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South zone sees continued recovery, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass unchanged

Friday, 31 July 2020. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Pincher Creek region remains at 22 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 12 people recovered while 10 cases remain active.

Crowsnest Pass has two confirmed cases with one being active and the other recovered.

A “watch” status remains in place for the Pincher Creek region, which includes the Town of Pincher Creek, MD of Pincher Creek (including the hamlets of Beaver Mines, Lowland Heights, Lundbreck, Pincher Station and Twin Butte), Village of Cowley and Piikani Nation.

Cardston County/Kainai, the MD of Willow Creek and the MD of Taber are also under “watch status.” The Blood Tribe, situated in Cardston County, has limited gatherings to 15 people indoors and 50 outdoors within their community at this time.

In total, 10,843 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Alberta, with 127 reported today (8,384 tested). Of those, 9,261 have recovered from the virus, there are 1,386 active cases and 196 people have now died (one new death reported today). There are 86 people hospitalized, with 17 in intensive care.

South Zone Information – 1,649 cases (8 new) 

1,486 people (about 91 per cent of confirmed south zone cases) have recovered from COVID-19.

There are 147 active cases of the virus in Alberta’s south zone. Sixteen people have died since the onset of the pandemic in March.

Fifteen people are currently hospitalized, with three of those in intensive care.

Outbreak sites remain indicated at Friesen Livestock and South Country Village, both in Medicine Hat.

Community Breakdown for Friday, July 31

Data is up-to-date as of midnight July 30

* Indicates a change in statistics since the previous day’s report

Pincher Creek Region – 10 active, 12 recovered 

Crowsnest Pass – 1 active, 1 recovered

Fort Macleod – 11 active, 22 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new active, 2 new recoveries

Cardston County/Kainai – 23 active, 60 recovered, 2 deaths
* 1 new active, 1 new recovery

County of Warner – 5 active, 48 recovered, 1 death

Lethbridge – 51 active, 74 recovered, 2 deaths
* 5 new active, 2 new recoveries

Lethbridge County – 8 active, 18 recovered
* 1 new recovery
MD of Taber – 19 active, 18 recovered 

City of Brooks – 1 active, 1,113 recovered, 9 deaths

County of Newell – 4 active, 20 recovered
* 1 new active

County of Forty Mile – 3 active, 9 recovered 

Cypress County – 31 recovered

Medicine Hat – 8 active, 53 recovered, 1 death
* 1 new recovery

Oyen – 5 active, 7 recovered
* 2 new recoveries

All COVID-positive cases are followed up urgently by Alberta Health Services. If you have a positive test, you will be contacted directly by AHS. The Communicable Disease Control team does confidential contact tracing and follows stringent guidelines to determine who is considered a close contact. Those people will be contacted directly.

If you have a positive test, you are not expected to do your own contact tracing and are discouraged from doing so as many factors determine who is considered to be a close contact.

If you have not been contacted by AHS, you are not considered to be a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

Ten active cases in a population of 8,302 in the Pincher Creek region translates to 120.5 per 100,000.

Crowsnest Pass has one active case in a population of 6,321, which is the equivalent of 15.8 in 100,000. 

Regions are designated by Alberta Health as “open,” “watch” or “enhanced” under the province’s relaunch strategy.

Open status indicates low risk, with less than 50 active cases per 100,000 and no additional restrictions in place. 

Watch status indicates at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000, with provincial and local governments monitoring risk. 

Enhanced status is when risk levels require additional public health measures to control the spread of COVID-19 and is determined based on local context.

Residents are to continue following all public health orders and gathering restrictions:

  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 14 days for anyone who is a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or who return to, or entered Alberta from outside of Canada
  • Minimum mandatory isolation for 10 days for anyone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness or breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people for indoor social events (such as weddings and funerals), 100 for outdoor social events and indoor seated/audience events, and 200 for audience-type community outdoor events.
  • See detailed information below, in second segment of this post
  • No additional measures are currently in place but people are to continue maintaining physical distancing of two metres from people outside of one’s own household or cohort and to continue practising good hand hygiene.
  • The province’s relaunch status map can be viewed at undefined

See below for information on being prepared for COVID-19.

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Statistical updates will be provided on weekdays and paused on weekends and holidays to coincide with AHS reporting. Should something urgent happen on a weekend or holiday, a special report will be released.

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Being prepared for COVID-19

COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets of liquid produced by people with the virus, which are spread by coughing, sneezing, talking, laughing and singing. It is also contracted by touching objects or surfaces the virus has landed on and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

The incubation period for COVID-19 is usually two to 10 days, but can be up to 14 days. 

Symptoms to be aware of include fever over 38 degrees C, new cough or worsening chronic cough, new or worsening shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, chills, painful swallowing, stuffy nose, headache, muscle or joint aches, fatigue, severe exhaustion, generalized feeling of unwellness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell or taste or conjunctivitis (pink eye).

People infected with COVID-19 can spread it to others before they start to feel sick themselves. Spread of COVID-19 happens mainly from people with symptoms, but asymptomatic transmission is possible, even if the person is feeling well.

Self-isolation helps prevent spread of the disease through avoidance of situations where one can infect other people.

All Albertans can be, and are encouraged to be, tested for COVID-19, whether or not they are showing symptoms. Self-assessment tool and test booking are available at undefined. Those without online access to this tool can call Health Link at 811.

Those who test positive for COVID-19 work with Alberta Health contact tracers to identify others who may have been exposed to the virus. If you have been exposed to a known positive case, you will be contacted directly by AHS.

Most people recover without needing special treatment, however, it can cause serious illness in some and there is risk of death in severe cases. 

You are legally required to isolate if: 

  • You test positive for COVID-19  — required to isolate a minimum of 10 days from start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer
  • You have known exposure to COVID-19 but tested negative — required to isolate for the full 14 days as symptoms may still develop during this time and you may test positive after initially testing negative the first time
  • You have symptoms NOT related to a pre-existing illness or health condition — required to isolate a minimum of 10 days from start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer
    • Cough (new or worsening chronic cough)
    • Fever (over 38 degrees C)
    • Shortness of breath (new or worsening)
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
  • You are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 (one who provides care, lives with or has close physical contact without appropriate use of PPE, or comes into direct contact with infectious body fluids) — required to isolate 14 days and monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you feel well, whichever takes longer
  • You are a traveller returning to or entering Alberta from outside Canada — required to isolate 14 days. If you become sick during this time, you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the beginning of symptoms or until you feel well, whichever takes longer

You do not have to self-isolate if:

  • You are awaiting asymptomatic test results
  • You have no symptoms of illness
  • You have symptoms of illness that are related to a pre-existing illness or health condition
  • You have tested negative for COVID-19 and have no known exposure to the virus and have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition. Alberta Health suggests you stay home when sick with any illness, until symptoms resolve; however, if your COVID test is negative, this is not legally required.
  • If you have any of these other symptoms, Alberta Health advises you to stay home and minimize your contact with others until your symptoms resolve
    • Chills
    • Painful swallowing
    • Stuffy nose
    • Headache
    • Muscle or joint aches
    • Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion
    • Gastrointestinal symptoms – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite
    • Loss of sense of smell or taste
    • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

Monitor your health and call Health Link 811 if you have questions or concerns. Call 911 immediately if experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19, including difficulty breathing, severe chest pain, feelings of confusion or loss of consciousness.

Testing will indicate whether you have COVID-19 at the time of your test, even if you are not showing symptoms. Testing will not tell you whether you have previously had COVID-19. It will also not tell you whether or not you have any immunity to COVID-19.

If your test result indicates you do not have COVID-19, you must still practise physical distancing of two metres between yourself and people outside of your household or cohort.

For complete isolation requirements, visit undefined

Protect yourself and help prevent spread of COVID-19:

  • Practise physical distancing of two metres between yourself and people outside of your household or cohort
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Self-isolate as per requirements above
  • Wear a mask in public places where physical distancing is not possible 
  • Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands and try to do so at less busy times
  • Practise good hygiene: wash hands often for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes and avoid touching face with unwashed hands
  • Monitor for symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat
  • Follow gathering restrictions
    • Maximum 50 people for indoor social gatherings, including weddings and funerals
    • Maximum 200 people for outdoor audience-type events like festivals, firework displays, rodeos and sporting events, and performances
    • Maximum 100 people for other outdoor events, including social events like weddings and funerals
    • Maximum 100 people for indoor seated/audience events like wedding ceremonies, funeral services, movie theatres, arts and culture performances and other spectator events where people remain seated
    • Full details undefined
  • Get tested – All Albertans can be and are encouraged to be tested whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms
    • Complete the self-assessment and book a test online at undefined or call Health Link 811 for assistance
  • Download the ABTraceTogether mobile contact tracing app here undefined and use when in public places. The app helps let you know if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or if you’ve exposed others.
  • Avoid travel outside of Canada and non-essential travel outside of Alberta. View all travel restrictions here undefined

Mask info:

  • Free non-medical masks are available again at Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass A&W and Tim Hortons locations and Pincher Creek McDonald’s while supplies last, or by calling 211. There are eight masks allotted per person and people are encouraged to pick up mask packages for family and friends to reduce traffic at partnering restaurants.
  • Mask use is not mandatory
  • Wearing a mask enhances, but does not replace, the prevention measures listed above
  • It has not been proven that a mask protects the wearer, but it can help protect others from being exposed to your germs
  • Alberta Health recommends masks when physical distance of two metres cannot be maintained for a prolonged period of time
    • Grocery stores, pharmacies and some retail stores
    • Hair salons and barbershops
    • Public transit and airplanes
  • If worn incorrectly, you can accidentally spread infection instead of preventing it

Do not use a mask: 

  • If it is dirty or damaged
  • If it gaps or doesn’t fit well
  • If it has been used by another person
  • With children under the age of two years
  • With anyone who has trouble breathing
  • When you are only with people from your own household

Proper mask use:

  • Wash or sanitize hands before putting a mask on, before taking it off and after taking it off as masks can become contaminated on the outside or when touched with hands
  • Tighten with ties or ear loops to reduce gaps
  • Keep nose, mouth and chin covered at all times
  • Remove if wet, torn or dirty
  • Dispose of a used single-use mask in a lined garbage bin
  • Store a used cloth mask in a sealed bag until it can be washed in hot, soapy water
  • Cloth masks should have multiple layers of fabric, fit securely against your face, allow for clear breathing and be washable

What not to do:

  • Don’t touch your face under the mask
  • Don’t touch the front of the mask – remove or adjust using the ties or ear loops
  • Don’t wear it under your nose or your chin
  • Don’t wear a wet, torn or dirty mask
  • Don’t wear the same mask for a long period of time – change it when it becomes damp
  • Don’t share with another person

Caring for your cloth mask:

  • Store in a sealed and clean storage bag in a dry area
  • Used cloth masks should be put directly into the washing machine or into a bag that can be emptied into the machine (throw the bag out after use)
  • Launder with other items using hot water and dry thoroughly

Special assistance:

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on mental health and other areas of life. Resources are available through these 24-hour help lines and online resources:

  • Pincher Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter, call 1-888-354-4868
  • Mental Health Help Line, call 1-877-303-2642
  • Addiction Help Line, call 1-866-332-2322
  • Help in Tough Times undefined
  • Mental Health and Coping with COVID-19 undefined

The above material has been compiled from Alberta Health resources

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