far from the virus.

The number of active cases in Alberta has increased by 55 since yesterday to 4,793. 

To date, there have been 313 Covid-19 related deaths in Alberta. Four new deaths were reported today.

There are 125 people hospitalized, with 19 admitted to intensive care. 

Outbreaks with two or more confirmed cases in individuals who have been present at a school in the past 14 days, are reported at 109 Alberta schools. Forty-three are under “watch” status (five or more cases), while the others all have “open” status.

Five south zone schools are on the outbreak list. 

Four are in Lethbridge — St. Teresa of Calcutta School, Ecole La Verendrye, St. Francis Junior High School and Ecole St. Mary School. 

The fifth, W.R. Myers High School is in the Municipal District of Taber.

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. 

South Zone Information – 2,310 total cases  

256 active, 20 new, 18 recoveries

2,026 people (about 88 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from Covid-19. 

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

Five people are currently hospitalized with three in intensive care.

Eight outbreak sites have been identified in Lethbridge — Edith Cavell Care Centre, Columbia Assisted Living, Extendicare Fairmont Park, Lethbridge Family Services, Cavendish Farms, Children’s House Child Care Society, Meridian Manufacturing and New Life Pentacostal Church (Gospel Fire Evangelical). 

Lethbridge Coalhurst Good News Centre in Coalhurst and ROC Christian Ministries in Coaldale are also listed as public outbreak sites in the zone.

Today the MD of Taber joins the cities of Lethbridge and Brooks, and Lethbridge County under “watch” status.

The watch status is triggered when there are 10 active cases of Covid-19 and a value of 50 or more infections per 100,000 people.

The MD of Taber has 10 active cases in a population of 18,863, which works out to 53 per 100,000.

The City of Lethbridge has 157 active cases in a population of 98,987, which is equivalent to 158.6 per 100,000.

Lethbridge County has 24 active cases of Covid-19 in a population of 25,228, which equals 95.1 per 100,000. 

Brooks has 26 active cases in a population of 19,297, equating 134.7 cases per 100,000 population.

Nearby, the MD of Willow Creek now has a “watch” in place as well, where 16 active cases in a population of 16,427 works out to 97.4 per 100,000.

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

Community Breakdown for Wednesday, Oct. 28

Data is up-to-date as of midnight Oct. 27 

* Indicates a change in statistics since the last report 

Pincher Creek Region – 27 total
0 active, 25 recovered, 2 deaths

Crowsnest Pass – 3 total
1 active, 2 recovered

Fort Macleod – 34 total
1 active, 30 recovered, 3 deaths
* 1 new active

Cardston County/Kainai – 110 total
6 active, 99 recovered, 5 deaths
• 2 new active

I.D. Waterton – 0 

City of Lethbridge – 475 total
157 active, 315 recovered, 3 deaths
* 12 new active, 10 new recoveries

Lethbridge County – 134 total
24 active, 109 recovered, 1 death
* 2 new active, 2 new recoveries

County of Warner – 72 total
6 active, 65 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new active

MD of Taber – 54 total
10 active, 44 recovered
* 3 new active

City of Brooks – 1,164 total
26 active, 1,129 recovered, 9 deaths
* 4 new recoveries

County of Newell – 44 total
8 active, 34 recovered, 2 deaths
* 1 new recovery

County of Forty Mile – 46 total
3 active, 43 recovered
* 1 new recovery

Cypress County – 38 total
5 active, 33 recovered

Medicine Hat – 92 total
7 active, 83 recovered, 2 deaths

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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