COVID weekly: Recovery & hospital visits

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

During the week of June 1 to 7, 16 people recovered from COVID-19 in the Alberta Health Services (AHS)’s North Zone, which made the closest active cases in the City of Grande Prairie. Edmonton which is a similar distance away, but not in the North Zone, also had active cases.

Starting Saturday, June 6, AHS allows some visitors to acute care patients in hospitals and to accompany out-patients for appointments. The details are on the AHS website.

The visitor restrictions at seniors’ care facilities including lodges and long-term care remain the same – scheduled outside visits, with masks.

The week of June 1 to 7, started off with encouraging COVID-19 news – 11 more North Zone patients had recovered. On Wednesday, there were a few new cases, but on Thursday and Friday more people recovered.

On Thursday, the final active case in Big Lakes County recovered, which meant there were no active cases in a municipality which borders the M.D. of Lesser Slave River. Lesser Slave River, including the Town of Slave Lake remains at five cases – all recovered.

As of Saturday, June 6, there were 17 active cases in three regions in the North Zone. All other North Zone COVID-19 cases had either recovered or died.

The closest confirmed active cases were in the City of Grande Prairie.

City of Grande Prairie – 12 active

Fort McMurray – four active

MacKenzie County (including High Level, Fort Vermilion etc.) – one active
Other recoveries of note were the last three cases in the M.D. of Smoky River. With 68 total cases, this is the North Zone municipality hardest hit by the virus. The majority of these cases were in McLennan. McLennan is one hour and 46 minutes northwest of Slave Lake on Highway 2.

There were no new cases reported on Monday or Tuesday. On Wednesday, the numbers increased by six. These were five new in the Grande Prairie, and one in MacKenzie County.

On Thursday, four more people recovered. This included the last active case in Big Lakes County, this means there were no active cases in municipalities which share a border with Lesser Slave River.

The other three recoveries were further away. These were: the final active case in Yellowhead County, one in MacKenzie County and one case in the City of Grande Prairie.

As of Saturday, June 6, MacKenzie County had the third most cases in the North Zone with 34 cases – 33 recovered and one active.

This is the third week in a row that the majority of new cases have been in the City of Grande Prairie. Several weeks ago, on May 15, Grande Prairie had only three cases, by Friday, June 5, it had increased to 17 cases. Of these, 11 were active and six recovered.

On Friday, the final case in Grande Prairie County recovered, so there were only three regions with active cases.

As of Friday, June 5, there were 251 North Zone cases – 17 active, 218 recovered, and 16 deaths.The last death was on May 26. It was a resident at J.B. Wood Continuing Care in High Prairie, in Big Lakes County. As of last week, this outbreak was closed. The last person recovered on Thursday.

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