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Active COVID cases in Red Deer dip below 300 – Update from Mike York


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The 5 day Covid report from AHS is as follows folks.
3 more deaths in the zone since last Wednesday. There was one in Ponoka county to bring the total in that area to 3. Also Sylvan Lake has had its first reported death to the virus. Red Deer has also added to its total fatalities and now has 4.
In the Central zone, there were an additional 562 cases reported over the last 5 days along with 466 recoveries. All of this resulted in a increase in the region’s active cases of 93. (total is now 1484) There are a total of 85 people in hospitals, (an increase of 6) of which 11 are in ICU.(an increase of 1)
In our city, somewhat more inspiring news.
We had 75 new cases recorded since December 23rd. But had an amazing 141 recoveries in that same span.
This has now resulted in our active cases in town going down to 291. The lowest its been since December 4th!
We have 36 people in our regional hospital, 11 of which are in the ICU.
Let’s keep this downward spiral of active cases moving.
Cheers people.

-Moved to Red Deer in the fall of 1972. -Worked with developmentally challenged at Michener Centre for 11 years. -Part of the business community for 30 years running restaurants, and courier services. -Father of 4 children -Currently work at Leon's Furniture in Red Deer (6 years)

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Surge in demand as more Alberta seniors eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

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CALGARY — Alberta Health Services says more than 12,000 seniors born in 1946 and earlier have booked appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations so far this morning.

Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, has said there are 230,000 Albertans in that age group and has urged those eager to get their shots to be patient as there will be hiccups along the way.

Shortly after bookings opened, several people on social media complained about the appointment website crashing and calls not going through to the province’s 811 Health Link line.

The Calgary Police Service told people via Twitter to exercise caution and not to call 911. 

The provincial health agency says additional staff are on hand to handle the surge in call volumes to 811. 

The agency is urging people not to call hospitals or clinics directly to book appointments, but notes work is underway to make vaccines available at pharmacies.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

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Alberta pastor charged with violating COVID-19 restrictions to make court appearance

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STONY PLAIN, Alta. — A pastor of an Edmonton-area church that has been allegedly holding Sunday services in violation of COVID-19 rules is to appear in court today.

James Coates with GraceLife Church in Spruce Grove was arrested last week.

RCMP have said he was remanded in custody after refusing to agree to bail conditions.

The church has been holding services that officials say break public health regulations on attendance, masking and distancing.

Police fined the church $1,200 in December and a closure order was issued in January.

Coates was twice charged in February with violating the Public Health Act and violating a promise to abide by rules of his release, which is a Criminal Code offence.

Coates has addressed the province’s health restrictions in his sermons, telling worshippers that governments exist as instruments of God and there should be unfettered freedom of worship.

An associate pastor of the church, Jacob Spenst, conducted last Sunday’s service and told the congregation that messages of support have been pouring in for the jailed pastor.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2021.

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