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Half of Red Deer COVID-19 cases recovered. Central Alberta COVID death occurred in Camrose (April 6 Update)

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Red Deer COVID-19 Map

Information from covid19stats.alberta.ca

On Monday, April 6 the province made some interesting changes and additions of the provincial COVID-19 stats website.

Red Deer is no longer separated into 3 quadrants.  But the report now indicates how many cases are active and how many are recovered.

Across Central Alberta there are 66 cases.

  • Red Deer City – 25 cases – 13 active – 12 recovered
  • Red Deer County – 13 cases – 11 active – 2 recovered
  • Wetaskiwin City – 7 cases – 3 active – 4 recovered
  • Mountain View County – 5 cases – 4 active – 1 recovered
  • Lacombe County – 4 cases – 1 active – 3 recovered
  • Lacombe City – 2 cases – 0 active – 2 recovered
  • Camrose City – 2 cases – 0 active – 1 recovered – 1 death
  • Beaver County – 2 cases – 2 active
  • Camrose County – 1 case – 1 recovered
  • Windburn County – 1 case – 1 recovered
  • Vermilion River County – 1 case – 1 recovered
  • Ponoka County – 1 case – 1 active
  • Stettler County – 1 case – 1 active
  • Kneehill County – 1 case – 1 active
  • Clearwater County – 1 case – 1 active

 

 

In this graph you can see that Central and Southern Alberta zones have been very fortunate in the amount of cases per 100,000

This graph makes it look like all the regions in Alberta “might” be flattening the curve.  Experts say it takes up to 5 days in a row to indicate this trend.  It currently looks promising.

This graph compares the age categories in both actual number of cases, and as a rate per 100,000 people in each category.

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

From the Province of Alberta

Latest updates

  • A total of 953 cases are laboratory confirmed and 395 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:
    • 817 cases in the Calgary zone
    • 351 cases in the Edmonton zone
    • 89 cases in the North zone
    • 66 cases in the Central zone
    • 22 cases in the South zone
    • Three cases in zones yet to be confirmed
  • Of these cases, there are currently 40 people in hospital, 16 of whom have been admitted to intensive care units (ICU).
  • Of the 1,348 total cases, 204 are suspected of being community acquired.
  • There are now a total of 361 confirmed recovered cases.
  • One additional death has been reported in the Calgary zone. There have been 15 deaths in the Calgary zone, four in the Edmonton zone, four in the North zone, and one in the Central zone.
  • Strong outbreak measures have been put in place at continuing care facilities. To date, 112 cases have been confirmed at these facilities.
  • There have been 64,183 people tested for COVID-19 and a total of 65,914 tests performed by the lab. There have been 821 tests completed in the last 24 hours.
  • Aggregate data, showing cases by age range and zone, as well as by local geographic areas, is available online at alberta.ca/covid19statistics.
  • All Albertans need to work together to help prevent the spread and overcome COVID-19.
  • Restrictions remain in place for all gatherings and close-contact businesses, dine-in restaurants and non-essential retail services. A full list of restrictions is available online.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced further restrictions for visitors to Alberta hospitals.
  • AHS has expanded its testing criteria for COVID-19 to include symptomatic individuals in the following roles or age groups:
    • Group home and shelter workers
    • First responders, including firefighters
    • Those involved in COVID-19 enforcement, including police, peace officers, bylaw officers, environmental health officers, and Fish and Wildlife officers
    • Correctional facility staff, working in either a provincial or federal facility
    • Starting April 7, individuals over the age of 65
  • Anyone among these groups is urged to use the AHS online assessment tool for health-care workers, enforcement and first responders.
  • Medical masks and respirators must be kept for health-care workers and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients. Those who choose to wear a non-medical face mask should:
    • continue to follow all other public health guidance (staying two metres away from others, wash hands regularly, stay home when sick)
    • wash their hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off (in addition to practising good hand hygiene while wearing it)
    • ensure it fits well (non-gaping)
    • not share it with others
    • avoid touching the mask while wearing it
    • change masks as soon they get damp or soiled
  • As Albertans look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend, they are being reminded to:
    • avoid gatherings outside of their immediate household
    • find ways to connect while being physically separated
    • worship in a way that does not put people at risk, including participating in virtual or live-streamed religious celebrations

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Fire investigators can't pin cause of fire at Edmonton-area seniors complex

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ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Fire investigators say they have been unable to figure out what caused a fire at an Edmonton-area retirement and long-term care complex last week.

Residents were forced to leave when the fire at the Citadel Mews West Continuing Care Facility in St. Albert broke out on May 6.

It destroyed part of the complex and three residents suffered smoke inhalation.

Investigators say the fire started on a ground-floor patio.

They say it spread from patio furniture to the underside of the deck above and from there up the siding into the building’s attic.

A damage estimate has yet to be made and investigators are still trying to determine what caused the blaze.

“This was a large and devastating fire where thankfully no one was seriously hurt,” St. Albert acting fire Chief Scott Wilde said Friday in a news release.

“If you live in a multi-family building, be aware of your building’s fire safety plan and practise your escape.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021.

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Alberta health agency obtains restraining order against Calgary mayoral candidate

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CALGARY — Alberta Health Services says it has obtained a restraining order against a Calgary mayoral candidate who the agency says has threatened health workers.

AHS says Kevin Johnston must stay at least 100 metres away from health officers and must not publish any threats or hate speech directed at them.

Johnston is running in this fall’s municipal election and has been a vocal supporter of anti-lockdown protests.

He appears regularly online where he promotes far-right ideology.

AHS says Johnston has been aggressive and threatening towards two particular health workers as well as to the general AHS workforce.

The agency says it wants to protect staff and ensure they feel supported.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021.

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