New variant on the rise in Lethbridge

COVID-19 numbers have been on the rise in both Lethbridge and much of southwestern Alberta, including the new variant.
Our city currently has 508 active cases of the virus. Dr. Vivien Suttorp who is the lead Medical Officer of Health expressed her concerns about the virus hitting our region pretty hard, including the U.K. variant which showed up in our region three weeks ago. According to Suttorp, Lethbridge has not seenn the Brazilian or or South African variant.

Recent outbreaks in our city have included the Grandview condominiums and Sunrise Poultry Processors.

Health Officials say there were 764 new cases of COVID-19 reported over the past 24 hours in the province with variants making up 21 percent of the cases. 

The AHS South Zone currently has 39 people in hospital with the virus. Thirty-two of those are at Chinook Regional Hospital in Lethbridge with seven in intensive care.

Jeannette Rocher

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Minnesota and Manitoba, Jeannette has had the opportunity to live in a variety of places including New York, Arizona, and Nevada. After completing college and a paid internship with CBC Winnipeg, Jeannette embarked on her journalism career by moving overseas to take a job on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. While overseas she covered stories in Fiji, Guam and Japan including the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan and its surrounding islands. She covered a mass shooting, an Earth quake, murder cases and other substantial court cases. In 2013 she moved to Alberta where she covered the devastating floods of High River and Medicine Hat for CTV News. She then went on to produce and host Go! Southern Alberta for Shaw TV. She now calls Miracle Channel home. In addition to reporting in the field, you can catch her anchoring daily weather reports, as well as longer interview segments on BCN, and the week-in-review show on BCN Weekends. 

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