COVID-19 Mini-UPDATE – January 18, 2021

As of January 18, 2021 Alberta Health confirmed 1,941 new cases since Jan. 15.

There are 286 new cases in the North Zone since Jan 15.

There has been 4 deaths recorded in the North Zone since Jan 15.

7,513 cases have recovered in the North Zone which holds at 82% of the cases.

Dr. Hinshaw indicated, today, that the average death total for influenza per year is 58. COVID-19 has surpassed this average in less then a week in January.

School status classification

Updated reporting took effect January 18, 2021 on the School Status Map.

Open

  • No school status to report.
  • The school continues near normal operations with public health measures in place.

Alert (1 to 4 cases)

  • Parents are notified by their child’s school when a single confirmed case and when multiple confirmed cases are identified within the school.
  • Schools with 2 or more cases are reported on the map.
  • When 2 or more confirmed cases are identified within the school, public health officials initiate an investigation to monitor risk level and work with the school.
  • After the first 2 cases within 14 days are identified, additional cases in the school will be included in the investigation as long as there is less than 28 days between subsequent cases.
  • The alert investigation is considered over when there have been no new confirmed cases in the school for 28 days.

Outbreak (5 to 9 cases) and (10+ cases)

  • An outbreak is reported when 5 or more cases are confirmed in an investigation, where the disease could have been acquired or transmitted in the school.
  • Outbreaks are reported on the map as 5 to 9 cases or 10+ cases.
  • Risk monitoring continues. Additional public health measures may be required. The school may move to scenario 2 (partial in-person classes) or scenario 3 (at-home learning).
  • The outbreak investigation is considered over when there have been no new confirmed cases in the school for 28 days.

January 18, 2021

There are three(3) ALERTS for the North Zone.

There are 117,311 reported cases in Alberta, and 1,447 deaths in Alberta (760 in Edmonton zone, 463 in Calgary Zone, 88 in North Zone, 70 in the Central Zone, 66 in the South Zone). Of the 117,311 cases, 739 are in the hospital including 120 in ICU (Intensive Care). 103,941 cases have recovered, which moves up to 90% of the cases in Alberta.

There are 11,923 active cases in Alberta. Calgary:4,463, Edmonton:4,237, North:1,636, Central:1,148, South:413, Unknown:26.

There have been 11 deaths recorded for Alberta in the last 24 hours. Of the 11 deaths: 1 in the North Zone, 5 in the Edmonton Zone, and 5 in the Calgary Zone.

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January 18, 2021 update by Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health.

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