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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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Regulator lays charges against Tidewater Midstream for acidic water release

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CALGARY — The Alberta Energy Regulator has laid charges against Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. for a release of acidic water in west-central Alberta.

The regulator says the release occurred in Oct. 2019 at Tidewater’s Ram River sour gas processing plant near Rocky Mountain House. 

It says the acidic water flowed into a nearby creek.

Calgary-based Tidewater has been charged with 10 violations under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, including releasing a substance to the environment that caused or may have caused an adverse effect. 

The regulator also alleges that Tidewater failed to report the release of the acidic water as soon as possible, and failed to take all reasonable measures to repair and remedy the spill.

Tidewater is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 8 in Rocky Mountain House.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 21, 2021.

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Alberta's top doctor says COVID-19 cases receding but vigilance needed at Halloween

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EDMONTON — Alberta’s chief medical officer of health says COVID-19 case numbers in the province continue to recede.

But Dr. Deena Hinshaw cautions that the hospital situation remains precarious given the high number of patients.

And she says Albertans can’t afford to let up on health restrictions, particularly with Halloween coming up.

There were 770 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday for a new total of 10,434 active cases.

There were eight more deaths, bringing that total to 3,014.

Alberta Health Services says there are 912 people in hospital with COVID-19, and that 201 of them are in intensive care.

Alberta remains under gathering restrictions for indoor and outdoor events, and Hinshaw says it’s important to stick to those limits at Halloween.

Hinshaw urged those setting out candy for trick or treaters to not use bowls, but to set out the candy spaced apart on a surface like a blanket.

She says those who want to have a Halloween party should consider a small gathering of vaccinated people.

“This is not the year for large Halloween parties,” Hinshaw said.

“If you’re planning a Halloween gathering try to have it outdoors and make sure the limit of no more than 20 people is observed.”

Hinshaw noted that last Oct. 31 there were 5,600 active COVID-19 cases, about half the current total. There were 141 people in hospital with the illness a year ago.

Alberta continues to battle a fourth wave of the pandemic.

It has more than doubled the normal number of 173 critical care beds and has had to cancel thousands of non-urgent surgeries to handle the surge.

Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley says with winter coming and COVID-19 still circulating, the province needs to provide stable funding to social agencies for winter emergency shelters.

“All people deserve to live in dignity and have a safe place to call home,” said Notley. “These calls are urgent. It’s getting cold outside, and our northern winter will be here soon.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 21, 2021.

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