Third COVID-related death reported in Drumheller over weekend

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The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Drumheller continued to drop over the weekend, with 10 active cases and 122 recovered cases as of Monday, December 21.

One additional death related to COVID-19 was reported over the weekend in Drumheller.

“We can keep reducing the spread, but the reverse of that is true, too; if we let our guard down, or gather together in the next few days we will see cases rise,” said Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw during the daily provincial COVID update on Friday, December 18. “This has been another hard week, but there are a lot of reasons for hope. Let’s all keep working together and protecting each other.”

Continued provincial restrictions on indoor and outdoor social gatherings mean the holidays this year will be celebrated differently this year.

The Drumheller Mail asked how families would celebrate Christmas differently this year in the weekly poll. Of those who responded, 47 per cent said they would be video calling family and friends, 29 per cent said they would be postponing holiday celebrations, and 24 per cent said they would make new holiday traditions.

As of Monday, December 21, Kneehill County has 23 active cases and Wheatland County has 16 active cases; both counties continue to remain on enhanced watch status. Starland County currently has zero active cases.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail