The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases keep improving locally in Strathcona County.
According to Alberta Health Services’ geospatial mapping tool on COVID19stats.alberta.ca, there were 21 confirmed cases in Sherwood Park as of Monday, May 25. The data shows there are now no active cases in the Park as all 21 cases were listed as recovered. In rural Strathcona County, the numbers are also improving with 14 confirmed cases but all are listed as recovered.
All of the eight cases in nearby Fort Saskatchewan has also been deemed as recovered.
There was also good news provincially in the fight against COVID-19 as there were no new deaths recorded Sunday. There was however three new deaths recorded Monday, May 25, which brings the death toll in Alberta to 138.
There were 19 new confirmed cases on Monday, which brought the total number of active cases in Alberta to 762.
Hospitalizations also remain low with only 45 currently in hospital, five of whom are in intensive care.
The Calgary zone continues to have the highest number of active cases with 594. The south zone comes in second with 92 active cases and the Edmonton zone takes third with 52 active cases.
As of Monday, May 25, there were 63 active cases at continuing care facilities in Alberta with 103 facility residents dying from the virus since the outbreak began. The province 644 people have recovered at these facilities.
In total, Alberta has recorded 6,879 total cases since the outbreak began.
On Saturday, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw took to social media to quell any rumours that COVID-19 is spread by mosquitoes.
“To date, there is no information or evidence that suggests COVID-19 is transmitted by mosquitoes,” Hinshaw said. “It’s a respiratory virus spread through droplets in an infected person’s saliva/nasal discharge when they cough, sneeze or talk.”
There were 624 cases that have an unknown exposure source.
As of Monday there have been 218,740 Albertans tested and labs have performed 239,799 tests. In total, 5,979 Albertans have recovered from the novel coronavirus since the outbreak started.
The reduced virus numbers have allowed the Alberta government to continue with the reopening of the province.
On Monday, May 25, more access was given to health services and non-urgent surgeries that require hospital stays.
The province also expanded voluntary testing to more Albertans, including for asymptomatic staff and residents in long-term care and some designated supportive living facilities.
The province also began stage one of the relaunch for Calgary and Brooks, two areas that have high numbers of cases of COVID-19.
As of Monday, May 25, there were 85,092 total COVID-19 cases reported in Canada and 6,453 related deaths. Globally, there have been 5,304,772 cases of COVID-19, including 342,029 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.