November 28th, 2020

Fifth COVID-19 death in Lethbridge reported


By Jensen, Randy on November 4, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALD

The death toll in Lethbridge from COVID-19 has risen by one to five, according to the latest numbers released by Alberta Health.

The latest numbers account for four days due to routine maintenance to Alberta Health’s case data system.

The number of confirmed cases in the South Zone increased by 129 over four days to 2,508 with one death in Lethbridge.

Along with Lethbridge and Lethbridge County, Brooks, Newell and Forty Mile are also under “watch” status.

In Lethbridge, the active case total dropped by six to 153 while the number of recoveries increased by 63 to 411.

Alberta Health Services declared a COVID-19 outbreak Tuesday with two cases at Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School. As a result, the school is required to follow AHS direction and protocols.

At this time, based on advice from Alberta Education, Senator Joyce Fairbairn Middle School will remain open.

AHS has proceeded with defining close contacts of the two cases within the school context, and those individuals will be contacted by the school via email.

One COVID-19 case has been confirmed at General Stewart Elementary School and the Lethbridge School Division said the school schedule will proceed as normal.

Meanwhile, the City said curbing the spread of COVID-19 is in your hands.

– Hand wash and sanitize;

– Hands off! Maintain physical distancing; and

– Wear a handy mask

A significant number of outbreak-linked cases in Alberta are from social gatherings with 15 per cent of outbreaks from such events and one-third of people infected in outbreaks contracted the virus while socializing or celebrating.

New restrictions were recently put in place in Calgary and Edmonton limiting cohorts to no more than three. This is a voluntary public health measure to stop the rapid rise of COVID in the City of Calgary and the Edmonton Zone. The City of Lethbridge is urging residents to be proactive by considering similar measures.

More information can be found at: https://www.alberta.ca/restrictions-on-gatherings.aspx.

For more information on the City of Lethbridge’s response to COVID-19 visit http://www.lethbridge.ca/covid19.

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