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Friday , 25 September 2020
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No active cases of COVID-19 in the Lakeland as of Friday, 239 new cases in Alberta

There are no longer any active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Lakeland as of Friday, as the two active cases in the Bonnyville area have recovered.

As the Alberta Government’s virus data map came back online on Friday morning, it shows the closest active case to the Lakeland is in the Wainwright area with one person having with the virus.

Seven total cases have occurred in the Bonnyville area and three total cases have occurred in the Cold Lake area.

One case in the Vermilion area and one case in Lloydminster have resolved.

However, Friday was the biggest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases with 239 cases for a total of 2,397: 134 are lab-confirmed cases and 105 are probable cases combined over the last few days, said chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

This jump comes after the province began testing anyone with potential novel coronavirus symptoms earlier this week.

No deaths have occurred in the past 24 hours.

Over a thousand Albertans have recovered–1,124 total.

Four hundred cases could be due to community transmission and Dr. Hinshaw said there will be a breakdown of these cases provided next week.

Sixty people are in hospital and 13 are in intensive care.

Testing numbers increased on Friday with 3,831 tests completed and Alberta Health hopes to ramp up testing to their current capacity of 7,000 per day.

Over 90,000 tests have been completed total in Alberta.

Alberta Health has sent a team to High River to track the current outbreak of 358 cases and prevent further infections, which has impacted the Cargill meatpacking plant.

Also, AHS has taken over operations of Manoir du Lac continuing care facility in McLennan, roughly 50 kilometres north of High Prairie, which has seen five deaths, 26 residents test positive and another 11 staff test positive.

They were not following proper protocols, AHS said.

Twelve cases are linked to the Kearl Lake oilfield site north of Fort McMurray and several others outside the province.

Thirty-two of the province’s 50 deaths have been at long-term care facilities, which have prompted new testing measures.

Coming soon, Alberta will test all residents and staff of continuing care facilities, 34 total, with outbreaks regardless of whether they’re symptomatic or not.

  • Calgary Zone: 1,673 cases
  • Edmonton Zone: 429 cases
  • North Zone: 135 cases
  • Central Zone: 77 cases
  • South Zone: 68 cases
  • Unknown: 15 cases

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. 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.