North Zone Dealing With First COVID-19 Case, Unclear Whether It’s in RMWB

The north zone, which includes the RMWB, is experiencing its first case of COVID-19.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced on Monday 18 new cases across the province.

This brings the total to 74. All the zones across the province now have confirmed cases as the south zone is also dealing with their first.

It’s unclear whether the case in the north zone is in the RMWB. The zone also includes major communities like Grande Prairie and Jasper.

Hinshaw says this case was travel-related, however, they don’t plan on releasing the person’s location due to patient confidentiality and because the risk of spreading is low.

She adds if the case was at risk of community transmission then the region would be released.

Moving forward, residents are being advised to adopt good hygiene practices. This includes washing your hands regularly, covering up when coughing or sneezing, and staying at home when sick.

More information, including an online self-assessment test, can be found on the GoA’s website.

Hinshaw Self-Isolating

Dr. Hinshaw is self-isolating as she awaits test results to confirm whether she has the virus or not.

She started experiencing minor symptoms on Monday and was recommended to stay at home for the time being.

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