April 1 COVID-19 update: second North zone death, one more case in HP

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

On April 1st, there were two new deaths in Alberta, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in an April 1 COVID-19 video update. One was a man in his eighties in the North zone. The other was a man in his eighties in the Calgary zone.

The province doesn’t give out location other than the health zone. The North zone is massive. It covers the top half of the province. It includes such communities as Cold Lake, Slave Lake, High Prairie, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Fort McMurray, and all the communities north to territories.

There are currently cases in nineteen health regions within this zone. The regions include the town they are named after and the surrounding area. For example, the first North zone death was a person registered in the High Prairie zone, but he was from Gruoard and died in the Grande Prairie Hospital.

On April 1st, there is one new case in the North zone, bringing the total to 51, says covid19stats@alberta.ca. This new case is in High Prairie. There are no new cases in Slave Lake, and there haven’t been since cases were announced on March 20th.

North zone COVID-19 cases

(only sub-regions near Slave Lake or with confirmed cases are listed. Data is accurate as of April 1 at 5 p.m.)

Health RegionApril 1
Peace River8
High Prairie (1st March 16)7
Slave Lake (1st March 20)2
Westlock (1st March 25)1
Wabasca0
Athabasca0
City of Grande Prairie2
Grande Prairie County (1st March 24)1
Barrhead2
Bonnyville4
Cold Lake2
Jasper (three new)4
Hinton (1st March 23)3
Fort McMurray (2nd Mar. 25) (down from four)3
Valleyview1
Falher (1st five Mar. 28, one Mar. 29)7
High Level (1st Mar. 28)1
Mayerthorpe (1st Mar. 28; one Mar. 29)2
Total North zone50*

*There are 51 cases reported, but only 50 on the map. Across the province, there are seven cases missing from the map. The missing case is likely one of these.

Alberta

Across Alberta, 142 people have recovered, said Dr. Hinshaw. This is 24 more than yesterday. The day before the number went up by 26.

The number of cases increased by the largest number so far, she continued, but much of this increase may be due to the lab catching up on a back log of tests. They tested over 4,500 cases, 98 per cent were negative, and 117 were positive.

The total number of cases in Alberta is 871. Of these, 94 cases are suspected cases of community transmission.

Currently, there are 29 people in hospital, of whom 13 are in intensive care units (ICU). Over the course of the pandemic, 62 people have been hospitalized, with 20 in ICU. These numbers include the current people in hospital.

There have been 11 COVID-19 deaths in Alberta, including the two this week in the North zone. The others are six in the Calgary zone and three in the Edmonton zone.

There are currently four outbreaks in seniors care facilities. Three are in Calgary, of which two only have one confirmed patient and one has 35 confirmed cases. The Edmonton outbreak has four confirmed cases.

The above information is from the Government of Alberta’s April 1st COVID-19 update.

“My message for younger people would be,” said Dr. Hinshaw, in yesterdays update, “that even if you don’t have a chronic health condition, you need to make sure you are protected against COVID-19, because even if you yourself have a mild illness, you could spread that disease to others and continue to be a part of having disease spread in your community could be a link to having other people who get a severe illness.”

Quick facts from the Alberta government

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practice good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

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