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Alberta Chief Medicial Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 19 deaths due to the COVID-19 virus. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

One new COVID-19 death in Red Deer, 543 new cases

Central zone has 692 active cases of COVID-19

  • Jan 29, 2021
Alberta Chief Medicial Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported an additional 19 deaths due to the COVID-19 virus. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Premier Jason Kenney provided an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health. Additional health measures will be eased for restaurants, indoor fitness and some children’s activities, effective Feb. 8. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Kenney lifts some COVID-19 restrictions, reopens restaurants and gyms Feb. 8

Step 1 of easing restrictions starts Feb. 8

  • Jan 29, 2021
Premier Jason Kenney provided an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health. Additional health measures will be eased for restaurants, indoor fitness and some children’s activities, effective Feb. 8. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
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Maskwacis receives Moderna vaccines

Ermineskin Elders and frontline workers received their first dose of the Moderna…

  • Jan 29, 2021
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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that measures put in place to fight COVID-19 have lead to a sharp decline in influenza cases. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

7 new deaths, 461 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta

Central zone has 710 active cases

  • Jan 28, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said that measures put in place to fight COVID-19 have lead to a sharp decline in influenza cases. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
The new and improved tub room in Ponoka LTC. (Photos submitted)

Ponoka LTC long-awaited tub room reno now complete

The long term care residents now have an new-and-improved tub and shower room

The new and improved tub room in Ponoka LTC. (Photos submitted)
RCMP logo. Black Press file photo.

Ponoka ITU respond to fatal rollover on Hwy. 2

Adult female dies in rollover in Lacombe County

RCMP logo. Black Press file photo.
One of the Crestomere 4-H members during their bottle drive. (Photo submitted)
One of the Crestomere 4-H members during their bottle drive. (Photo submitted)
“Let us play” was chanted by many youth hockey players as the marched down the street in Bentley wearing their hockey jerseys and carrying signs attached to hockey sticks, Jan. 26. The peaceful protest was one of many in Alberta as minor hockey players, coaches and parents demand the restrictions on sports be loosened to allow kids back on the ice. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)

Bentley Minor Hockey holds ‘Let Them Play’ rally

The rally was held at the Bentley arena Tuesday afternoon, one was also held in Rimbey on Saturday

“Let us play” was chanted by many youth hockey players as the marched down the street in Bentley wearing their hockey jerseys and carrying signs attached to hockey sticks, Jan. 26. The peaceful protest was one of many in Alberta as minor hockey players, coaches and parents demand the restrictions on sports be loosened to allow kids back on the ice. (Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News)
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 12 additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Alberta surpasses 100k COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

459 new cases of COVID-19

  • Jan 27, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 12 additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province still hopes to bring the hospitalization number down before relaxing restrictions. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

14 new deaths, 366 new COVID-19 cases in Alberta

Province nearing 100K COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

  • Jan 26, 2021
Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said the province still hopes to bring the hospitalization number down before relaxing restrictions. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
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OUR COMMUNITY: Central Alberta researchers are innovators in agricultural sciences

Jessica Sperber of Ponoka, and David MacTaggart of Lacombe awarded prestigious scholarship

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Ponoka RCMP receives new police puppy trainee

The Ponoka RCMP detachment has said goodbye to their police dog trainee…

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Town of Ponoka snow removal, ice control update

Residents reminded to keep their sidewalks clear

  • Jan 26, 2021
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Elder Muriel Lee. (Photo submitted)

Maskwacis Elder Mentoring Program connects Elders with young parents

By Chevi Rabbit For Ponoka News The Maskwacis Elders Mentoring Program, which…

  • Jan 25, 2021
Elder Muriel Lee. (Photo submitted)
SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories

Alberta adds 463 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

The central zone has 818 active cases

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories
As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)

Alberta identifies 573 new COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths on Saturday

There are currently 9,727 active cases of the virus in the province

As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)

Three new COVID-19 deaths in Central zone, Alberta under 10,000 active cases

The Central zone sits at 849 active cases, with 52 people in hospital and 10 in the ICU.

  • Jan 22, 2021
As of Friday, Alberta has under 10,000 active COVID-19 cases. (Image courtesy CDC)
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After several years in limbo, Parkland Manor to be torn down

Rimoka Housing Foundation has received funding and approval for the demolition

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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 16 additional deaths Thursday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

No easing of Alberta’s COVID-19 measures Thursday, 678 new COVID-19 cases

The province also hit 1,500 COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic

  • Jan 21, 2021
Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 16 additional deaths Thursday. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)