April 15 COVID-19 update: no new deaths, but an outbreak in a Fort Mac camp

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

Complete daily data isn’t available today because of a technical glitch. However, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, was able to report that there were 126 new cases and no new deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in Alberta is 1,996.

The breakdown of where these were in the province was not announced. However, Dr. Hinshaw did report, three are in an oilsands camp north of Fort McMurray, in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

These three cases are part of an outbreak at that camp, she said. There are also six other people with symptoms in quarantine waiting for test results.

All Albertans with any COVID-19 symptoms can now be tested. To be tested fill out the AHS online assessment form or for people without internet call 811.

Fire bans

April 15 was the first day of a province-wide OHV and campfire ban on crown land and in forest areas.

Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman did another video update on COVID-19. As the mayor, he completely understands the OHV ban and campfire ban in the bush. As a father, he finds it hard, in the last few weeks riding OHVs with his kids has been one of the best parts.

At this time, since the current fire risk within town is low, the town is not banning campfires in fire pits within people’s yards.

This is not however an excuse to get together with a group of people, mayor Warman clarified. It is for you and your families mental health. As the snow melts, the town may issue a fire ban.

“We are flattening the curve,” he said. “We are doing a fantastic job in this region. Hang in there. Keep doing what you are doing. We’re going to get through this.”

(see Leader article for more information on the provincial fire ban).

Seniors’ facilities

As of April 14, Manoir Du Lac in McLennan had 23 and four deaths and J.B. Wood Continuing Care, in High Prairie, had seven cases. Both of these care facilities are within a two hour drive of Slave Lake.

As of April 14, across Alberta, there have been 214 cases, including 30 deaths in these facilities.

There are no reported cases in Slave Lake seniors’ facilities.

Quick COVID-19 facts

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practise good hygiene.
    • This includes cleaning your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, coughing or sneezing into your elbow or sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately.
  • Anyone who has health concerns or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should complete an online COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For recommendations on protecting yourself and your community, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

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