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Tuesday , 1 December 2020

St. Paul’s local area with 71 active COVID cases, 57 in Saddle Lake

There are 57 active COVID-19 cases in Saddle Lake as of Sunday night, an increase of 29 new infections in the past week, as cases have continued to rise on the First Nation.

In St. Paul’s local geographic area on the Alberta Health Services data map, there are 71 active cases total, which includes the Saddle Lake numbers.

The province’s technical issues have been corrected, said chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, during an update on Monday afternoon, which was the cause of lagging data numbers over the course of last week.

The Bonnyville area has seen an increase to 21 active cases, seven of which are active in Kehewin.

With the new health restrictions put in place on Friday, any community on the “watch list” with 10 or more active cases must keep social gatherings to a max of 15.

Glen Avon School in St. Paul has seen an outbreak of two cases, after confusion earlier from AHS about whether they had a positive test at all.

Those positive cases have been confirmed.

Aspen View Public Schools confirmed a positive case of someone from Vilna School and students and staff who had close contact with the individual have been directed to stay home.

Ashmont School notified St. Paul Education on Friday that a student tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter, SPERD said if AHS confirms the case, they will conduct an investigation to see if the individual was in the school while positive.

Beaver Lake Cree Nation confirmed two cases of the virus, the first infection reported on Nov. 6, with five total active in Lac La Biche.

Five cases are active in Whitefish.

Duclos School was notified on Friday that someone linked to the school had tested positive, but were never in the school while infectious.

In the Cold Lake area, there is seven active cases, and Cold Lake First Nations is reporting that all 16 cases they’ve had are in recovery.

In the Frog Lake area, there is three active cases. Two Hills area has three active cases.

Six infections are active in the Vermilion River County area, and six in Lloydminster on the AHS map.

Alberta update Monday

There are 644 new cases of the virus on Monday in Alberta.

Hospitalizations continue to rise with 192 and 39 in intensive care.

Seven new deaths were reported, putting the COVID death toll at 369. The average age of death is 82.

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.