April 10 COVID-19 update: seven deaths, no new cases or deaths in the North Zone

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

(As COVID-19 restrictions and health precautions will be in place until the end of May, unless something newsworthy happens, the Leader is limiting the daily updates to weekdays. We will continue to monitor the situation. If there is a new case in Slave Lake, we will write an update. If something important happens further afield in the North Zone, we will write an update. Otherwise, the the next COVID-19 update will be on Tuesday, April 14. Happy Easter! Stay safe, healthy, keep connected while social distancing, and stay home whenever possible.)

On April 10, there were seven new deaths in Alberta, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health in an April 10 video update. This is the highest number of deaths in one day, so far.

None of these deaths or the 49 new cases were in the North Zone.

Previously, the most deaths were on March 30 with five deaths.

Seniors’ facilities

Four of these deaths are at one seniors’ facility in Calgary, said Dr. Hinshaw. This brings the total to 17 deaths at that facility.

Dr. Hinshaw announced new measures to protect seniors in care. 

To date, 164 cases have been confirmed at these facilities, says the government’s April 10 COVID-19 update.

As noted in previous articles, one of these outbreaks is in McLennan. As of April 8, there were 19 cases, including two deaths at the facility. McLenna is one hour and 45 minutes west of Slave Lake.

Through various sources, it came to the Leader’s attention today that there is an outbreak at a seniors’ facility in High Prairie, one hour west of Slave Lake. There are six cases at this facility.

The Edmonton death was at a long-term care facility. It has 19 cases, and now one death.

One other death is in Calgary, which has 27 cases. The other two deaths were in Edmonton, which makes seven deaths in that zone.

The North Zone is holding at four deaths and the Central Zone at one.  

New cases

There were 49 new cases across the province, bringing the total to 1,500. None of these cases were in the North Zone.

This does not, however, mean that people should get together for Easter or stop social distancing for the weekend. The health restrictions will be in place until at least the end of May.

Of the 1,500 cases, 713 have recovered, 39 have died, and 48 are currently in hospital. Of the people in hospital, 13 of them are in the intensive care units (ICU).  

In the last 24 hours, as of 2 p.m. on April 10, there were 2,123 people tested. There have been 70,080 people tested for COVID-19, and a total of 72,370 tests performed by the lab.

Of these cases, 201 are suspected of being community acquired.

Quick COVID-19 facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise 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.
  • 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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