Horse Lake Wellness Centre reports multiple COVID recoveries

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The Horse Lake Wellness Centre reported 12 active COVID-19 cases in Horse Lake First Nation Monday, with 18 homes under isolation and 43 cases since the start of the pandemic.

This represents nine recoveries since Thursday, when 21 active cases were reported in the community.

According to the Alberta government, there are 25 active cases in the west county, which includes Horse Lake.

The Alberta government reported 12 recoveries in the west county since Thursday.

Outside Horse Lake, four active cases are linked to the Ovintiv Canada Pipestone facility in the Wembley area, said Alberta Health spokesman Tom McMillan. The Ovintiv outbreak is also connected to a fifth case that is recovered, he said.

Trisha Horseman, Horse Lake Wellness Centre health director, said she couldn’t comment on the cases there.

To date there have been 31 recoveries and no fatalities in Horse Lake, according to the wellness centre.

Additionally, 338 tests have been completed in Horse Lake. This represents 16 more tests since Thursday.

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.

At press time there are 44 active cases across the County of Grande Prairie, including 19 in the east and central portions, and there have been four fatalities in the east and central county.

The City of Grande Prairie has 166 active cases and has had 19 fatalities.

Across the North Zone, 104 have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

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