Cases of COVID-19 continue to climb in the Battlefords and surrounding region over the past several days.
As of Wednesday there were now 37 active cases of COVID-19 in the North West region. Those included six active cases in North West 4 which includes The Battlefords, 16 active cases in North West 3 to the south and east, 15 in North West 2 which includes Lloydminster, and zero in North West 1 region which includes St Walburg, Turtleford, Edam and area.
On Wednesday seven new cases were reported in the North West —two in North West 2 and five in North West 3. On Tuesday, two new cases had been reported in North West 4, five more in North West 3 and one more in North West 2.
In North West 4, there had been a situation at Battlefords Union Hospital where two health care workers had tested positive for COVID-19. A positive case was also reported at John Paul II Collegiate on Oct. 22.
A public health advisory was also recently issued for these locations in North Battleford:
Country Cuisine, 2401 99 Street, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Sport Chek Frontier Centre, 11429 Railway Avenue East, 4 to 4:45 p.m.
Rob and Kathy's No Frills Frontier Centre, 11430 Railway Avenue East, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Walmart Supercentre, 601 Carlton Trail, 5 to 5:45 p.m.
Sobeys, 9801 Territorial Drive, 8 to 8:45 p.m.
Those attending those locations at those times are urged to self-monitor and to get tested if symptoms arise.
Another local area of concern is Red Pheasant First Nation, where a community outbreak has been declared on the reserve by Indigenous Services Canada.
Correspondence from Dr. Ibrahim Khan, regional medical health officer for the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada dated Oct. 21, was posted at the band’s Facebook page confirming there had been four cases of COVID-19 confirmed on the community of Red Pheasant.
As well, due to the outbreak, it was decided not to allow a voting station for the Provincial election at the band hall this year. Instead, those seeking to cast ballots were instructed to do so in Cando or Mosquito on Oct. 26.
As well, Cando Elementary School reported a case of COVID-19 involving an individual at their school in mid-October.