Zero active COVID-19 cases in Strathcona County

On Wednesday, Alberta's chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths, which increased the province's death toll to 141. All of Strathcona County's cases have recovered from the illness, as of May 27. CHRIS SCHWARZ/Government of Alberta jpg, SP

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Things continue to get better in regards to the COVID-19 outbreak, at least when you’re looking at the local numbers.

According to Alberta Health Service’s online geospatial mapping tool,, numbers all of Strathcona County’s confirmed novel coronavirus cases were recovered, as of Thursday, May 28. That includes 21 previously confirmed cases in Sherwood Park and 14 cases in the rural county.

All eight cases in nearby Fort Saskatchewan were also listed are recovered.

Provincially, things are looking up as well as Alberta reached its lowest number of active COVID-19 cases since March 30 as 652 people in province are currently battling the virus.

On Thursday, there were 29 new cases of COVID-19 and two more Albertans have died due to the virus. That brings the death toll since the start of the pandemic in Alberta to 141.

The hospitalization rate remains low in the province, with 50 people; four of those are in intensive care. 6,160 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19, as of May 28.

With the 29 new cases, there have been a total of 6,955 Albertans infected with COVID-19 since the outbreak started.

“As summer approaches, we must remember that COVID-19 was, and is a deadly disease,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, adding that the virus “would be with us for many months to come.”

Hinshaw said the death count for COVID-19 is higher than what would be expected for malaria or homicides on a year-to-date basis. She added while COVID-19 is often compared to influenza, the cumulative number of deaths in Alberta from the new disease is 1.5 times higher than the highest annual influenza fatality toll throughout the past five years.

The UCP government has targeted June 19 to enter Stage 2 of the provincial relaunch plan but Hinshaw said Albertans have done a good job with Stage 1 and an earlier date for the second phase is on the table.

“Our encouraging numbers through the first few weeks of Stage 1 of relaunch have given us confidence that we can talk about potentially accelerating that date,” Hinshaw said, noting the final decision has not yet been made.

With some health guidelines and physical distancing restrictions, the Phase 2 relaunch would include the reopening of libraries, health services such as acupuncture and massage therapy, personal services such as artificial tanning, esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments and reflexology, movie theatres and theatres. Nightclubs, gyms, pools, recreation centres and arenas would remain closed and festivals, concerts and major sporting events would not be allowed until Phase 3. Travelling outside of the province would not be recommended.

The province also warned Wednesday of a new condition that “seems to be related to recent history of COVID infection” known as a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).

Hinshaw said Alberta is investigating one possible case reported this week in a child in the province who is in stable condition and being treated in hospital. The condition is similar to inflammatory disease, known as Kawasaki disease, and involves inflammation of multiple organs including the heart, kidneys, blood vessels, and nervous system. Fever is a key symptom, with high fevers possible for around three days. Other symptoms can include rash, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Hinshaw said early information suggests the majority of children who become infected by COVID-19 would not be expected to experience MIS-C. The province is developing guidelines to support health-care providers in diagnosing and reporting the condition to authorities.

If you suspect your child is experiencing MIS-C you should call Health Link at 811 or see your family doctor or take your child to the ER.