There were six additional deaths across Alberta reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,926 since the beginning of the pandemic. (File photo)

388 new COVID-19 cases identified in Alberta

Central zone has 452 active cases

The Government of Alberta is reporting two more COVID-19-related deaths in Red Deer.

The city now has a total of 33 virus-related deaths, according to geospatial mapping on the provincial government’s website. The number of active cases in Red Deer on Sunday was down to 108 – seven fewer cases than Saturday.

Including the two Red Deer deaths, six new deaths were reported in the province, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

The province identified 388 new COVID-19 cases Sunday. There are 4,697 active cases in the province, to go along with the 131,781 recovered cases.

Alberta’s first confirmed cases of the P.1 variant, which was first first detected in Brazil, was also identified Sunday. These confirmed cases are both travel-related and were detected through the “aggressive screening processes” in place, said Hinshaw.

“Our labs are screening every positive case for variants of concern to help identify them as quickly as possible. In addition, we also do full genetic sequencing on about 400 cases a week,” Hinshaw said.

“These cases are already isolating. Anyone at risk is being contacted by our dedicated variant contact tracing team and will be offered testing twice.

“I know any new variant cases can create anxiety but remember we are working hard to prevent their spread. These variants are spread by close contact and measures that protect you from other strains – distancing, masking, washing hands – will also protect you from this variant.”

When looking at the province’s geospatial mapping for COVID-19 cases on the municipality setting, regions are defined by metropolitan areas, cities, urban service areas, rural areas and towns with approximately 10,000 or more people; smaller regions are incorporated into the corresponding rural area.

In that setting, Red Deer County has 18 active COVID-19 cases, Sylvan Lake has 13, Clearwater County has 31, Lacombe County has 30, the City of Lacombe has 21, Mountain View County has 18, Olds has 10 and Stettler County has six.

In the local geographic area setting, Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, has 43 active cases. Ponoka, including east Ponoka County, has 37 active.

Rimbey, including west Ponoka County and partial Lacombe County, has 21 active cases.

The central zone has 452 active cases, while the Calgary zone has 1,738, the Edmonton zone has 1,154, the north zone has 797 and the south zone has 545. The locations of 11 active cases are currently unknown.

Provincially, 248 people are currently in hospital due to the virus, with 38 of those individuals in an intensive care unit. The central zone has 24 hospitalizations, with five of those individuals in an ICU.

Alberta Health Services announced more than 53,000 eligible Albertans have booked an appointment to receive the Covishield/AstraZeneca vaccine, meaning there are now fewer than 5,000.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, online bookings for this vaccine are closed. Albertans can only book appointments through HealthLink at 811.

There are Covishield/AstraZeneca appointments available throughout the province, particularly in central, north, and southern Alberta.

AHS is encouraging those currently eligible – Albertans born between 1957-61 (inclusive), and First Nations, Inuit and Métis born between 1972-76 (inclusive) – to book now.



Send your news tips

Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Nineteen-year-old Amanda enjoys a ride during a visit to Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler. photo submitted
Busy days at Spirit’s Respite Ranch near Stettler

The ranch, which launched operations last summer, provides support through animal interaction

Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said on Thursday that the province has seen its first case of the B.1.617 variant. (Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer nears record number of active COVID-19 cases

Alberta reports 1,857 new cases of COVID-19, 1,326 new variants

People line up outside an immunization clinic to get their Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Edmonton, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta passes bill to give all workers paid leave to get COVID-19 vaccine shot

Labour Minister Jason Copping says Bill 71 will reduce barriers for Alberta workers to get vaccinated

Stettler County
County of Stettler meeting highlights

County of Stettler council was presented with six separate bylaws at varying stages of progress

Alberta completed 18,412 COVID-19 tests, as reported on Wednesday, for a test positivity rate of 9.5 per cent. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Highest daily count of 2021 so far: Alberta reports 1,699 COVID-19 cases

Variants now make up 59 per cent of Alberta’s active cases

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden smile as they say farewell following a virtual joint statement in Ottawa, Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau pledges to cut emissions by 40% to 45% by 2030, short of U.S. goal

Trudeau announced target during a virtual climate summit convened by U.S. President Joe Biden

A health care worker prepares to test a Coastal GasLink field worker for COVID-19. (Coastal GasLink photo)
Alberta bill would protect health workers, care homes from some COVID-19 lawsuits

The bill proposes exempting a range of workers, including doctors, pharmacists and care-home operators, from being sued over COVID-19 unless it was for gross negligence

Journal de Montreal is seen in Montreal, on Thursday, April 22, 2021. The daily newspaper uses a file picture of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dressed in traditional Indian clothing during his trip to India to illustrate a story on the Indian variant of the coronavirus. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press
Montreal newspaper blasted for front-page photo of Trudeau in India

Trudeau is wearing traditional Indian clothes and holding his hands together in prayer beside a caption that reads, ‘The Indian variant has arrived’

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange was in Red Deer on Friday to provide an update on the province's COVID-19 response in schools.
Photo by PAUL COWLEY/Advocate staff
Alberta government aiming to boost financial literacy among students

Government providing grants to organizations who will help design financial literacy programming

President Joe Biden holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
U.S. to help Canada with more COVID-19 vaccine supply, Biden says

The U.S. has already provided Canada with about 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin’s trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Court TV via AP, Pool
George Floyd’s death was ‘wake-up call’ about systemic racism: Trudeau

Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on all three charges against him

FILE - Dan Smyers, left, and Shay Mooney from the band Dan + Shay perform on NBC's Today show in New York on June 28, 2019. The duo will perform at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
Luke Bryan wins top ACM Award, but female acts own the night

Luke Bryan wins top ACM Award, but female acts own the night

In this undated photo provided by John-Paul Hodnett are a row of teeth on the lower jaw of a 300-million-year-old shark species named this week following a nearly complete skeleton of the species in 2013 in New Mexico. Discoverer Hodnett says it was the short, squat teeth that first alerted him to the possibility that the specimen initially dubbed "Godzilla Shark" could be a species distinct from it's ancient cousins, which have longer, more spear-like teeth. The image was taken using angled light techniques that reveal fossil features underneath sediment. (John-Paul Hodnett via AP)
‘Godzilla’ shark discovered in New Mexico gets formal name

The ancient chompers looked less like the spear-like rows of teeth of related species

Most Read