January 20th, 2021

First two COVID deaths in Lethbridge

By Jensen, Randy on July 29, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

According to Alberta Health, Lethbridge now has 38 active cases of COVID-19, and has had its first two recorded deaths from the virus this past week.

One of those deaths occurred on the westside and the other on the northside. The two victims were among the three total COVID-19 deaths in the South Zone in that time period. All three victims were males in their 70s and 80s.

According to AHS sources, there are eight people admitted in Chinook Regional Hospital due to the disease, and two of those are in intensive care.

The total cases of COVID-19 in the city sits at 110 with 70 recovered.

Breakdown by area within the city shows west Lethbridge has had 45 cases to date, 12 of which are still active, with one death. South Lethbridge has 33 cases with 12 active. North Lethbridge has 31 cases with 14 active and one death.

In the South Zone as a whole there have been 1,616 cases to date with 140 active. Altogether the South Zone has recorded 16 deaths since the pandemic began.

The South Zone had one of the largest single spikes in new cases of COVID-19 between July 20 and July 26 since data tracking was implemented back in March.

There were 91 new cases over the past week, with young people between the age of 20 and 29 making up the vast majority of them.

Cardston County has 25 active cases while M.D. of Taber has 15 active. There are eight active cases in Lethbridge County and six active in County of Warner.

Alberta Health also reports nearly all of the new cases come from transmission sources which are unknown at this time. This means AHS has been unable to track the vectors which have led to the new cases, and the disease appears to be now circulating in the general community and not just among family groups or close networks of individuals.

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It’s very disconcerting to know that the”disease appears to be now circulating in the general community”.

This is another reason why we need to expand the parameters of the proposed mask bylaw.