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Sunday , 17 January 2021

More COVID-19 recoveries in the Lakeland reported on the province’s data map Tuesday

There are 28 active cases within Frog Lake First Nations after new infections were confirmed by the Nation late Tuesday afternoon. This is after six new recoveries in the previous 24 hours.

Contact tracing teams continue to inform members if they’ve been in close contact with someone who tests positive. Lockdown measures continue to be in place.

Earlier this week, J.F. Dion School in Fishing Lake was deemed an outbreak site by Alberta Health Services, after two infections were detected in people linked to the facility. Students began at-home learning there on Monday.

In an online statement, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement said they are aware of 18 current positive COVID cases as of Tuesday morning.

In Frog Lake’s “local geographic area” on the province’s COVID-19 data map, there are 64 active cases with 32 recoveries.

Active cases fall elsewhere in Lakeland

The amount of recoveries is rising when looking at the provincial virus data map on Tuesday.

There are fewer active cases in the St. Paul, Cold Lake, and Lac La Biche areas in the most recent update.

There are now 129 active cases in the St. Paul-Saddle Lake area, 28 recoveries in the area since Monday. Saddle Lake Cree Nation News, Events, and Information reported just seven active cases on Monday, with 244 recoveries. When searched by municipality, there are 128 active cases within the County of St. Paul with 162 recoveries.

In the Cold Lake area, there are 39 active cases of the virus with 11 new recoveries and two new cases. Within the city, there are 37 active cases. Cold Lake First Nations reports two active cases on reserve.

Nine new recoveries are reported in the Lac La Biche area. Whether searching by local geographic area or municipality, there are 61 active cases. On Monday, Beaver Lake Cree Nation reported there are three active cases with 15 recoveries.

In Bonnyville’s “local geographic area”, there are 35 active cases, 48 active within the M.D. of Bonnyville. Kehewin Communications reported six active cases on reserve in their last update on Monday.

Cases of the virus remain similar in Two Hills County. There is one case on Tuesday, leaving 42 active, 50 recovered, and one death when searched by both “local geographic area” and municipality.

Recoveries went up in the Smoky Lake area. There are 28 active cases within the community’s local geographic area, 77 active within Smoky Lake County.

In Vermilion River County, there are 58 active cases within the municipality after one new cases on Tuesday. When searched by local geographic area, there are 78 active cases.

Provincial update

On Tuesday, chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 1,341 new cases of the virus after roughly 16,300 tests.

Hospitalizations continue to rise in Alberta. There are 742 people in hospital with 137 of those in ICU’s.

The provincial positivity rate is at 8.2 per cent, which Dr. Hinshaw called a sign that the transmission rate could be plateauing.

In the past 24 hours, 11 deaths have been reported to Alberta Health. The death toll is 744.

Editor’s note: The information presented is from independent First Nations and Alberta’s COVID-19 data map and can be displayed by “local geographic area” or 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.