COVID weekly – Good news: another week of limited growth in the North Zone

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

For the second week in a row, the Alberta Health Services North Zone only increased by a few new cases. As of May 24, Slave Lake remains at five cases – all recovered.

During the week, there were four new cases in the North Zone – three in the City of Grande Prairie and the other in Yellowhead County, which includes Edson and surrounding communities. This brought the total number of cases to 232.

On the weekend, there were another three cases – one in the M.D. of Smoky River, one in MacKenzie County, and one in the County of Grande Prairie.
Recovered cases increased by five to 200.

There were no new deaths this week. The last death was announced on May 10.

The number of recovered cases, almost kept up with the number of new cases, so active cases only increase by two to 20.

As of May 24, two of the active North Zone cases were in the hospital. Across the province, 46 people were in hospital, of whom six were in intensive care. There were 801 active cases across the province, 5,924 recovered, and 135 deaths. These were in five of the six AHS Zones – Calgary 98; North 15; Edmonton 13; South eight; and Central one.

As of May 20, there were 89 active cases and 607 recovered cases at continuing care facilities, and 94 facility residents have died. This is a total of 790 cases.

Long-term care has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any group living setting in Alberta.

In the North Zone, there are two outbreaks in seniors continuing care. Both are west of Slave Lake. As of Friday, May 20, the total cases in these facilities hadn’t changed in at least a week.

In both facilities, there is only one active case among seniors and staff. The rest of the people have either recovered or died.

As of May 22, in McLennan, Manoir du Lac had 65 cases – one active, 54 recovered, and 10 deaths.

J.B. Wood in High Prairie had 27 cases – of which one case was active, 23 recovered, and three deaths (none new – although in the past this was reported as two).

The J.B. Wood deaths may be of people whose addresses are in other counties, as Big Lakes County has only two deaths and one of these deaths was a man in his 30s from Grouard.

There are two deaths of seniors in counties to the west of High Prairie, who could easily have lived at J.B. Wood.

The Canadian government expanded some COVID-19 relief funding to small businesses with payrolls under $20,000.

Slave Lake businesses continue to reopen as part of Stage I of Alberta’s COVID-19 relaunch.

Graph of North Zone cases and deaths created by Leader staff with data from covid19stats.alberta.ca. By Sunday, May 24 the total increased to 235.

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