January 18, 2021

There are a further 19 deaths in Alberta and 1,301 new Covid-19 cases

A further 19 deaths and 1,301 new Govt-19 cases were reported Wednesday in Alberta.

The deaths spread over several days, with 10 of those events occurring over a two-day period.

New cases were reported in the 24-hour period that ended at midnight on Tuesday.

The number of active cases has dropped to 17,821, down from the December 13 high.

Alberta reported 1,887 new cases identified in the previous 24 hours. At the time, there were 21,123 active cases in the province.

But the most important numbers continue to rise.

As of December 13, 716 people were being treated in hospitals for Govt-19, of which 136 are in intensive care.

Ten days later, 821 people were hospitalized, including 146 in the intensive care unit.

Public health officials are closely monitoring case numbers among school-age children, which will slowly increase in the fall, with a steep rise in November, the province’s chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinsha, told a news conference Wednesday.

In late November, new sports activities were implemented, which were suspended for team sports and team performances and limited community meetings, he said.

Junior and senior high school students switched to home-based learning at the time, while elementary-aged students stayed in school in person, although the new case rates for all three groups on the plateau began to drop in a very similar way.

In all three age groups, new case numbers tripled from early November to the end of the month, then down the plateau and over the past few weeks, he said.

“A similar trend for all three-year-olds supports other evidence we have found that the school model is safe against spreading in the school,” Hinsha said.

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“Instead, it’s mainly all the other personal activities that children do that reveal the virus and help spread the COVID-19.

“This again tells us that minimizing social interaction is important for protecting and curving each other. Please limit your community meetings as much as possible over the next few days and stick with your family.”

Wednesday’s federal approval for the modern vaccine signifies good news, Hinsha said.

“The incoming arrival of the second vaccine is good, but it will not change the severity of our current situation,” he said.

“Many of us are now well on holiday, and I would like to reiterate how important it is to limit our personal contact as much as possible.

“Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the holiday season is in full swing.

Most recent deaths reported by the province:

  • Nov. 23. An 80-year-old woman explodes in the Maythorp Extendigare in the Northern Territory.

  • Dec. 12. A 100-year-old woman is linked to an explosion at a River Crest care center in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 12. A woman in her 80s was linked to an explosion at the River Crest Care Center in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 16. A 90-year-old man is involved in an explosion at the River Crest Care Center in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 17. An 80-year-old man is linked to an explosion at Capitol Care Stratkona in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 17. A 90-year-old man is linked to an explosion at Capitol Care Stratkona in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 18. A 90-year-old man is linked to an explosion at a River Crest care center in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 19. A 90-year-old woman explodes at Capitol Care Stratkona in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 19. A man in his 80s is involved in an explosion at Acre Walton Heights in Calgary.

  • Dec. 21. Terra Losa in Edmonton erupts into lifestyle choices and is joined by a woman in her 100s.

  • Dec. 21. An 80-year-old man is involved in an explosion in the village of Devonshire in Edmonton.

  • Dec. 21. A 90-year-old man is linked to an explosion at a Yuvi home in the Edmonton area.

  • Dec. 21. A person in his 90s was contacted by an explosion at the Dr Wernon Fanning Center in Carvest in Calgary.

  • December 21. Tulsina Hospice in Calgary A 60-year-old man was involved in an explosion in Calgary.

  • Dec. 21. A 70-year-old woman is linked to an explosion at Tulsina Hospice Calgary in Calgary.

  • Dec. 21. A 70-year-old man was involved in an explosion at the Glamorgan Care Center in Calgary.

  • Dec. 22. A 100-year-old woman is linked to an explosion at Acre Sky Point in Calgary.

  • Dec. 22. An 80-year-old man was involved in an explosion at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

  • Dec. 22. A 60-year-old woman explodes at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

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The province has conducted more than 19,000 trials in the last 24 hours, with a passivity rate of about 6.8 percent.