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Just 8 active cases of COVID-19 in all of Central Alberta – Update May 19

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Information from covid19stats.alberta.ca

Now that the province is beginning to open up the economy again it’s expected we’ll soon see a growth in COVID-19 cases throughout the province.  At this point though the numbers are certainly at a low point.  It’s been a full week since any new cases have been identified in the City of Red Deer.   There has yet to be a single case of COVID-19 in Flagstaff and Starland Counties, as well as the Counties of Wetaskiwin and Paintearth.  The Rural Municipality of Provost is also yet to see it’s first case.

Here’s the Central Alberta breakdown.  Locations are listed by the number of ‘active’ cases in each region.

  • Red Deer City – 37 cases – 2 active
  • Red Deer County – 16 cases – 2 active
  • Mountain View County – 9 cases – 2 active
  • Kneehill County – 4 cases – 1 active
  • Ponoka County – 3 cases – 1 active
  • Wetaskiwin City – 8 cases – 0 active
  • Vermilion River County – 6 cases – 0 active
  • Stettler County – 3 cases – 0 active
  • Lacombe County – 3 cases – 0 active
  • Camrose City – 2 cases – 1 death – 0 active
  • Lacombe City – 2 cases – 0 active
  • Beaver County – 2 cases – 0 active
  • Clearwater County – 2 cases – 0 active
  • City of Lloydminster – 1 case – 0 active
  • Camrose County – 1 case – 0 active
  • Minburn County – 1 case – 0 active
  • MD of Wainwright – 1 case – 0 active

The “day and case status” graph below shows just how quickly the situation is changing in Alberta.  Back on May 3 there was an equal number of active and recovered cases.  Just over 2 weeks later there are 5,584 recovered cases and 1,004 active cases.  That’s the least number of active cases since April 16.

Central Alberta continues to be the least affected region in the province.  Here are the numbers from each zone.

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Alberta First Nation monitors hundreds for COVID-19 as it announces curfew

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SIKSIKA NATION, Alta. — A First Nation in southern Alberta has implemented a curfew as its health workers monitor more than 200 people for signs they may have developed COVID-19.

Siksika Nation Chief Ouray Crowfoot said in video messages posted on Facebook that as of Thursday there were 21 known COVID-19 positive cases with links to the community west of Calgary, and that five separate and unrelated case clusters had been uncovered in the previous 12 days.

Crowfoot said that as of Wednesday, 258 Siksika Nation members were under “active investigation and daily followup” by the community’s health services team — a number he said had quadrupled in only three days.

On Friday, councillors approved a temporary curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, with exceptions that Crowfoot said can be made on an as-needed basis for work or other reasons.

Crowfoot encouraged Siksika Nation members to co-operate with health officials if they call, and to avoid non-essential travel to nearby cities. 

He said the risk of community transmission is high and that each new case cluster makes it even harder to contact trace and isolate people fast enough.

“We realize you have freedom of choice but we don’t have freedom of consequence. If we choose not to follow these guidelines, the consequence may be that we contract the virus and spread the virus further through our community,” Crowfoot warned in a video message posted Thursday.

In a message posted Friday, Crowfoot said his community had met meeting with federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller and Alberta Indigenous Affairs Minister Rick Wilson to address shortfalls in resources for dealing with the pandemic.

Crowfoot said the community’s annual Sun Dance ceremony was continuing, but that each participant was being tested prior to entering and that health workers were screening people as they came and went.

“It is understandable that people may feel anxious regarding this current situation, but if we continue to stay vigilant to the public health measures and do our best to limit travel and to avoid gatherings we have a chance to slow down the spread on our nation and also give our health team a chance to do their job,” Crowfoot said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 4, 2020

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Attendance for Alberta MPs at special COVID-19 committee since the end of May

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EDMONTON — The average attendance for Alberta’s Conservative MPs for a special COVID-19 committee, which has acted as a stand-in for the chamber, was about 42 per cent from May 27 to June 18.

The only other Alberta MP, Edmonton Strathcona NDP member Heather McPherson, attended all 14 meetings. She says she’s shocked by the low attendance of her colleagues.

Here’s the attendance for the province’s 33 Conservative MPs:

— Edmonton Manning MP Ziad Aboultaif: 4 of 14 (29 per cent)

— Foothills MP John Barlow: 6 of 14 (43 per cent)

— Calgary Heritage MP Bob Benzen: 0 of 14

— Red Deer-Lacombe MP Blaine Calkins: 9 of 14 (64 per cent)

— St. Albert-Edmonton MP Michael Cooper: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Edmonton Centre MP James Cumming: 13 of 14 (93 per cent)

— Edmonton Greisbach MP Kerry Diotte: 5 of 14 (36 per cent)

— Red Deer-Mountain View MP Earl Dreeshen: 10 of 14 (71 per cent)

— Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan MP Garnett Genuis: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Calgary Forest Lawn MP Jasraj Singh Hallan: 6 of 14 (43 per cent)

— Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder: 7 of 14 (50 per cent)

— Edmonton Riverbend MP Matt Jeneroux: 0 of 14

— Calgary Rocky Ridge MP Pat Kelly: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Calgary Shepard MP Tom Kmiec: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Battle River-Crowfoot MP Damien Kurek: 13 of 14 (93 per cent)

— Calgary Midnapore MP Stephanie Kusie: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Edmonton-Wetaskawin MP Mike Lake: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Calgary Signal Hill MP Ron Liepert: 0 of 14

— Sturgeon River-Parkland MP Dane Lloyd: 3 of 14 (21 per cent)

— Edmonton West MP Kelly McCauley: 9 of 14 (64 per cent)

— Calgary Centre MP Greg McLean: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner MP Glen Motz: 13 of 14 (93 per cent)

— Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Banff-Airdrie MP Blake Richards: 3 of 14 (21 per cent)

— Calgary Skyview MP Jag Sahota: 5 of 14 (36 per cent)

— Bow River MP Martin Shields: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Yellowhead MP Gerald Soroka: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Lakeland MP Shannon Stubbs: 12 of 14 (86 per cent)

— Edmonton Mill Woods MP Tim Uppal: 4 of 14 (29 per cent)

— Peace River-Westlock MP Arnold Viersen: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Grande Praire-Mackenzie MP Chris Warkentin: 2 of 14 (14 per cent)

— Calgary Confederation MP Len Webber: 0 of 14

— Fort McMurray-Cold Lake MP David Yurdiga: 10 of 14 (71 per cent)

Source: Minutes for the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, House of Commons

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