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COVID-19: Alberta records lowest new daily case count in months

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Some very good news when it comes to the province’s fight to keep the number of COVID-19 cases down.

Alberta reported 195 news cases of the virus on Tuesday (Feb. 9), the lowest daily new case count in months.

That’s quite positive given where the case counts were a month ago.

Across the province, the number of hospitalizations continues to drop too, now sitting at 427 and the test positivity rate has also fallen to 3.2%.

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Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw says these provincial trends are very encouraging.

Locally, Lethbridge confirmed 16 new cases of COVID-19 in Tuesday’s update. That accounts for most of the 23 new cases identified in AHS South Zone in this latest update. The active case count here in the city is up to 189 (from 177 on Monday).

Current outbreaks in the South Zone of Alberta Health Services:

Acute care facilities
* Medicine Hat Regional Hospital

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Supportive living/home living sites
* Meadowlands, Medicine Hat
* Rehoboth Christian Ministries, Coaldale
* Rehoboth Christian Ministries, Lethbridge
* The View at Lethbridge

Other facilities and settings
* Haul All Equipment, Lethbridge
* Lethbridge Alpha House
* Streets Alive Mission, Lethbridge

Latest updates

  • Over the last 24 hours, 195 new cases were identified.
  • There are 427 people in hospital due to COVID-19, including 78 in intensive care.
  • There are 5,831 active cases in the province.
  • To date, 119,678 Albertans have recovered from COVID-19.
  • In the last 24 hours, there were 12 additional COVID-related deaths reported: one on Jan. 1, one on Jan. 28, one on Feb. 4, four on Feb. 5, one on Feb. 6, three on Feb. 7, and one on Feb. 8.
  • The testing positivity rate was 3.2 per cent.
  • There was an increase of 7,003 tests (3,257,539 total) for a total of 1,777,620 people tested.
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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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