The first COVID-19 case confirmed in the the M.D. of Opportunity, which includes the hamlet of Wabasca. Slave Lake area remains at five cases: one active and four recovered. Once again, High Prairie and McLennan area have new cases.
Over the weekend and today, there were 31 new cases in the North Zone, bringing the total to 196. This is four per cent of the cases in Alberta. This is an average of 10 cases per day.
There were no new North Zone deaths.
North Zone – nearby
In addition to the Wabasca area case, there were 19 in municipalities near Slave Lake region.
There are 10 new cases in Big Lakes County, including High Prairie and Sucker Creek First Nation. This brings the total for that area to 32: 15 active, 15 recovered and two deaths. The deaths are one man in his 30s in Grouard and a senior at J.B. Woods Continuing Care.
As of today, there are 21 cases and one death connected to J.B. Woods. This is an increase of six cases over the last three days. The four other Big Lakes cases aren’t connected with the outbreak.
The hardest hit municipality in the North Zone is also close to Slave Lake area. It is the M.D. of Smoky River, which includes an outbreak at Manoir du Lac Retirement Home in McLennan. This is within a two hour drive west of Slave Lake.
As of April 27, there are 46 cases at Manoir du Lac among staff and residents. Of these, 10 residents have died. This is an increase of four cases. The other five Smoky River cases aren’t among staff and residents.
Across the province, there are 458 confirmed cases among residents and staff in continuing care facilities, said Dr. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw in an April 27 COVID-19 update.
North Zone – further away
Once again, MacKenzie County (High Level), which shares a border with the Northwest Territories has new cases. There are three new cases in that region, bringing the total to 20.
Fort McMurray also has increased COVID-19 numbers. It has six new cases, tying MacKenzie county for the third most cases in the North Zone behind, Smoky River and Big Lakes.
The other two cases are to the east, in the County of St. Paul (one) and Cold Lake (one).
On April 27, there are 216 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta. This brings the total to 4,696. Of these, 1,664 people have recovered. There are 87 people in hospital, of whom 20 are in intensive care units.
There were two new deaths on April 27, which brings the total number of deaths to 75.
The first four cases among Alberta’s homeless population are confirmed in Calgary. To date, 1,000 homeless people with symptoms have been tested. These four cases are the first to have COVID-19.
Alberta’s homeless population are listed as vulnerable, said Dr. Hinshaw, because they do not have the access to the same supports and services as many Albertans take for granted.
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