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Central Alberta, Aug 1 (Canadian-Media): There had been a significant surge in COVID-19 cases in Central Alberta over the past month, jumping from the low single digits in early July to 252 active cases as of July 31, media reports said.
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Tom McMillan, a spokesperson with Alberta Health, said health officials conduct contact tracing in all cases, and anyone at risk of exposure is being contacted, isolated and tested.
"We cannot comment on specific cases due to patient confidentiality. The cases are largely linked to known contacts and gatherings," McMillan said in an email. "Alberta Health officials are in contact with Alberta Health Services and local partners and watching the situation closely," CBC News reported.
The town of Viking, located southeast of Edmonton, is currently under a "watch" designation by Alberta Health, which means the area has risen above 50 active cases per 100,000 people.
The municipal district of Starland County, located just north of Drumheller with 63 cases out of a population of 1,928, is listed as a "watch" area, with a striking active case rate of 3,268 per 100,000 population.
The town of Drumheller was under a watch as of July 30, but that was downgraded to "open" status as of July 31.
There are currently eight active cases in the community, meaning it currently has an active case rate of 88.8 per a population of 100,000.
"The best way to protect yourself is by practicing physical distancing, wash your hands, stay home if sick, and following all the other public health guidance available," McMillan said. "That's the most effective way to protect both yourself and your family, friends, and neighbours," CBC News reported.