ATHABASCA - The number of active cases of COVID-19 has now reached 25 within the borders of Athabasca County.
Numbers from the Village of Boyle are steady today, after rising to 16 active cases over the weekend. One more active case was reported in the last 24 hours, along with no additional recoveries. Twenty-three of 45 cases recorded since March have now come from the Boyle area, whose numbers are included with the Town of Athabasca and Athabasca County on the province's online geospatial map.
The Boyle area is also bordered to the southeast by Smoky Lake County which currently hosts 69 active cases, and an active case rate per 100,000 of 819.4.
The active case rate per 100,000 residents in the three municipalities now sits at 189.5, with a population of 13,196. The temporary face-covering bylaw adopted by both the Town of Athabasca and Athabasca County was activated at a rate of 50, and will be in effect for all indoor public spaces and vehicles until 14 days after the rate falls back to 50.
A public health emergency was declared by Alberta premier Jason Kenney Tuesday, Nov. 24, which introduced a list of new mandatory measures regarding social gatherings, schooling and masks in workplaces, among others.
To the southwest in Westlock County, the number of active cases rose to 11 Monday. The active case rate is now at 80.4 per 100,000 residents.
The County of Barrhead remains six active cases, out of 32 total cases. The case rate there is at 59.3.
To the north of Athabasca County, the M.D. of Opportunity is at 12 active cases and 59 recoveries with rate of 180.6. To the east, the Hamlet of Lac La Biche now reports 49 active cases and 17 recoveries, and a case rate of 482.7.
At the province's chief medical officer of health's press briefing Monday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 1,733 new cases in Alberta, another record high, bringing the active total to 16,454. There were also eight more deaths since Sunday, bringing that total to 541 — 453 others are in hospital, and 96 of those are in intensive care.