Additional COVID recoveries in Horse Lake, west county

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There are seven active COVID-19 cases in Horse Lake First Nation as of Monday, according to the Horse Lake Wellness Centre.

There have been two recoveries since last Friday and no new cases, according to the centre.

To date there have been 51 positive tests, 44 recoveries and no fatalities. Four homes are currently under isolation, down from five Friday.

Nurses have performed 377 tests in Horse Lake First Nation, up from 363 earlier last week. According to the centre, patients are swabbed only if they are showing symptoms or have been in direct contact with a COVID case. The community has a population of 437, according to Indigenous Affairs Canada.

The Horse Lake Wellness Centre is discouraging visits between members of different households.

There are 19 active cases across the west county at press time, with the area including First Nations communities, said Alberta Health spokesman Tom McMillan.

Elsewhere in the west county, all five cases linked to the Ovintiv Canada Pipestone facility in the Wembley area were recovered as of Friday, McMillan said.

At press time there are 36 active cases across the County of Grande Prairie, including 17 in the east and central portions. There have been three fatalities in the east and central county, not four as the government earlier reported.

The City of Grande Prairie has 153 active cases and has had 21 fatalities. Across the North Zone, 120 have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News