News First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Vermilion River County SHARE ON: Nikita Ganovicheff, contributor, Friday, Mar. 20th, 2020 Coronavirus. (stock image) According to data released by Alberta Health Services, Vermilion River County has its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The new case brings the total up to four in the Alberta Central Zone. The provincial government has identified one confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Vermilion River County area. (Alberta.ca) As part of her daily update, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced 49 additional COVID-19 cases across the province, which puts the number of total cases across Alberta at 195 as of March 20th. Ten of the positive test cases are being treated in hospital, with five currently in the ICU. However, Dr. Hinshaw says despite case numbers continuing to climb, at least three previously reported cased have now recovered from the virus. A total of 20,360 people have been tested throughout the province.