Wednesday , 24 February 2021
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Over 300 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta on Wednesday, seven new deaths

The status of COVID-19 cases in the Lakeland remain the same over the past 24 hours, as the province’s virus map shows two active cases in both the St. Paul area and Cold Lake area.

One active case also remains the Vermilion River County area.

Seven cases have recovered in the Bonnyville area and two cases have resolved in the Cold Lake area.

The Capella Centre in St. Paul confirmed on Monday that a part-time staff worker tested positive and was asymptomatic when they last worked at the women’s shelter.

“On the recommendations of Alberta Health Services (AHS), any staff member who came into contact with the positive staff person has been tested and is in self-isolation as a precaution. Shelter management is awaiting news of their test results, but no other staff members are currently showing symptoms,” the statement read on Monday.

“As a precaution, impacted clients are also self-isolating safely. None are showing symptoms.”

The women’s emergency shelter remains “open and COVID free.”

315 new cases, 7 deaths

There are 315 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alberta and seven new deaths from the virus on Wednesday.

These seven deaths all occurred in residents of long-term care facilities in the Calgary Zone.

In total, there has been 5,165 cases and 87 deaths in the province due to novel coronavirus.

Just over 150 people infected have recovered from symptoms in the past 24 hours, as 1,953 cases are deemed resolved.

Infections at long-term care facilities have increased to 503, while 821 workers connected to the Cargill meatpacking plants in High River have been infected, as well as 276 employees and contractors at the JBS plant in Brooks.

Eighty-three infections have occurred at the Kearl Lake oil site north of Fort McMurray.

Chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, will allow for residents of care facilities not in isolation to have an outdoor visit with a designated essential visitor and one other person.

Physical distancing must be maintained during these meetings and visitors will be required to wear masks.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.