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Central Albertans doing the best job per capita in the battle against COVID-19 – Updated COVID-19 stats (April 17)

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Information from covid19stats.alberta.ca

The number of COVID-19 cases in Central Alberta is up slightly to 78 after a number of days locked at 72 cases.  As you’ll see below this region is doing a good job of battling the spread of the Coronavirus.  There is a discrepancy of 1 case between the official number the province is reporting in Central Alberta, and the number of cases which are reported on the regional maps of Central Alberta.  Todayville is reporting the higher number until this is corrected on the province’s website.

Most of Central Alberta’s cases are in Red Deer and the surrounding Red Deer County.  In recent days one new case has been confirmed in Red Deer.  Of 33 total cases, just 10 are active meaning 23 people are considered recovered from their bout with COVID-19.

Across Central Alberta there are 78 cases.  The only fatality so far in Central Alberta was a woman in her 80’s from Camrose.  61 Central Albertans have recovered meaning there are just 16 active cases.  Again, 10 of those active cases are in Red Deer.  Here’s the Central Alberta breakdown.

  • Red Deer City – 33 cases – 10 Active – 23 Recovered
  • Red Deer County – 12 cases – 2 Active – 10 Recovered
  • Wetaskiwin City – 7 cases – All Recovered
  • Mountain View County – 5 cases – All Recovered
  • Lacombe County – 4 cases – All Recovered
  • Settler County – 4 cases – 3 Active – 1 Recovered
  • Lacombe City – 2 cases – 2 Recovered
  • Camrose City – 2 cases – 1 Recovered – 1 Death (Woman in her 80’s)
  • Beaver County – 2 cases – 2 Recovered
  • Camrose County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Windburn County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Vermilion River County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Ponoka County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Kneehill County – 1 case – Recovered
  • Clearwater County – 1 Case – Recovered
  • MD of Wainwright – 1 Case – Active

The province has created some graphs to help us understand which age groups have been most affected by COVID-19.  So far 40 to 49 year old Albertans have been hit the hardest with 500 cases in that age range.  The 30 to 39 year old age group is just behind with 456 cases and the 50 – 59 year old age group reports 370 cases.  Just 99 children under 10 years old have been confirmed with COVID-19.  Fatalities are hitting the older age groups the hardest.  8 people of the 119 confirmed COVID cases in their 70’s have died.  Of the 138 people in their 80’s who been confirmed with COVID-19, 33 have died.

The following graph shows only the most severe cases in the province, featuring the numbers and ages of people who’ve gone to hospital, who’ve been admitted to ICU, and those who have died.

This graph shows that Central Albertans have been the most fortunate so far.  With 77 cases, just 16 Central Albertans per 100,000 have been confirmed with COVID-19 up to April 17.  The Southern Alberta zone actually has fewer cases (68), but with fewer people, that zone reports 22 cases per 100,000 population.  Calgary is having the toughest go.  With 1673 cases reported as of April 17, the rate of cases per 100,000 people is just a hair under 100.

Here are the total numbers for the province.

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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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Suspect in Innisfail armed robbery spree turns himself in

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News Release from Innisfail RCMP

Innisfail RCMP respond to armed robberies – UPDATE 3 – suspect arrested

This past weekend, RCMP were kept busy responding to multiple complaints of armed robberies.  On Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at approximately 11:30 p.m., RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a business on 50 Street. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a balaclava and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded cash from a customer and from the store employee. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and fled on foot. Despite a thorough, coordinated search of the area, the suspect was not located.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 1:40 a.m., RCMP were dispatched to another report of a robbery from the same business. A suspect entered the business, disguised with a black face mask and carrying a weapon. The suspect demanded items from the same cashier. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and cigarettes. The suspect forced the cashier in to the back office, and the suspect attempted to destroy the video surveillance system. The suspect then fled on foot.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at 9:20 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a third robbery complaint at an address on 46A Street. A suspect armed with a weapon attempted to steal a vehicle from a victim but was unsuccessful. At 9:24 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a business on 42 Avenue for a similar complaint. The victim reported that a suspect who was carrying a weapon tried to steal the victim’s truck. When the suspect was unsuccessful, he fled the area on foot.

Police officers from Innisfail, Red Deer City, and Blackfalds RCMP detachments, as well as the RCMP Police Dog Services and the RCMP Emergency Response Team conducted an intensive search for the suspect.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., the suspect turned himself in to Innisfail RCMP and was arrested without incident.

Cyrus Jason Boysis (26) of Innisfail, Alta. has been charged several offences including:

  • Robbery with a firearm (x5)
  • Forcible confinement
  • Disguise with intent to commit an offence (x3)
  • Pointing a firearm (x3)
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (x5)
  • Mischief under $5000

After a judicial interim release hearing, Boysis was released to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on September 27, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

Innsifail RCMP believe this suspect was responsible for all four incidents. There is no further concern for public safety at this time. Innisfail RCMP’s General Investigation Section is continuing with the investigation.

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Shooting Update: Deceased had broken into home where shooting took place

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News Release from Blackfalds RCMP

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting – **UPDATE**

The RCMP Major Crime’s Unit is continuing with the investigation including examination of the scene with the RCMP Forensic Identification Services and interviewing witnesses. The initial investigation has indicated that the deceased broke into the residence and an altercation occurred with the homeowner. The homeowner was treated for injuries he sustained and has been released from the hospital.

The investigation is in the early stages. No charges have been laid at this time.  Further updates will be provided when further details can be shared.

Background:

August 2, 2021

Blackfalds RCMP investigate shooting

On August 2, 2021, at 3:11 p.m., Blackfalds RCMP received a complaint of a residential break and enter in progress off of C & E Trail in Red Deer County. Upon arrival, police discovered that the homeowner had sustained injuries and another male in the residence had sustained a gunshot wound. EMS attended and pronounced the male with the gunshot wound as deceased. The homeowner was transported to the hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

RCMP Major Crimes Unit has been called in and has taken over the investigation.

There is no ongoing danger to the public.

 

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