April 2 COVID-19 update: death in McLennan, four new cases in Falher region

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

On April 1st, a man in his eighties, who lived at Manior du Lac Assisted Living, in McLennan, died of COVID-19.

On April 2nd, there were two new COVID-19 deaths in Alberta, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in an April 2 COVID-19 video update. Both were men living in seniors care facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks: one in his eighties in the North zone and the other in his nineties in Calgary.

Later in the interview, she clarified that the North zone man who died was one of the people in an outbreak at Manior du Lac retirement home.

According to Google maps, McLennan is 35 minutes northwest of High Prairie and one hour and 45 minutes from Slave Lake.

McLennan is within the Falher heath region. There were four new cases in that health region, today, which brings the total to 11. This is the most in the North zone. Regional data is from covid19alberta.ca. (see complete North zone cases by region below).

Falher has the most cases in any single region in the North zone, but not in the province. Leduc, Edmonton Rutherford etc. have more.

Two heath regions next to Fahler also have high counts. Peace River to the north has eight and High Prairie region has seven, including one death.

The McLennan man is the third person to die in the North zone. The exact region of the second, who died yesterday is unknown.

The first death was a man in his thirties on March 30th, says various sources. He was also one of the first two COVID-19 cases in the North zone, which was announced on March 16th. He lived in Grouard.

Nine outbreaks

The McLennan and Calgary facilities are among nine outbreaks in seniors’ facilities.

There are 74 confirmed cases in continuing care in Alberta, said Dr. Hinshaw. These are 65 in the first Calgary care facility with an outbreak, two in Manior du Lac, and in seven other facilities. There is also one case in a women’s shelter in Calgary.

Seniors and people with health issues the most vulnerable to the virus.

“We must all do our part to keep the most vulnerable citizens safe,” Dr. Hinshaw said. This means following the health precautions. Social distancing, washing our hands, and staying home whenever possible.

Measures were put in place on March 20th to protect people in these types of facilities, said Dr. Hinshaw. These are not enough and as of today are being increased. Outbreaks have three categories suspected: one person with symptoms, probable: two or more people with symptoms, and confirmed.

There have been 13 COVID-19 deaths in Alberta: three in the North zone, seven in the Calgary zone and three in the Edmonton zone.

North zone COVID-19 cases

(only sub-regions near Slave Lake or with confirmed cases are listed. Data is accurate as of April 2 at 3:30 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 zone54*
*There are 55 cases reported, but only 54 on the map. Across the province, there are six cases missing from the map. The missing case is likely one of these.

Alberta

Across Alberta, 174 people have recovered, said Dr. Hinshaw. This is 32 more than yesterday.

This is part of a pattern of increase. The day the number of recovered cases increased by 24. The day before that by 26.

On April 2, there 92 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, said Dr. Hinshaw. This numbers was out of over around 4,000 tests. Of98 per cent came back negative. The total number of cases is 968. Of these, 14 new cases are suspected community transmission, for a total of 108.

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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