The number of active COVID-19 cases has dropped to four within the County of Barrhead.
Earlier this week, the geospatial map that lists COVID-19 cases within Alberta municipalities indicated that the number of active cases had risen to seven.
However, by Nov. 27, that number had decreased to four. The number of recovered cases has also risen to 25 cases within the county.
It should be stressed that the geospatial map does not differentiate between the Town and County of Barrhead, so the active cases could be within either municipality.
There are no schools in the Barrhead area listed as having a COVID-19 outbreak, which is defined as two or more cases within a single school.
As well, Hillcrest Lodge is no longer listed as experiencing an outbreak. It had gone into a 28-day lockdown after two residents and a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 in late October.
Woodlands County is listed as having one recovered case and no active cases, while the Town of Whitecourt has seven active cases and 25 recovered cases.
Lac Ste. Anne County has 32 active cases and 77 recovered cases. There have also been five deaths within the municipality.
The number of active cases within Alberta now stands at 14,217, with 6,614 cases just in the Edmonton Zone.
A total of 405 Albertans are hospitalized from the coronavirus, while 86 Albertans are in ICU.
Chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional nine deaths on Nov. 27, bringing the death toll to 519.
Hinshaw took time during the update to remind Albertans that a number of new restrictions are now in effect.
Because Barrhead is not in an “enhanced watch” area, some restrictions do not apply. However, indoor social gatherings are still prohibited, outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 people, and there are no festivals or similar events allowed.
As well, Grade 7-12 students at Barrhead Composite High School, Fort Assiniboine School, Neerlandia Public Christian School and Swan Hills School will begin at-home learning on Monday, Nov. 30.
Justice Minister Kaycee Madu announced that he was expanding the authority of certain peace officers to issue fines. Not following mandatory restrictions could result in fines of up to $1,000 per ticketed offence and up to $100,000 if a matter should go to court.