The number of active COVID-19 cases within the County of Barrhead has dropped to five over the past week, though the total number of cases (including those who have recovered) has increased to 26.
On Nov. 9, the geospatial map that lists all COVID-19 cases within Alberta listed the County of Barrhead as having six active cases, while the total number of cases (including recoveries) stood at 22.
In other words, the number of active cases in Barrhead dropped by one from Nov. 9 to Nov. 16, but the total number of cases went up by four.
Woodlands County is still listed as having one active case, while the Town of Whitecourt has 18 active cases and eight recovered. Lac Ste. Anne County to the south has 31 active cases and 52 recovered.
During the Nov. 16 update on the COVID-19 situation, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 860 new cases had been identified throughout Alberta over the past 24 hours.
The total number of cases (including those who have recovered) now stands at 10,031. Back on Nov. 9, the total number of cases stood at just under 8,000.
Currently, 264 Albertans are hospitalized from the virus, with 57 of them in ICU. Hinshaw also reported that 20 more Albertans have died from the virus, bringing the death toll to 427.
Hinshaw again stressed the need to stay home when sick, adding that there have been too many cases stemming from Albertans going to work while exhibiting symptoms.
“I know this is difficult for many. Albertans have bills to pay and staying home can feel like an out-of-reach luxury,” she said. “So I want to remind Albertans that there are supports available.”
For instance, there is the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit, which provides financial supports to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work or must isolate because of COVID-19.
She also highlighted the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, which gives income support to Canadians who must look after a sick child under 12 years old or another family member who needs supervised care.