File photo

Red Deer hits record 615 active COVID-19 cases Saturday

Central zone has 2,105 active cases

Red Deer has hit a new high in active COVID-19 cases.

On Saturday, the city had 615 active cases of the virus, according to geospatial mapping on the provincial government’s website. This is higher than a previous record of 574, reported earlier this year.

A total of 1,592 new cases were identified throughout Alberta Saturday, which includes 1,132 variants of concern. There are now 19,702 active cases in the province, to go along with the 158,603 recovered cases.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said 60.9 per cent of active cases in Alberta have been identified as variants of concern.

Five new deaths were also reported Saturday, bringing the province’s death toll to 2,064.

“This weekend, please follow all public health measures: no indoor gatherings, keep two metres apart and wear a mask in public. If you develop symptoms, stay home and book a test,” Hinshaw said on Twitter.

When looking at the province’s geospatial mapping for COVID-19 cases on the municipality setting, regions are defined by metropolitan areas, cities, urban service areas, rural areas and towns with approximately 10,000 or more people; smaller regions are incorporated into the corresponding rural area.

With that setting, Red Deer County has 138 active cases of the virus, Lacombe County has 88 and Clearwater County sits at 54.

The City Lacombe has 114 active and Sylvan Lake has 66 active cases, while Olds sits at 93 active. Mountain View County sits at 83 active, Kneehill County has 42 active and Drumheller has 20 active.

Camrose County sits at 72 active cases and the County of Stettler has 27. The City of Camrose is at 142 active cases.

On the local geographic area setting, Wetaskiwin County, including Maskwacis, has 200 active. Ponoka, including East Ponoka County, has 108 active cases and Rimbey, which includes West Ponoka County and parts of Lacombe County, has 22 active.

Overall the central zone has 2,105 active cases.

There are currently 584 hospitalizations caused by COVID-19 throughout the province – 129 of the individuals in hospital have been admitted into an intensive care unit.

In the central zone, 49 have been hospitalized, with five of those individuals in intensive care.

As of Friday, 1,361,365 doses of vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

This story corrects the total number of active cases in Red Deer.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

The owner of Mae’s Kitchen in Mirror, says hamlet residents were ‘disheartened’ by a recent anti-restriction protest. The restaurant is following all the health restrictions in place. (Photo courtesy Mae’s Kitchen Facebook)
‘We don’t need that’: Mirror restaurant against recent anti-restriction protest

Mae’s Kitchen is located less than two kilometres from The Whistle Stop

Asymptomatic testing will now be available for "priority groups" who are most likely to spread the COVID-19 virus to vulnerable or at-risk populations. File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Alberta adds 1,195 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Red Deer has dropped to 760 active cases

MP Damien Kurek receives his COVID-19 vaccination. (Photo submitted)
Local elected representatives get the jab

MP Damien Kurek and MLA Lovely get their COVID-19 vaccinations

(Historica Canada)
VIDEO: Heritage Minute marks 100th anniversary of work to discover insulin

Video centres on Leonard Thompson, 13, the first patient to receive successful injections for Type 1 diabetes

Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Black Press Media files)
Canada marks 25,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began

6 in every 10,000 Canadians died of COVID-19 since March 9, 2020

Capt. Jenn Casey died in a crash just outside of Kamloops, B.C., on May 17, 2020. (CF Snowbirds)
Snowbirds to honour Capt. Casey, who died in B.C. crash, in 2021 tour

Tour will kick off in Ontario in June before heading west

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. Dr. Ben Chan remembers hearing the preliminary reports back in March of blood clots appearing in a handful of European recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Science on COVID, VITT constantly changing: A look at how doctors keep up

While VITT can represent challenges as a novel disorder, blood clots themselves are not new

Welcoming cowboy boots at the historic and colourful Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne near Drumheller, Alta., on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. The bar and hotel are up for sale. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘It was a going concern’: Remaining bar and hotel in Alberta coal ghost town for sale

The historic Last Chance Saloon in the ghost town of Wayne in southern Alberta is up for sale

The lights of several emergency vehicles could be seen near the Sunken Bridge on May 13. (Photo submitted)
Patient airlifted from Ponoka with serious injuries

RCMP, fire, STARS respond to single vehicle rollover May 13

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

An Israeli attack helicopter launches flares as he flies over the Israeli Gaza border, southern Israel, Thursday, May 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Singh calls for halt on Canadian arms sales to Israel as violence escalates in region

Government data shows Canada sent $13.7 million in military goods and technology to Israel in 2019

Most Read