2nd COVID-19 death reported in North Zone

A man in his 80’s has succumbed to COVID-19 infection becoming the second fatality reported in the North Zone, a geographic delineation by the Alberta Health Services encompassing the Central Peace as well as the City and the County of Grande Prairie and surrounding areas.

Today, April 1, also saw the largest jump in a single day in the number of confirmed cases so far in Alberta. As of 3:30pm, health authorities reported 117 new COVID-19 cases tracked within the past 24 hours, bringing the new province-wide total to 871.

“I know this large jump in cases might seem alarming. It is the result of our provincial labs completing a backlog of tests now that they are back to working at full capacity,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in her daily update. “We have conducted more than 4,500 tests in the last 24 hours. Of these, around 98% came back negative, an indicator in line with previous days.”

On Monday, March 30, a 34-year-old male became the first fatality reported in the North Zone.

Eleven deaths have so far been attributed to COVID-19 in all of Alberta.

Up to 142 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 so far.

Below are where COVID-19 cases across the province:

  • 527 cases in the Calgary zone
  • 219 cases in the Edmonton zone
  • 51 cases in the North zone (includes Grande Prairie, the Central Peace and neighbouring communities)
  • 57 cases in the Central zone
  • 12 cases in the South zone
  • one case (location remains under investigation)

There are so far 8,665 cases throughout Canada with 98 confirmed deaths.