There are now 1,146 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta as of Wednesday’s update by the province. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

There are now 1,146 active cases of COVID-19 in Alberta as of Wednesday’s update by the province. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

94 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, two more deaths

1,146 active cases with 9,891 recovered cases

COVID-19 cases across the province rose by 94 on Wednesday.

The slight rise is contrasted by some positive numbers on the weekend, when chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw was encouraged by what she saw.

“We still have a long way to go, but these are encouraging signs. They remind us that we are not powerless in this fight, and that working together, we can limit the spread across Alberta,” Hinshaw said in her twice-weekly briefing earlier this week.

After four consecutive days below 75 cases, Wednesday’s 94 brought the total number of active cases in the province to 1,146, with 9,891 recovered cases.

Seventy-five people are now in hospital in Alberta, with 20 in the ICU. There were also two additional deaths Wednesday, including one in the central zone, bringing the death toll to 203 in the province and four within the zone.

Despite the additional death, the central zone saw a decrease in the number of active cases, dropping from 211 to 193 Wednesday.

In total, 285 people have recovered from the virus in the region, while 13 people are in hospital and three are in the ICU. Red Deer remains at 10 active COVID-19 cases, with 21 people recovering from the virus.

Starland County is still one of the hardest-hit areas in the zone, with 60 active cases and 15 recoveries. Beaver County is also seeing a rise in cases, with 65 active in the area.

Lacombe County and the County of Stettler each have seven active cases. Kneehill County has six active cases and Red Deer County has four active cases.

Both the City of Lacome and the Town of Sylvan Lake have two active cases. The City of Camrose has two active cases, while the County of Camrose has one active case. Olds, Ponoka County, Wetaskiwin and the City of Wetaskiwin have no active cases.

The County of Paintearth and Flagstaff County each have five active cases.

In the Calgary zone, there are 428 active cases, with 6,098 recovered. Only 19 people are in hospital in the zone, with one in the ICU.

In the Edmonton zone, there are 308 cases, with 1,443 recovered. Currently, 25 people are in hospital, with eight in the ICU.

The province completed just over 7,000 COVID-19 tests in the past 24 hours and has registered close to 730,000 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Hinshaw added that it will be up to Albertans to keep up with the protocols in order to keep cases contained as the summer winds down.

“It is just a few weeks from the end of summer and the start of fall. The choices we all make now will determine the caseloads through late August and early September. It is within our control to get cases as low as possible for the fall to support students returning to school and businesses returning to work,” Hinshaw said.

“Simple steps can save lives and control the spread.”

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta premier Jason Kenney declared a public health state of emergency Tuesday and sweeping new measures as COVID-19 cases in the province continue to rise. (photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Kenney declares state of public health emergency as COVID-19 cases rise

High schools shift to online learning, businesses face new restrictions

The tree decorated in red decorations is called the Buffalo Plaid Cottage Tree. Papple says this tree has more of a "taditional, cottage-y feel." (Photo Submitted)
Sylvan Lake resident auctioning decorated Christmas trees to help local charities

Shauntel Papple is auctioning two fully decorated trees to benefit AACS and Youth Unlimited

A roundabout is proposed at the intersection of Hwy 11 and 781. (Photo Courtesy of McElhanney Engineering)
Twinning of Hwy. 11 to see roundabouts at Sylvan Lake, Benalto and Eckville intersections

Five roundabouts are planned along Hwy. 11 as part of the previously announced twinning

On Sept. 29 the First Sylvan Lake Sparks decorated the sidewalks at the Bethany Care Centre with pictures and uplifting messages. Pictured left to right are Maddie, Nora, Teagan, and Isabelle. At the time all Girl Guide meetings and activities had to be held outside. (Photo Submitted)
Sylvan Lake Girl Guides planning cookie drive-thru this weekend

The cookie drive-thru is Nov. 29 from 12-4 in the high school parking lot

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, announced the province surpasses one million COVID-19 tests Friday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
COVID-19: Central zone active cases up by 100 in last 24 hours

Most central Alberta communities under province’s enhanced measures list

Kyle Charles poses for a photo in Edmonton on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. Marvel Entertainment, the biggest comic book publisher in the world, hired the 34-year-old First Nations illustrator as one of the artists involved in Marvel Voice: Indigenous Voices #1 in August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
VIDEO: Indigenous illustrator of new Marvel comic hopes Aboriginal women feel inspired

Kyle Charles says Indigenous women around the world have reached out

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s inability to manufacture vaccines in-house will delay distribution: Trudeau

First doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected in first few months of 2021, prime minister says

This undated photo issued by the University of Oxford shows of vial of coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)
VIDEO: How do the leading COVID vaccines differ? And what does that mean for Canada?

All three of the drug companies are incorporating novel techniques in developing their vaccines

Ilaria Rubino is shown in this undated handout image at University of Alberta. Alberta researcher Rubino has developed technology allowing mostly salt to kill pathogens in COVID-19 droplets as they land on a mask. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Alberta
Alberta researcher gets award for COVID-19 mask innovation

The salt-coated mask is expected to be available commercially next year after regulatory approval.

Russ and Luanne Carl are sharing about their experiences of fighting COVID-19 this past summer. (Photo submitted)
Stettler couple opens up about COVID-19 battle

Luanne and Russ Carl urge others to bolster personal safety measures amidst ongoing pandemic

This 2019 photo provided by The ALS Association shows Pat Quinn. Quinn, a co-founder of the viral ice bucket challenge, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, at the age of 37. (Scott Kauffman/The ALS Association via AP)
Co-founder of viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dies at 37

Pat Quinn was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 2013

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti speaks with the media following party caucus in Ottawa, Tuesday, January 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Exclusion of mental health as grounds for assisted death is likely temporary: Lametti

Senators also suggested the exclusion renders the bill unconstitutional

Claudio Mastronardi, Toronto branch manager at Carmichael Engineering, is photographed at the company’s offices in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. As indoor air quality becomes a major concern in places of business, HVAC companies are struggling to keep up with demand for high quality filtration systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Business is booming for HVAC companies as commercial buildings see pandemic upgrades

‘The demand right now is very high. People are putting their health and safety ahead of cost’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak to the media about the COVID-19 virus outside Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Long-awaited federal rent subsidy program for businesses hurt by COVID-19 opens today

The new program will cover up to 65 per cent of rent or commercial mortgage interest

Most Read