Central zone’s active COVID-19 cases are down to 20

Red Deer down to six

Alberta confirmed 358 COVID-19 cases Monday and one additional death.

The numbers include cases from the weekend: 119 on Friday, 102 on Saturday and 137 on Sunday.

In the central zone, active cases were at 20 on Monday, down from Friday’s 24. To date, there have been 629 recoveries in the province. No one in this zone is in hospital.

There were six active cases in the City of Red Deer, down from Friday’s nine. To date, 99 people have recovered from the virus in the city.

Red Deer County had one active case Monday – the same as the Town of Sylvan Lake, Lacombe County, the Town of Olds and the Town of Drumheller.

Ponoka County was at three – the same as the City of Wetaskiwin.

There were no active cases in the City of Lacombe, the County of Wetaskiwin, Clearwater County and County of Stettler.

Total virus deaths reached 256 on Monday, the government said. The death was not in the central zone.

Provincially, the number of people in hospitals and ICUs remains stable, said chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

On Monday, Alberta’s virus hospitalizations were at 51, with nine people in intensive care.

“This is a slight increase from Friday (44), but well within our health system’s capacity,” said Hinshaw.

“It is good news that our hospitalization numbers have been generally declining or stable since peeking at 93 hospitalizations on July 22.”

As of Monday, there were 81 schools with active alerts or outbreaks in Alberta. So far, 126 cases are linked to those schools.

This includes six new school outbreaks that have been identified, bringing the total to 19 in the province.

The data does not list the City of Red Deer as having any outbreaks.

One person tested positive for COVID-19 at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School on Friday. Parents and guardians of students received a letter from the school principal regarding the case.

Virus transmission has likely occured at two schools in Alberta, Hinshaw said Monday – in Edmonton and Peace River.

“This is not unexpected and it’s not a cause for alarm. As we have seen transmissions in other settings, we will see some cases where this happens in classrooms.” said Hinshaw.

“While the safety of schools is of the utmost importance to all of us, it is important to remember that only three per cent of all schools in the province have had any COVID-19 exposure to date, and of all those schools that have had one or more exposures, transmission has only been identified in about three per cent of those.

“So overall, only just over one school in 1,000 has had a transmission episode in the past three weeks.”

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