A Town of Westlock employee who worked at the Rotary Spirit Centre has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an Aug. 5 update posted to the town's website.
The update states the employee received a positive test result while on shift at the Spirit Centre. Upon hearing this news, the employee immediately left the building and went into self-isolation.
It further states that the employee was determined to be asymptomatic, and Alberta Health Services (AHS) has placed their timeframe of contagion during a period when the employee was not in the Spirit Centre or another town facility.
As a precaution, the Spirit Centre was closed to the public for sanitizing and disinfecting of all areas the employee had entered. It was then re-opened on Monday, Aug. 3.
This incident is likely why Westlock County is now counted as having one active case of COVID-19 on the Alberta government's geospatial map listing all active COVID-19 cases. (Westlock previously had two cases of COVID-19 early in the pandemic, but nothing else for months.)
Athabasca County is also listed as having two active cases, as is Thorhild County to the east.
As of Aug. 5, there are 1,146 active cases of COVID-19 throughout Alberta.
Approximately five per cent of all COVID-19 cases, both past and present, have been identified within the North Zone of AHS, which encompasses Westlock, Barrhead and Athabasca.