In her update on Dec. 28, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw stated that although numbers declined over the holidays, that is due to a pause in testing.
“Cases continue to decline, in part, due to less people presenting for testing over the past several days, which is not surprising due to the holidays,” said Hinshaw.
”Our positivity rate over the past few days has ranged from 6.4 per cent to 9.6 per cent. The trend in those needing hospital and ICU has not come down. There are 878 people in hospital, including 148 in ICU.”
According to the geospatial map on alberta.ca, under the local geographic setting, there were 52 active cases in Ponoka County East and 13 active in Rimbey (Ponoka County West and partial Lacombe County) as of the end-of-day on Dec. 27 when the map was last updated.
The outbreak declared on Dec. 9 at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre continues. There have now been nine staff and five patients tested positive for COVID-19 as of Dec. 29.
COVID-19 positive admissions are being redirected to Wetaskiwin.
The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury is listed on alberta.ca as having an outbreak.
Outbreaks are declared over when four weeks have passed with no new transmission, so outbreaks mentioned may not have any current transmissions.
As of Dec. 28, there were 480 active cases, 581 recovered, 13 hospitalized and five deceased in Maskwacis.
Testing is available on Dec. 29 until 4 p.m. at the Maskwacis Ambulance Bay and until 3 p.m. at Louis Bull Firehall.