WESTLOCK — An eighth person in the Westlock area has tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the provincial government’s COVID-19 geospatial tracker, which displayed the newest case today, the latest case is still active.
Despite the slight increase in recorded cases, the fact that only one is active means the area isn’t actually getting any closer to appearing on an Alberta Health Services watch list. The threshold for the region, which includes the Town of Westlock, Westlock County and the Village of Clyde, is 10 active cases.
No schools in Westlock appear on the provincial watch list. The threshold there is two or more cases to be classified as an outbreak.
Provincially, COVID-19 news has been worsening for the past week. On Friday, 332 new cases were recorded, at a 2.24 per cent infection rate per 100,000 people.
The Edmonton area has 1,525 active cases of the provincial total of 2,836 cases. Hospitalizations due to COVID increased to 117, and 11 people are in ICU. No additional deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, but 288 people have died since March.