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Athabasca County sees two more COVID cases

Unknown if Edwin Parr Composite case is included in government data
Two more cases of COVID-19 were reported within the borders of Athabasca County Sept. 8, including one in the Boyle area. They were the tenth and eleventh cases identified in the county since March.

ATHABASCA - It is unclear if the case of COVID-19 reported at Edwin Parr Composite School in Athabasca has been included in the statistics provided by the province, but the latest data shows Athabasca County has now had 11 cases in all — three that are currently active — and two more than before the long weekend.

The new cases were included in the COVID-19 section of the Government of Alberta's website on the geospatial map which indicates total cases, active cases and deaths in certain areas. Exact locations are not divulged, but one of the two new cases was in or around the Village of Boyle, which is included in the local data as it is located within the borders of Athabasca County, as is the Town of Athabasca.

Late in the afternoon Sept. 8, chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 619 new cases across the province since her previous update — 154 from Sept. 4; 171 on Sept. 5; 137 from Sept. 6; and 154 more since Sept. 7. Five additional deaths have also been recorded, bringing that number to 247 in Alberta since the pandemic was declared in March.

The average age of those who have died as a result of contracting the virus is 83 — of them, 161 were residents of continuing care facilities. 

There are currently 1,692 active cases in the province. There are 45 hospitalizations and 10 of those are in intensive care.

One active case remains in Westlock County; one in Smoky Lake County; one in the M.D. of Opportunity; and six in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River.