COVID-19: Central zone at 145 active cases

Sylvan Lake at three active

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says “knock it off” to those people who want to hang out in large groups in closed quarters amid the ongoing pandemic.

The rising case numbers are troubling the premier, he said Tuesday.

Alberta confirmed 141 COVID-19 cases Tuesday. Two more Albertans died between Monday and Tuesday bringing the death toll to 172 in the province.

The City of Red Deer had 12 active cases Tuesday, an increase of one from Monday.

In the central zone, there were 131 active cases Monday. On Tuesday that number went up to 145, with 29 people in hospital and five in intensive care. There are 102 recovered cases in the local zone. To date, there have been 248 confirmed cases in the central zone.

Twenty-nine people were also in hospital in Edmonton zone with seven of those in intensive care Tuesday. The zone has 233 active cases with 1,156 recovered.

In central Alberta, the Town of Sylvan Lake is at three active cases, Lacombe County and Ponoka County at eight each, Red Deer County at six, Mountain View County at two, County of Stettler at 20 and City of Wetaskiwin at three active cases.

City of Lacombe, County of Wetaskiwin and Clearwater County have no active cases.

Premier Jason Kenney said countless sacrifices have been made by Albertans in the last few months.

“But it looks like some folks are no longer observing the public health guidelines,” he said.

That could be because may be people are tired of the virus, or they believe the COVID-19 threat is exaggerated, or may be healthy people aren’t worried about getting sick themselves.

“Whatever the reasons, the results are troubling, and so today I plead with Albertans not to give up on the progress we’ve made. The last thing we want to have to do is reinforce damaging restrictions on our economy and our freedoms,” said the premier.

“Let me be blunt, if you think you can socialize with large groups of people in closed quarters, knock it off.

“If you’re young and healthy, remember you could still carry and transmit the virus that ends up killing someone who is old and vulnerable,” he said, asking Albertans to follow public health measures.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health, also explained her concern over growing number of active cases in the province.

On a more positive note, she said this past weekend there were improvements at Alberta’s beach communities including Sylvan Lake, Chestermere and Alberta Beach, said Hinshaw.

“We had very few reports of issues at beaches across the province,” said Hinshaw, adding that was a stark improvement from the weekend prior.

Sylvan Lake beefed up enforcement along its waterfront to avoid a repeat of overcrowding, as it did on the weekend of July 11.



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