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Saturday , 25 September 2021

Almost 60 new COVID cases in the Lakeland on Monday

Sixteen new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the St. Paul-Saddle Lake “local geographic area” on the province’s virus data map on Monday.

There are 126 active cases and 246 recoveries in that area, while Saddle Lake Events, News, and Information reported late Sunday evening there is 50 active cases and 171 recovered on the reserve.

Twelve new positive tests were identified within Vermilion River County on Monday. There is now 37 active cases with 22 recoveries and one death reported.

In the Lac La Biche “local geographic area” on the Alberta COVID map, there is 11 new cases. There is 87 active cases, 43 recovered, and one death.

There are 61 active cases in the Cold Lake area, four new infections on Monday, with 105 recoveries. Cold Lake First Nations is reporting two cases currently on reserve.

In the Bonnyville area, there is 32 active and 78 recoveries after no new cases in the “local geographic area.”

Six new cases have been identified in the Frog Lake area on Monday. While there is 32 cases active and 12 recovered in that area, there is five confirmed cases active on the reserve, which enacted lockdown measures last week.

Within Two Hills County, there is now 35 active cases with 26 recoveries and one death. That represents six new cases.

In the Smoky Lake area, there is six new cases for 42 active and 36 recovered.

Provincial update

On Monday, chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw confirmed 1,735 new cases after roughly 20,300 tests.

The provincial positivity rate is now 8.5 per cent.

There are now 609 now in hospital with 108 of those in ICU’s due to the virus.

Sixteen deaths were reported to Alberta Health in the past 24 hours related to COVID-19.

Editor’s note: All case totals are from the province’s virus data map and local First Nations health authorities. They are totalled by “local geographic area” on the map to get the most precise information, except for Two Hills County and Vermilion River County, which is sorted by municipality.

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.