Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday that community transmission of COVID-19 has never been higher in the province. (Photo from Government of Alberta)

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday that community transmission of COVID-19 has never been higher in the province. (Photo from Government of Alberta)

Red Deer up to 523 active cases of COVID-19

Province reports new daily high of 4,752 new cases

Alberta set a new daily COVID-19 case record Wednesday, with 4,752 new infections.

The new daily high case total comes with about a 37 per cent test positivity rate – another record high. Alberta now has 37,196 active cases of COVID-19, with 470 people in hospital and 70 in intensive care.

“The community transmission risk is the highest it’s ever been. Out in the general community no matter what the setting, there is a very high transmission risk right now,” Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said in a press conference Wednesday.

“I continue to advise people to minimize the number of close contacts they have.”

The province also reported 11 new deaths due to the implications of COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 3,333 since the start of the pandemic. One of those deaths was in Central zone.

The Central zone has 1,781 active cases of the virus – up from 1,602 on Tuesday, with 76 people in hospital, including six in the ICU. The local zone has reported 418 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Red Deer is up to 523 active cases of the virus, after reporting 460 on Tuesday. The city had less than 200 infections a week ago. Red Deer has had 10,090 total confirmed cases to date, with 9,483 recovered cases and 84 deaths due to the implications of COVID-19.

According to geospatial mapping on the provincial government’s website as of Wednesday afternoon, the City of Wetaskiwin has 147 active cases, Ponoka County has 117, Red Deer County has 105 active, Lacombe has 95, Mountain View County has 75, Sylvan Lake has 61, Lacombe County has 59, Stettler County has 39, Clearwater County has 44 and Olds has 49.

Drumheller has 99, Camrose has 98, Kneehill County has 29, and Camrose County has 11 active.

On the local geographic area setting, Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, has 254 active cases, while Rimbey including parts of West Ponoka County and parts of Lacombe County has 22 and Ponoka, including East Ponoka County has 46.