April 28 COVID-19 update: six new HP and McLennan cases

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

There are six new COVID-19 cases in Alberta, and the province releases new modeling.

Slave Lake remains at five cases: one active and four recovered. The new North Zone cases are in Big Lakes County (including High Prairie) and the M.D. of Smoky River (including McLennan).

North Zone

West of Slave Lake, there are new COVID-19 cases in Big Lakes (one) and Smoky River (five). These six new cases bring the North Zone total to 202.

With the new cases, Big Lakes has 33 cases: 14 active, 17 recovered, and two deaths. Smoky River has 65: 23 active, 32 recovered, and 10 deaths.

All other North Zone regions including Slave Lake area are holding.

To the north, the M.D. of Opportunity has one active case (confirmed yesterday) and Northern Sunrise County has three recovered.

There are three municipalities south of Lesser Slave River. Two of these have cases: Athabasca County (two active) and Westlock County (two recovered). There are currently no cases in Woodlands County.

The last North Zone deaths were on last Wednesday, April 22.

Alberta – new COVID model

“Overall trends continue to be encouraging,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, in the update. The new COVID model has much lower numbers than the one released three weeks ago. This shows that the efforts of Albertans are working.

The province plans to reveal its phased relaunch strategy later in the week.

On April 28, there are 483 cases in continuing care facilities in Alberta, said Dr. Deena HinshawAlberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in a video update. Of these people, 52 have died.

Two of these outbreaks are in the North Zone west of Slave Lake in High Prairie and McLennan.

There were five new deaths, bringing the total number to 80.

There were 154 new cases, bringing the total to 4,850. Of these, 1,800 people have recovered and 82 are in hospital, including 21 in intensive care units.

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