Red Deer’s active COVID-19 case total rose by three on Friday, a day after another local school reported a case of the virus.
The city now has 10 cases, according to the latest statistics released by the provincial government on Friday.
Hunting Hills High School is the third school in Red Deer to report a confirmed COVID-19 case – Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Escuela Vista Grande each had a case in September.
A letter was sent to parents and guardians to inform them of the case on Thursday.
“We are working closely with Alberta Health Services to ensure necessary measures are in place to protect all students,” principal Darwin Roscoe said in the letter.
Alberta Health Services advised the school that this individual was not infectious while at school, and consequently, students and staff in the classes of the infected person will not be required to isolate.
“By following the correct protocol and staying home when ill, our staff and students will continue their learning as per normal. AHS will work with the individual to identify non-classroom related close contacts and advise measures that need to be taken by those affected,” said Roscoe.
Parents and guardians of students, as well as any staff or visitors to the school, are asked to monitor for any signs of COVID-19 symptoms, Roscoe added.
Provincially, 277 new cases were confirmed by the government on Friday. There are currently 2,225 active cases, 17,488 people who have recovered and 282 who have died in Alberta.
Eighty-six people are in hospital due to COVID-19 – 11 of those individuals have been admitted into an intensive care unit.
Alberta’s central zone currently has 50 active COVID-19 cases, which is the lowest among all Alberta Health Services’ zones. Three people in the central zone are currently in hospital due to COVID-19.
There are 1,329 active cases in Edmonton, 628 in Calgary, 105 in the north zone, 50 in the south zone and 11 from an unknown area.
Red Deer County, Stettler County, Lacombe County and Sylvan Lake each have two active cases.
Ponoka County has 16 cases, Mountain View County has three, and Olds and the City of Wetaskiwin each have one active case.