Variant strain of COVID-19 in Central Health Zone causes concern

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Following a jump of 11 cases of COVID-19 locally on Wednesday, February 10, cases have plateaued for the Town of Drumheller.

Cases across the province are also down compared to the highs seen in December and early January, which prompted enhanced public health measures by Alberta’s government.

“I know many people want to gather with friends and extended family in restaurants and inside homes, but that is still against the rules. Our numbers are declining, but this virus is still here, and cases can rise quickly if given the chance,” said Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw during the Thursday, February 11 COVID update.

Dr. Hinshaw also provided an update on variant cases of COVID-19 in the province.

The first variant case was identified on December 15, 2020 and, since then, 164 total variant cases have been reported, including 37 in the Central Health Zone, which includes Drumheller. These numbers are not further broken down by municipality or region.

All 37 variant cases in the Central Health Zone are the B117 strain, first identified in the United Kingdom (UK).

As of Monday, February 15 there are 16 active cases and 196 recovered cases in the Town of Drumheller. The Drumheller Institution remains on outbreak status with nine active and 52 recovered cases at the Drumheller Institution.

There are two active cases in Starland County, three in Kneehill County, and seven in Wheatland County.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail