East Central Region continues low COVID-19 number streak eight months into pandemic

ECA Review/Terri Huxley
Written by Terri Huxley

For much of the east central region, cases have remained steadily low over the course of the world-wide pandemic caused by COVID-19.

In recent weeks, County of Paintearth has one case, Special Areas Drumheller at two, Wheatland County at seven, County of Stettler at eight active cases, MD of Provost at one and the rest of east central Alberta at zero as of Tues. Oct. 20.

A comment from Alberta Health Services to the ECA Review shared that there was a confirmed case in Hanna.

“A confirmed case of COVID-19 attended J. C. Charyk Hanna School in Central Zone while infectious. 

AHS is already working directly with the school to limit risk of spread. 

This includes assessing the classroom(s) setting and identifying and assessing the close contacts of the case.

“Any individual considered exposed to this case will be contacted directly by Alberta Health Services, per standard contact tracing procedures. 

Infection prevention control measures (physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene, environmental cleaning) have also been reviewed with the school. 

If the positive case did not attend school while they were infectious, the school would not be notified by AHS.

Information and guidance on what schools can do before, during and after an outbreak can be found here.

This document is also available to all schools, to aid in their response to any case of COVID-19 in their school population.


Terri Huxley

ECA Review

About the author

Terri Huxley

Terri grew up on a grain farm near Drumheller, Alberta with an eye for the beautiful and uncharted. Living in such a unique and diverse area has helped her become the photographer and reporter she is today.

Coming from the East Central region getting this newspaper on her dinner table growing up, it helped her understand the community she now serves.

In May 2019, Terri was awarded Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) Canada's Energy Citizens Photographic Awards Sports Action – First Place as well as first for the same sports action image nationally with the Canadian Community Newspaper Association (CCNA). Fast forward to 2020, she has won second in the same category for the AWNA.