COVID-19 UPDATE – April 27, 2020

As of April 27, Alberta Health has confirmed 216 new cases in Alberta in the last 24 hours.

There are a total of 11 new cases in the North Zone in the last 24 hours : 5 new cases in MD of Smoky River, 2 new cases in Big Lakes County, 1 new case in the County of St. Paul, 2 new cases in the city of Fort McMurray, and the first case in the MD Opportunity No.17.

Regions are defined by rural municipalities, city boundaries, and urban service areas; smaller regions (i.e. towns, villages, and reserves) are incorporated into the corresponding rural area. Cases without a postal code or incorrect postal codes are not included. Location information missing/invalid for: 48 case(s).

There has been 0 deaths in the North Zone in the last 24 hours.

Currently, Mackenzie County (Northwest corner of Alberta:High Level, Fort Vermillion, La Crete, Rainbow Lake) has 19 active cases – the highest in the North Zone. Out of a total of 20 cases, 1 person has recovered.

There are 16 active cases in the MD of Smoky River(Falher, McLennan, Girouxville, Donnelly, Guy, Jean Cote, Kathleen, Winagami), the second highest of cases in the North Zone. Out of a total of 60 cases, 34 people have recovered. A total of 10 people have died in the MD of Smoky River, the highest number of losses in the North Zone.

The Big Lakes County(High Prairie, Enilda, Faust, Joussard, Kinuso, Grouard, Heart River, Salt Prairie, Big Prairie, Prairie Echo Gilwood, Triangle) has 15 active cases and a total of 15 people have recovered. There have been a total of 2 deaths in the Big Lakes County, the 2nd highest number of losses in the North Zone.

The first case of COVID-19 has been reported in the MD of Opportunity (North of Slave Lake & Athabasca:Calling Lake, Peerless Lake, Red Earth Creek, Wabasca-Desmarais, Trout Lake, Chipewyan Lake).

14 cases have been reported on Bearspaw First Nation in Eden Valley down in Southern Alberta. There is still only 1 case at Sucker Creek First Nation in Big Lakes County.

There are 185 cases in the North Zone, 4488 cases in Alberta, and 73 deaths in Alberta (10 in Edmonton zone, 48 in Calgary Zone, 14 in North Zone, 1 in the Central Zone, and 2 in the South Zone). Of the 4488 cases, 20 are in ICU (Intensive Care) and 1549 have recovered.

There has been 2 deaths recorded for Alberta in the last 24 hours, both in the Calgary Zone.

Canada has 48,500 confirmed cases. There have been 2,707 deaths recorded.
There have been 18,215 recovered cases in Canada.

The USA has 957,875 confirmed cases. There are 53,922 deaths recorded.

There are 2,883,603 cases worldwide. There are 198,842 deaths recorded worldwide.

The top 5 highest ranked country of reported cases continue to be (From highest to lowest): USA, Spain, Italy, France, Germany. Canada ranks in the top 15. The highest death toll, after the US, has been Italy with 26,977 losses, followed by Spain (23,521), France (23,293), and the United Kingdom 21,092).

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