Edmonton Eliminated From COVID-19 Watch Checklist; new outbreak within the retirement dwelling

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Lauren Boothby

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August 28, 2020August 28, 2020Read for 2 minutes Join the conversation The city of Edmonton was removed from the province's watch list on Friday as active cases continued to decline.  The city remains a hotspot for active cases in Alberta. The city of Edmonton was removed from the province’s watch list on Friday as active cases continued to decline. The city remains a hotspot for active cases in Alberta. Photo by CDC /about REUTERS

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The city of Edmonton was removed from the province’s COVID-19 watchlist on Friday as active cases in the city begin to decline.

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While the Edmonton Zone remained a hotspot in Alberta with more than 45 percent of the province’s active cases at 544, the numbers have fallen from a high of 676 last Friday, the province’s data shows. There were 589 active cases on Thursday, 625 on Wednesday, 608 on Tuesday and 631 on Monday in the Edmonton Zone. The province no longer provides updated COVID-19 data on weekends.

However, four quarters remained on the watchlist, including Northgate with 101 cases, the Northeast with 89 cases, Castle Downs with 59 cases and Eastwood with 41 cases.

As of Friday, the city of Edmonton had an active case rate of 47.9 per 100,000 residents, up from 51.5 per 100,000 residents the previous day. There were 489 active cases within the parish limits.

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Edmonton was first added to the watch list on August 18.

The city announced Thursday that it had created a new expanded “escalation model” with plans to deal with a potential second wave or major outbreak. It also said it is responding to higher case numbers by stepping up enforcement patrols on high cases, focusing on education and news, and increasing its meetings with Alberta Health Services to three times a week.

20 outbreaks in the Edmonton area

Meanwhile, an outbreak has been reported at another Edmonton senior citizen facility, with three cases reported at the Greater Edmonton Foundation’s Seniors Housing Beverly Place. Outbreaks have occurred in 14 city health and supportive housing facilities.

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The Health Link outbreak rose to six cases on Friday.

The Good Samaritan Southgate, the site of Alberta’s deadliest outbreak to date, with 31 fatalities, reported no further deaths or cases on Friday. According to its website, there are 12 active cases among residents and four among staff, for a total of 112 cases including recoveries.

Alberta Health corrected the number of cases of the outbreak at the Bright Horizons daycare center to five instead of six on Friday.

It also provided updates on other health care and supportive life outbreaks, including active and recovered cases. These are Gray Nuns Community Hospital (5), Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village (4), Shepherd’s Care Vanguard (2), Capital Care Dickinsfield (4), Extendicare Eaux Claires (2), Hardisty Care Center (4), St Rita Catholic Social Services (3), ICE Southridge Group Home (5), Lifestyle Options Schonsee Retirement Community (9), Salvation Army Grace Manor (3) and Tralee Residential Services (11).

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Other local outbreaks include the Bible Pentecostal Church (100 cases), private congregations in Edmonton (29) and Spruce Grove (19), Royal Foods Products (20) and Imperial Oil in Strathcona County (7),

158 new cases in Alberta, no deaths

An additional 158 cases of COVID-19 and no deaths were reported in Alberta on Friday.

There are now 1,185 active cases, with Alberta recording a total of 13,476 cases, including 237 deaths, since the pandemic began. 44 people are in the hospital, seven of them in the intensive care unit.

More than half of all cases in the province involved people under 40 years of age. A little more than 15 percent of the positive cases were under 20 years old. The average age at death is 83 years.

9,108 people have died of COVID-19 across Canada, including 127,358 cases nationwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported nearly 24.3 million cases on Friday, including 827,730 deaths.

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