Facebook/ Maskwacis Health Services

Facebook/ Maskwacis Health Services

Maskwacis reporting rapidly growing cases following long weekend

Maskwacis declared a weeklong shut down on long weekend to curb increasing COVID-19 numbers.

Maskwacis, Alta. declared a one-week shut down this weekend in attempts to reduce the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases. As of Oct. 14, 2020 Maskwacis Health Services is reporting a total of 26 active COVID-19 cases, one of which is hospitalized.

The Government of Alberta, through their COVID-19 aggregate data map is reporting a total of 33 active cases for the Wetaskiwin County (Maskwacis) area—this is on the local geographic area setting. Two of those cases are from the City of Wetaskiwin, and on the municipality setting for the map, the County of Wetaskiwin itself has zero active cases

These numbers are an increase from the reported 20 active cases on Tuesday Oct.13, 2020—which included the increase in cases from the long weekend.

“Our emergency management teams, our medical health officials, they are all doing their jobs and I appreciate the work they are doing,” Chief of Samson Cree Nation, Vernon Saddleback said in an Oct. 9, 2020 Facebook Live. “I think the lesson here is just for everyone to continue to be careful.”

“You know we have to understand that in our society, the way we live, we don’t have one or two people who live in a home… Some homes have eight maybe nine people in them, and if there is going to be a positive in the home, you’ve got to imagine that we are going to have several positives in one home. We get these clusters is what happens, and that’s why sometimes our numbers get kind of high.”

“It’s still unfortunate that people are getting positive, but the good news is people are recovering,” Saddleback assures.

READ MORE: Maskwacis schools closed this week for COVID-19 concerns

Maskwacis Health Services will have COVID-19 mobile testing at the Maskwacis Ambulance Authority Oct. 15 and Oct. 16, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents are asked to bring their health care card to present for the mobile testing.

However, if you are symptomatic or have come into close contact with an active case, you must isolate at home and contact Maskwacis Health Services for further information.



shaela.dansereau@pipestoneflyer.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

There were 410 COVID-19 cases recorded in Alberta Wednesday. (File photo)
Alberta records 410 COVID-19 cases Wednesday

Central zone dropped to 160 active cases

Shaun Isaac, owner of Woodchucker Firewood in Trochu, is awaiting a new shipment during a firewood shortage in the province. All of the wood he has left is being saved for long-time customers who need it to heat their homes. (Contributed photo).
Firewood shortage in central Alberta caused by rising demand, gaps in supply

‘I’ve said “No” to more people than ever’: firewood seller

file photo
Maskwacis RCMP investigate pedestrian fatality

Collision on Highway 2A causing fatality still under investigation.

Shaela Dansereau/ The Pipestone Flyer
City of Wetaskiwin cases rapidly climbing

City of Wetaskiwin reporting 11 active cases of COVID-19

Royal Alexandra Hospital front-line workers walk a picket line after walking off the job in a wildcat strike in Edmonton, on Monday, October 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta labour board orders health-care staff who walked off the job to go back to work

Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a news release that he was pleased with the labour board’s decision

Husky Energy logo is shown at the company’s annual meeting in Calgary on May 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Husky pipeline spills 900,000 litres of produced water in northwestern Alberta

The energy regulator says environmental contractors are at the site

A raccoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Raccoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

Sharon Hickin, general manager of the Days Inn Sylvan Lake and the new Lake House Diner, poses for a photo outside the new restaurant. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News
Pandemic puts extra hurdles in place for new Sylvan Lake businesses

Over the past seven months numerous new businesses have opened in Sylvan Lake, despite the pandemic

Rachel Notley, leader of Alberta’s official Opposition, speaks in Edmonton on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Notley says the government needs to sharply ramp up the number of contact tracers if it wants to get a handle on the rising number of COVID-19 cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Opposition calls for more COVID-19 contact tracers as case numbers rise

Alberta has about 800 tracers, and chief medical health officer Dr. Hinshaw says more are being recruited

Royal Alexandra Hospital front-line workers walk a picket line after walking off the job in a wildcat strike in Edmonton, on Monday, October 26, 2020. Hospital and health-care workers who staged a one-day illegal walkout returned to work Tuesday while politicians swapped recriminations and accusations in the house over the dispute. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta health staff return to work, surgeries resume after one-day walkout

AHS estimated 157 non-emergency surgeries, most of them in Edmonton, had to be postponed as a result of the walkout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to provide an update on the COVID pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Canada has reached a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing 10,000 novel coronavirus deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Alberta COVID deaths pushes Canada past milestone of 10,000 deaths

Canada crossed the threshold of 5,000 deaths on May 12, a little over two months after the first was reported

Cases in Ponoka (East Ponoka County) as of Oct. 27. (alberta.ca)
Diagnosed cases of COVID-19 at three Ponoka businesses

Town ‘strongly encouraging’ residents to wear non-medical masks in public

Most Read