Jasper now on province’s WATCH status as COVID-19 cases continue to rise – Jasper’s source for news, sports, arts, culture and more

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The Municipality of Jasper is now on surveillance status as it has more than 10 active cases and a higher than threshold population case rate. | Photo by Alberta Health

Two more active cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Jasper, bringing the total number of active cases to 11.

These new cases put Jasper under Watch status. This means that the number of cases relative to the population is above the threshold, but no additional measures are in place at this time.

Regions with at least 10 active cases and a rate of more than 50 active cases per 100,000 inhabitants are considered above the threshold.

On surveillance status, the province is monitoring the risk and discussing with local government and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures.

At least three of Jasper’s cases are linked to schools: two from Jasper Junior / Senior High School, which is now on epidemic, and one at Desrochers School, now on high alert.

For other active cases, there is no additional information at this time. For confidentiality reasons, Alberta Health does not provide any patient information, including whether the case is from known exposure or from community spread.

In Jasper, 26 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in total, with 14 recoveries and one death. Source: https://www.alberta.ca/stats/covid-19-alberta-statistics.htm

Classification of regions

Open

  • low level of risk, no additional restrictions in place
  • less than 50 active cases per 100,000

Watch

  • province is monitoring risk and discussing with local government (s) and other community leaders the possible need for additional health measures
  • at least 10 active cases and more than 50 active cases per 100,000

Reinforced

  • risk levels require enhanced public health measures to control the spread
  • informed by the local context

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