Horse Lake sees COVID case uptick

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There are 11 active COVID-19 cases in Horse Lake First Nation as of Monday, according to the Horse Lake Wellness Centre.

This is an increase of four since last Thursday.

Since that time there have been seven new cases and three recoveries, according to the centre.

To date there have been 51 positive tests, 40 recoveries and no fatalities. Eight homes are currently under isolation.

Nurses have performed 363 tests in Horse Lake First Nation.

The reserve 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 24 active cases across the west county at press time, with the area including First Nations communities, said Alberta Health spokesman Tom McMillan.

At press time there are 40 active cases across the County of Grande Prairie, including 16 in the east and central portions, and there have been four fatalities in the east and central county.

The City of Grande Prairie has 144 active cases and has had 21 fatalities. Across the North Zone, 115 have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

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