April 29 COVID-19 update: 1st case in Woodlands

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

The first case in Woodlands County was confirmed on April 29. This means there is at least one case in all municipalities which border the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. Lesser Slave, which includes Slave Lake remains at five cases: one active and four recovered.

North Zone

Woodlands County is just south of Lesser Slave River, but there are no highways crossing the border between the two municipalities. Woodlands includes Whitecourt, Blue Ridge, Fort Assiniboine, and Windfall, but not nearby Swan Hills, which is in Big Lakes County.

There are only three new North Zone cases. These are the one already mentioned, plus one in Big Lakes County and one in Fort McMurray.

Big Lakes County has 34 cases: 14 active, 18 recovered, and two deaths. It is just west of Lesser Slave River.

All other bordering counties have significantly less cases. These are between one and three cases.

Fort McMurray has 21: 16 active and five recovered.

Across the North Zone, there are 205 cases in 24 municipalities. Of these 85 are active, 105 recovered, and 14 deaths. The last North Zone deaths were on April 22.

Alberta

To balance quality of life and the need to protect seniors from COVID-19, Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has released new health orders which allow seniors to visit out-of-doors with an essential visitor and one other person. The new orders also clarify that in the last two weeks of life people in care can receive visitors.

On April 29 in Alberta, there are 315 new COVID-19 cases, says Dr. Hinshaw in a video update. This brings the total to 5,165 case.

Seven more seniors’ deaths are confirmed as being caused by COVID-10, said Dr. Hinshaw. These are all in continuing care in Calgary. Across the province, there 503 cases in continuing cares.

Of the total cases, 1,953 people have recovered from COVID-19.

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