Two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Grande Prairie

Two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Grande Prairie, local media reports.

They are the first two cases in that city, and were among the 49 new cases reported Friday, reports EverythingGP.

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There are now 17 confirmed cases in Alberta's northern health zone, including four in the High Prairie area and three in the Slave Lake area.

Earlier this week, WestJet reported a March 12 flight from Edmonton to Grande Prairie had passengers who tested positive for COVID-19.

Passengers on rows 1 through 6 on Flight 3240 were immediately affected, and all others on that flight have been told to monitor for signs of cough, fever or respiratory issues.

There were four reported cases in the Northern Health region as of March 20. Public health officials say they are not releasing the locations of any of the cases due to privacy laws and to avoid spreading panic and rumours in communities.

There are now 348 cases and eight deaths in B.C., and 17,912 people tested. Twenty-two of those infected are in acute care in hospital, 10 of them in intensive care. Six people have recovered fully.

This is a developing story.

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