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Westlock area COVID-19 weekend update: 26 active cases, 153 total

Alberta: 1,800 new cases, over 14,000 active
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The provincial government's COVID-19 geospatial tracker, updated Jan. 10.

WESTLOCK — The Westlock area has recorded one more case of COVID-19 since Friday.

There are 26 active cases of 153 recorded since the start of the pandemic. One person has died, a 90-year-old man at the Westlock Continuing Care Centre, and 126 others have recovered. A case that was previously recorded as recovered has since been corrected to active.

The area includes the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and the Village of Clyde.

The outbreak at the Continuing Care Centre is still ongoing.

Vaccinations have reportedly started in Westlock, including at the Continuing Care and Smithfield Lodge. Homeland Housing is in talks with Alberta Health Services about immunizing residents at the Pembina Lodge next. The province has administered 44,994 doses as of yesterday.

In Alberta, 1,800 new cases were reported over the weekend: 811 new cases today out of 12,302 tests for a positivity rate of 6.4 per cent, and 989 new cases on Saturday out of 13,540 tests for a positivity rate of 7.1 per cent. There are 14,116 active cases in the province. Fourty-three more people have died — 12 today and 31 yesterday — which brings the death toll in Alberta to 1,284.

Hospitalizations sit at 794, with 128 of them in ICU.

“We have seen encouraging signs but the spread is still high,” said Alberta’s chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw over Twitter yesterday.

“Let’s keep the momentum going by continuing to follow the current measures in place, as well as all other public health guidance.”

Schools will be reopening to in-person learning Monday morning, but the lockdown-style measures announced mid-December will continue for another two weeks. They'll be reevaluated closer to Jan. 21.

Dr. Hinshaw is scheduled to give the next COVID-19 update tomorrow.

Andreea Resmerita, TownandCountryToday.com