Tuesday , 3 August 2021

Lac La Biche County first COVID case, Lakeland numbers low

Heading out of Thanksgiving long weekend, coronavirus cases around the Lakeland remain low as provincially, infections are continuing to rise.

A second infection was reported in Lac La Biche on Friday on the provincial government’s virus map, the first since July in the county.

While Saddle Lake has seen a spread of cases over the past couple weeks, as of Sunday night there are five active cases, with three new infections reported earlier that weekend, health officials said.

One of those five are in hospital, and there has been 37 total cases.

In the ‘Local Geographic Area’ of St. Paul, which includes Saddle Lake, there are seven active cases.

In Cold Lake and Bonnyville areas there is one active case each.

Otherwise, Vermilion, Two Hills, Frog Lake areas see no active cases.

Roughly 60 per cent of Alberta’s active cases are in the Edmonton area, 1329 of 2,225, with the largest daily increase reported since the beginning of the pandemic seen Thursday last week (364).

The next provincial update on case totals in anticipated Tuesday.

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.