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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

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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
  • 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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Blue Bombers become first CFL team to earn playoff spot with 26-16 victory over Elks

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EDMONTON — Zach Collaros threw two touchdown passes as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Edmonton Elks 26-16 on Friday night to become the first CFL team to clinch a playoff berth.

Winnipeg (9-1) captured its seventh straight victory and improved to 7-0 within the West Division. Collaros finished 15-of-24 passing for 210 yards with an interception to remain the CFL’s passing leader (2,565 yards) but is also tops in TD passes with 15.

This marks the fifth straight season that Winnipeg, the defending Grey Cup champion, has made the playoffs.

Edmonton (2-7) suffered its fifth straight loss and dropped to 0-5 at home this season.

Edmonton’s defence forced a safety at 9:31 of the first quarter, then came up big five minutes later as Trumaine Washington intercepted Collaros in the end zone. The Bombers closed out the opening quarter with a 37-yard Ali Mourtada field goal.

The Elks responded with Sean Whyte’s 34-yard field goal at 11:22 of the second.

Winnipeg took the lead with three minutes left in the first half as a 47-yard completion to Kenny Lawler set up Collaros’s five-yard TD strike to Andrew Harris. But Harris appeared to suffer an injury to his right knee and did not return as Brady Oliveira finished up with 105 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Whyte kicked a 25-yard field cut Winnipeg’s half-time lead to 10-8.

Mourtada converted from 27 and a career-high 43 yards to start the third. Edmonton tied it 16-16 on Taylor Cornelius’s 11-yard TD toss to Shai Ross. Backup quarterback Dakota Prukop added the two-point convert.

Rookie Cornelius got the start as incumbent Trevor Harris was a healthy scratch.

Moments after Elks defender Aaron Grymes couldn’t hang on to an easy interception opportunity, Collaros hit Rasheed Bailey on a 48-yard completion before finding him on a five-yard scoring strike six minutes into the fourth.

Mourtada cemented the win with a 23-yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining.

Winnipeg hosts the B.C. Lions next Saturday while Edmonton has a bye week before returning home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Oct. 29.

NOTES: Harris being sidelined while healthy has led to speculation the Elks are actively shopping their veteran quarterback on the trade front… Lawler returned to the lineup after being suspended by Winnipeg for its last game for an impaired driving arrest… The actual attendance appeared to be far beneath the announced 24,276 fans.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 15, 2021.

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Medical examiner describes deaths of mother, toddler at Calgary murder trial

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CALGARY — A forensic pathologist has told a murder trial that a Calgary woman and her young daughter suffered blunt force trauma to their heads.

Jasmine Lovett and 22-month-old Aliyah Sanderson were reported missing in April 2019.

The next month, their bodies were found buried in a day use area in Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary.

Robert Leeming has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lovett but not guilty to second-degree murder in the child’s death.

Deputy medical examiner Dr. Akmal Coetzee-Khan described his findings through a series of autopsy photos.

He says Lovett appeared to have been moved after her death, judging from pooling of blood in her body.

She also had a black eye and bruising on her face.

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