COVID-19 claims 4 lives in North Zone

Five people had died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours in Alberta, and four of them were from the North Zone, according to Alberta Health data. Two of the fatalities were in their 70s; the rest were in their 80s.

The five fatalities apparently were residents of continuing care facilities. In her daily briefing, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said that, to date, there are 44 deaths in continuing care facilities across Alberta, up five from her last report.

Alberta now has a new total of 66 COVID-19 deaths.

Today’s Alberta Health aggregate COVID-19 data showed three deaths in the Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130, which hosts the Manoir du Lac Continuing Care Facility. On April 17, Alberta Health Services took over the day-to-day management of the facility after a spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths. At the time of the AHS takeover, the facility had five deaths and a total of 37 cases involving residents and staff.

Alberta Health data also showed that the lone COVID-19 case in Clear Hills County, also within the North Zone, had passed.

These four deaths brought to 14 the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the North Zone, which also includes the Central Peace, Grande Prairie and surrounding areas.

Dr. Hinshaw reports 306 new cases, bringing the total to 3,401 in Alberta. Of these, 1,310 – about 39% of active cases – have recovered.

Seventy people are in hospital, with 18 ICU admissions, Premier Jason Kenney said.

Below is a breakdown, by health zones, of COVID-19 cases across the province.

  • 2,396 cases in the Calgary Zone – 70%
  • 451 cases in the Edmonton Zone – 13%
  • 303 cases in the South Zone – 9%
  • 150 cases (plus 2) in the North Zone – 4%
  • 79 cases in the Central Zone – 2%
  • 22 cases (investigation continues to identify health zones) – 1%