Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, is reminding Albertans to stay safe this upcoming Thanksgiving. (Photo courtesy of Government of Alberta)

Central zone down to 19 active COVID-19 cases on Thursday

Provincially, 158 new COVID-19 cases were identified

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health is asking people to stay safe.

“It’s best to keep gatherings within your established cohorts of up to 15 people outside your household. Smaller is safer – this is not the time for large gatherings,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said during a live COVID-19 update Thursday afternoon.

“Food plays a big part in many holiday get-togethers. Please have one person plate everyone’s meals, so people are not sharing serving utensils, or even better, consider having pre-portioned servings, ordering takeout or perhaps having guests bring their own food.”

Thanksgiving safety tips are available on the provincial government’s website.

The City of Red Deer currently has seven active cases, which is down one case from Wednesday.

Red Deer County has two active cases, while Sylvan Lake, Olds, Wetaskiwin and Lacombe County have one each. Ponoka County has five active cases and Mountain View County has eight.

There are 19 active cases in Alberta Health Services’ central zone, which is one fewer than Wednesday’s report.

Provincially, 158 new COVID-19 cases were identified Thursday – there are 1,462 active cases, 15,467 recovered cases and 261 who have died due to the virus.

Four schools – three in Edmonton and one in Calgary – remain under the province’s watch list. There are active alerts or outbreaks in 97 schools, with 163 active cases in total. This accounts for four per cent of schools in Alberta.

“Since school started on Sept. 1, we have actually seen a week-over-week decrease, from 205, to 183, to 122 cases per week in school-age children,” Hinshaw said.

“This is despite a significant increase in testing, with over 11,000, 18,000 and 14,000 children tested in these three weeks, respectively.”

“I want to highlight these numbers, not to minimize the importance of school safety, but rather, to stress once again the importance of limiting community transmission to make school reentry successful.”

Currently, 58 people are in hospital – 14 of those individuals are in intensive care. The central zone has no hospitalizations.

Edmonton has the most active cases of any AHS zone, with 773. Calgary has 495 active cases, the north zone has 130, the south zone has 40 and five are located in an unknown area.

A total of 1,255,039 tests have been completed in Alberta.



sean.mcintosh@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Heart
Online sessions help participants improve heart health

Heart Wise offers effective strategies to manage cholesterol and blood pressure

Moonrise over the Castor grain elevator, a part of the Castor & District Museum, on Aug. 27th, 2020. Kevin J. Sabo photo
Castor Municipal Council approves funding of Castor Museum Project

Total cost for the project is estimated at just under $2,000

Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, receive flu shot. Photo via Government of Alberta
COVID-19: One more death in central zone

Ponoka County on province’s watchlist

Many rural municipalities were concerned about a proposed reduction to their industrial revenues, but Alberta’s Municipal Affairs minister has come up with an alternative solution. (Photo contributed)
Province and rural municipalities agree on a plan to support Alberta’s energy industry

Creating new wells or pipelines would result in a three year ‘tax holiday’

Town hall
Council moves to contribute around $11,000 to $121,000 in projects thanks to government program

Council decided to proceed with the two projects and fund the balance from reserves

Conservative member of Parliament Pierre Poilievre speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on October 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Liberals say Tory effort to set up COVID-19 committee will be a confidence matter

The Tories were originally proposing an ‘anticorruption’ committee

Alberta Premier Jason Kenny and government house leader Jason Nixon chat before the speech from the throne delivered in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Alberta politicians are to return to the legislature Tuesday with a plan to discuss up to 20 new bills — many of which are focused on the province’s economic recovery. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta legislature to resume Tuesday; focus to be on economic recovery

Opposition house leader Heather Sweet said the NDP will focus on holding Premier Jason Kenney

A passer-by walks past a COVID-19 testing clinic in Montreal, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Canada ‘yet to see’ deaths due to recent COVID surge as cases hit 200,000

Much of the increase in case numbers can be attributed to Ontario and Quebec

robbery
UPDATE: Suspect identified in early morning shooting

Rimbey RCMP had responded to a complaint of an armed robbery at the Bluffton City General Store

Executive Director of Agape Kate Halas (left) receives $1000 from Sgt. Eric Christensen (right) on behalf of Agape. Photo/ Shaela Dansereau.
Former Wetaskiwin Peace Officer wins provincial award; gives back to Wetaskiwin community

Eric Christensen has won the Alberta Association of Community Peace Officers Award of Excellence.

Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen (Alberta government photo)
Big boost for Alberta college agriculture research

The $2-million agreement to benefit Lethbridge College’s applied research team

Grant and Barbara Howse, in quarantine in Invermere. Mike Turner photo
Denied entry into U.S., Canadian couple still forced to quarantine for 2 weeks

The rules around crossing the U.S. border led to a bizarre situation for an Invermere couple

Employee Sophia Lovink shows off a bag of merchandise in Toronto on Thursday, June 11, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Canada gets C-average grade on 2nd year of cannabis legalization

Cannabis Council of Canada releases report card on federal government and legalization

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Restrictions on non-essential travel between Canada and the United States are being extended until at least Nov. 21. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Non-essential travel restrictions at Canada-U.S. border extended to at least Nov. 21

The restrictions do not apply to those providing essential services in either country

Most Read