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A Central Albertan is among 5 in the province to die from COVID this weekend. (April 5 update)


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Three additional deaths have been reported in the Calgary, Central and North zones. That is a total of 14 deaths in the Calgary zone, four in the Edmonton zone, four in the North zone, and one in the Central zone

Five Albertans have died so far this weekend bringing the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 23.  The province has 1,250 cases of COVID-19.

  • A total of 919 cases are laboratory confirmed, and 331 are probable cases (symptomatic close contacts of laboratory confirmed cases). Laboratory positivity rates remain consistent at two per cent.
  • Cases have been identified in all zones across the province:
    • 774 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 309 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 67 cases in the Central zone
    • 77 cases in the North zone
    • 20 cases in the South zone
    • Three cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 48 people in hospital, of which 13 have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Of the 1,250 total cases, 152 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 279 confirmed recovered cases.


As of Sunday, April 5 there are 67 cases in Central Alberta.

Altogether Red Deer has 26 cases of COVID-19.

  • Red Deer – East has 16
  • Red Deer – South West has 4
  • Red Deer – North West has 6

Here’s the breakdown in the Central Zone.

  • Red Deer – 26
  • Red Deer County – 13
  • Wetaskiwin County – 8
  • Lacombe – 3
  • Camrose & County – 3
  • Olds – 2
  • Vegreville / Windburn County – 2
  • Vermilion River County – 2
  • Tofield – 2
  • Innisfail – 1
  • Ponoka – 1
  • Stettler County – 1
  • Three Hills / Highway 21 – 1
  • Sundre – 1

There are still wide swaths of Central Alberta showing no cases so far.

We thought it would be interesting to compare Red Deer to other mid-size cities in Alberta.


  • Red Deer – 26
  • Saint Albert – 25
  • Leduc and Devon – 25
  • Sherwood Park – 17
  • Airdrie – 13
  • Medicine Hat – 9
  • Lethbridge – 6
  • Fort McMurray – 4
  • Grande Prairie – 2


Here are the total numbers for the province.  In recent days the percentage of cases in Central Alberta has dropped from 8 to 5.


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After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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With hail storms this size it’s a miracle no one was killed

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Monday, August 1st will be a day hundreds of Albertans will never forget.  The hail storm that devastated an area of Central Alberta resulted in a series of terrifying experiences for motorists on the QE II, especially around Antler Hill, just north of Innisfail. This is a map of the area most affected by the largest hail stones most have seen in their lifetimes.

Yes we’ve all heard people talk about “baseball” or “tennis ball” sized hail in the past.  In this case, those comparisons are simply too small!

Now you can imagine how terrifying it must have been to be caught driving on the QE II south of Red Deer and north of Innisfail during this storm on Monday, August 1st.  Here’s what that felt like, courtesy of Gibran Marquez as posted on the Facebook Page Alberta Storm Reports

This couple was remarkably calm considering the battering they were experiencing!


The immediate aftermath.


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ASIRT investigating Stettler incident after RCMP shoot and taser suspect who allegedly threatened woman with an axe

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News release from ASIRT (Alberta Serious Incident Response Team)

Investigation into Stettler RCMP officer-involved shooting causing injury continues

On July 24, the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) was directed to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred earlier that day.

At 10:14 p.m., the Stettler Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment received a report of a disturbance in the area of 58 Street and 50A Avenue. When officers arrived in the area, they were flagged down by a female who said she had been threatened by a man with an axe.

Officers located the man in a nearby alley and confronted him. During this time, one officer discharged his conducted energy weapon and another discharged his firearm, striking the man. Emergency Medical Services arrived and provided the man with medical care. He was then transported by STARS Air Ambulance to an Edmonton-area hospital, and released the next day.

Two weapons were recovered from the scene

Knife recovered from scene

ASIRT’s investigation will examine the circumstances surrounding the uses of force. No additional information will be released.

As part of its ongoing investigation, ASIRT is continuing efforts to identify people who may have observed the man or witnessed aspects of the confrontation between the man and police. ASIRT is asking anyone who may have been in the area and may have witnessed these events and/or may have video to contact investigators at 403-592-4306.

ASIRT’s mandate is to effectively, independently and objectively investigate incidents involving Alberta’s police that have resulted in serious injury or death to any person, as well as serious or sensitive allegations of police misconduct.

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