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With just 3 active cases, Red Deer among the most fortunate cities in Alberta


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This week saw six new cases of COVID-19 in Central Alberta.  With new cases in Red Deer (2), Wetaskiwin (1), Kneehill County (1), Clearwater County (1), and Vermilion River County (1) total cases in the Central Zone are up to 83.  People continue to recover bringing the number of active cases lower on a daily basis.

Of the 83 cases in Central Alberta, just 12 are active.  The only fatality so far in Central Alberta was a woman in her 80’s from Camrose.

Here’s the Central Alberta breakdown.

  • Red Deer City – 34 cases – 3 active
  • Stettler County – 4 cases – 2 active
  • Red Deer County – 12 cases – 1 active
  • Wetaskiwin City – 8 cases – 1 active
  • Vermilion River County – 2 cases – 1 active
  • Ponoka County 2 cases – 1 active
  • Kneehill County – 2 cases – 1 active
  • Clearwater County – 2 cases – 1 active
  • MD of Wainwright – 1 case – 1 active
  • Mountain View County – 5 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
  • Camrose County – 1 case – 0 active
  • Minburn County – 1 case – 0 active

The following graph shows the Central Alberta region has about half the rate of COVID-19 cases as the next lowest region of Alberta.  The southern zone is battling breakouts in meat packing plants and getting very close to Calgary’s infection rate.

The next graph shows the significance of recent outbreaks in the province.  The gold line representing the number of active cases actually dipped below the recovered cases for several days in mid April.  As we approach the end of the month,  active cases have skyrocketed well above the recovered cases. The active case line has levelled off in the last day.  It would need to be several days in a row to show a flattening of that curve.

Comparing the City of Red Deer to other major Alberta cities, ranked by active cases.

  • Calgary 2259 cases – 1470 active
  • Edmonton 333 cases – 90 active
  • Medicine Hat 25 cases – 14 active
  • Fort McMurray 15 cases – 11 active
  • Airdrie 26 cases – 8 active
  • Saint Albert 30 cases – 6 active
  • Lethbridge 12 cases – 4 active
  • Red Deer – 34 cases – 3 active
  • Leduc 28 cases – 3 active
  • Sherwood Park – 18 cases – 2 active
  • Grande Prairie 2 cases – 0 active

Outbreaks at meat packing plants

  • Foothills County 589 cases – 528 active
  • Brooks 452 cases – 450 active

Here are the total numbers for the province.

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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Trevor’s Story: I Have Anxiety and Depression. Where Can I Get Help?

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Trevor has suffered from anxiety and depression for a while. He had no idea where or how to get help with this. In discussing this with his doctor, he was referred to a Mental Health Counselor at Red Deer Primary Care Network.

Trevor says, “I, the skeptic, didn’t expect that I would get much help but did decide to work with the counselor. I needed to do something. We had 6 sessions together. The counselor provided me with insight on things that should have been so obvious to me but they weren’t. You don’t know what you don’t know. The counselor provided me with very practical and valuable tools. I came away with a different, more positive way to think about things. And it was just great to have a non-judgmental person to listen to me. It is a relief to just be able to tell someone who was really listening about my struggles.

These sessions were so valuable. I am in a much better state than I was. My struggles are not over but I manage to get through each day using the tools and improved mindset that I learned.

If anyone else is struggling like me I recommend no matter if they think it won’t help  just go, go in with an open mind. Even if you just feel you need someone to talk to you will get valuable tools to help manage your situation.”

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Unveiling Red Deer Polytechnic’s New Brand – Watch Live

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The wait is finally over, and Red Deer Polytechnic is thrilled to unveil our new brand to all those who care deeply about our institution. The public is invited to view the livestream of the event, so they can enjoy this historic moment as we all celebrate our institution’s future.

Red Deer Polytechnic has opted to invite the public to a livestream event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We have determined that a livestream is the best option to safely celebrate this day with the large number of people who care deeply about the history and future of our institution. A recording of the event will be available online, so people will have the opportunity to view it as their schedules permit.



Red Deer Polytechnic Board Chair Guy Pelletier

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