COVID-19 Weekly Regional Update

COVID-19 Weekly Regional Update

Michelle Pinon
News Advertiser

Case counts continue to drop as the vaccine rollout starts to ramp up.

Today, is the first day seniors 75 years of age and over can book an appointment to have the Covid-19 vaccine.

Appointments can either be booked online or by calling 811. As well, appointment availability will be determined by vaccine supply.

Minister of Seniors and Housing Josephine Pon stated, “Access for eligible seniors to receive a vaccine is crucial. Please reach out to seniors who are 75-plus in your life and offer assistance if they need help with their appointments.”

Alberta’s Chief Medicial Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw stated, “We know that age is the greatest determining factor in whether someone may experience severe outcomes due to COVID-19. I want to remind our eligible seniors that vaccines are safe and effective. Now that it is your turn, please arrange to be immunized to protect yourselves and those around you.”

Health Minister Tyler Shandro pointed out, “Having more vaccine arriving in our province means we can continue protecting our most vulnerable citizens as quickly as possible, starting with those who are most at risk of severe outcomes. Immunizing our seniors against COVID-19 is another important step forward in keeping our families, our communities and our health-care system safe.”

As of Feb. 22, 180,755 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Alberta. This is 4,087.7 doses per 100,000 population. There are now 73,718 Albertans who’ve been fully vaccinated with two doses.

As of February 21, there were 267 new cases of Covid-19 in the province. There were 326 people in hospital and 51 people in ICU. The total of active cases were 4,516. There were 1,853 deaths. Altogether, 125,234 people have recovered from Covid-19.

In Smoky Lake County there were 641 cases, 82 active cases, 550 recovered cases and nine deaths. In Vegreville/Minburn County there were 148 cases, one active case, 143 recovered cases, and four deaths. In Two Hills County there were 110 cases, two active cases, 106 recovered cases, and two deaths. In Lamont County there were 86 cases, one active case, 89 recovered cases, and zero deaths.  In Tofield, (Beaver County West) there were 95 cases, two active cases, 92 recovered cases and one death. In Viking, (Beaver County East) there were 90 cases, zero active cases, 89 recovered cases and one death.