First case of COVID-19 confirmed within County of Grande Prairie

A geospatial map displaying one confirmed case of COVID-19 in the County of Grande Prairie. The case was reported Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Screen Capture / Government of Alberta

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The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in the County of Grande Prairie region on Tuesday.

Last Friday, the first two cases of COVID-19 were confirmed for the City of Grande Prairie.

“With the increasing spread of the virus in Alberta, this case is a sober reminder that we must continue to take the situation very seriously in our local communities,” said County Reeve Leanne Beaupre in a statement.

Beaupre urged residents to practice social distancing and adhere to AHS self-isolation requirements along with other protective measures.

“We understand that this is a stressful and difficult time for everyone,” the reeve added.

“We want to assure you that, as a partner of the Grande Prairie Regional Emergency Partnership (GPREP), the County is working closely with our neighbouring municipalities to provide support to our residents during this challenging time.”

The Alberta government did not disclose where the case was located in the county. The affected region includes Clairmont, Sexsmith, Grovedale and south of the city, but does not include the Beaverlodge area.

Other nearby regions with confirmed cases include the High Prairie area with five, the Slave Lake area with three, the Jasper area with two and the Hinton area with one.

In addition, a Calgary women in her 80s is the second COVID-19 death in Alberta with the first occurring last week.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, said there are 57 new cases in Alberta, bringing the provincial total to 358, which includes 28 cases of community transmissions.

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