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Tuesday , 20 October 2020
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First infection of COVID-19 in St. Paul area recovers on Tuesday, total recoveries reaches 55% in Alberta

The first individual infected with COVID-19 in the St. Paul area has recovered on Tuesday the province’s virus data map shows.

That means there are now two active cases of the virus in the St. Paul area and one recovery.

The first case of the virus in the St. Paul region was reported by the province on April 23.

There remains one active case in the Cold Lake area and three recoveries.

One infection in the Vermilion River County area also remains.

Seven total cases have occurred in the Bonnyville area.

Roughly 41 people have been infected in the Lloydminster area.

There are zero new cases of the virus in the AHS North Zone, which extends just north of Edmonton to the northern provincial border and includes the Lakeland.

Recoveries reach new high point

Only 57 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Alberta by chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, on Tuesday for a total of 5,893 cases.

However, now the number of recoveries has increased to 3,219, which makes up roughly 55 per cent of total infections.

Two COVID-19 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, which puts the virus death toll at 106.

Six hundred twenty-two cases have been reported in the province’s long-term care homes, 949 cases are linked to the Cargill meatpacking plant in High River with 810 recoveries, and 487 infections are linked to the JBS plant in Brooks.

Now, thirty-six cases have been confirmed at the Harmony meatpacking plant.

  • Calgary Zone: 3,957 cases
  • South Zone: 1,094 cases
  • Edmonton Zone: 502 cases
  • North Zone: 221 cases
  • Central Zone: 89 cases
  • Unknown: 30 cases

Investment in testing equipment to double capacity

A $4.5-million investment in new virus detecting equipment and technology was announced by Health Minister Tyler Shandro on Tuesday.

The funding includes a $1.7-million donation by Calgary Health Trust, with Alberta Health Services and the Government of Alberta making up the balance.

This investment will increase COVID-19 testing from 7,000 to 16,000 tests per day, more than doubling Alberta’s maximum capacity for testing, the provincial government said.

Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) is also expanding testing capacity by securing additional supplies including swabs and reagents, and taking steps toward achieving 24-7 testing.

Yesterday, 2,315 tests were completed.

  • Calgary Zone: 70,607 tests
  • South Zone: 12,825 tests
  • Edmonton Zone: 45,671 tests
  • North Zone: 12,134 tests
  • Central Zone: 12,874 tests

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.