Thursday , 21 October 2021

Restrictions remain in place until Jan. 12

Despite the gradual flattening of the curve of infections in recent weeks Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw continue to stress the threat COVID-19 poses to the health care system in Alberta.

“To be clear, they’re still too high, we need them a lot lower,” said Shandro.

Asked when the province plans to announce whether restrictions will be lifted or extended, Shandro said the cabinet’s COVID committee is meeting later this week to review the data from the holidays.

“The reliability of some of the holiday testing has to be looked at in a particular way because not as many people wanted to get tested during the holidays,” he said.

“These restrictions are at least in place until January 12,” said Shandro.

There were 843 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 new deaths reported in Alberta on Jan. 5, including two continuing care workers located in Calgary and Edmonton.

“We thank these two people for their service to the province. And we join you in honoring their memory,” said Shandro.

Around the Lakeland, communities continue to see modest decreases in active cases and lower numbers of new cases.

Municipality Active Cases Jan. 4 Active Cases Jan. 5 Active +/-
Lac La Biche County 0 0 0
Lac La Biche 27 26 -1
I.D. 349 0 0 0
M.D. of Bonnyville No. 87 86 80 -6
City of Cold Lake 47 49 +2
County of St. Paul No. 19 70 75 +5
Smoky Lake County 58 47 -11
County of Two Hills No. 21 8 8 0
County of Vermilion River 19 16 -3


Local Geographic Area Active Cases Jan. 4 Active Cases Jan. 5 Active +/-
Lac La Biche (Lac La Biche County, NW Smoky Lake County & I.D. 349) 29 28 -1
Smoky Lake (Nearby Smoky Lake County & West Thorhild County) 6 5 -1
Bonnyville (Nearby Bonnyville MD) 76 69 -7
Cold Lake (East Bonnyville MD) 47 49 +2
St. Paul (Saddle Lake and Surrounding St. Paul County) 86 81 -5
Frog Lake (West St. Paul County & South Bonnyville MD) 44 45 +1
Two Hills County 8 8 0
Vermilion River County 25 22 -3

According to Hinshaw, the province’s positivity rate is approximately 8.2 per cent. She said they are starting to see a stabilization in cases, but overall “new case numbers, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions for COVID-19 are still very high in our province.”

She asked for everyone to continue following the public health measures in place and limit in person interactions whenever possible.

“That is the only way to protect our health system, protect each other and limit the spread in the weeks ahead,” said Hinshaw, urging Albertans to adopt as many of the recommendations as possible in addition to the legal requirements.

“We really have to collectively work together to bring this spread down,” said Hinshaw.

About Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr moved to St. Paul for a career in journalism and morning radio in 2014 expecting to stay for six months to a year. Since then, she has put down roots in the form of a husband, a mortgage, two babies, and a poorly behaved dog. She continues to work as a reporter until such time as she finishes her book and becomes fabulously wealthy from the royalties. Meredith also serves as a member at large on the St. Paul Library Board and volunteers as a Beaver leader for the 1st St. Paul Scout Group.