Updated: Aug. 31 COVID update: one case in Slave Lake area

updated Sept. 1

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

On Aug. 31, the Alberta government COVID-19 tracking map had one active case in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River, which includes the Town of Slave Lake, Smith, Hondo, Chisholm, Flatbush, Marten Beach, Wagner, Widewater, Canyon Creek, and Assineau.

On Facebook, Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman said, “we should assume it is here.”

To the east, the M.D. of Opportunity released a letter and a video on Aug. 31, saying that the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Wabasca. The person and all close contacts had been contacted and were in self-isolation. (As of Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. the Wabasca case was on the Alberta government COVID-19 map).

On Sunday, Aug. 30, High Prairie School Division posted on Facebook that it was delaying opening Prairie River Junior High School, in High Prairie, because someone who had recently been in the building had tested positive for COVID-19. All schools in Slave Lake, High Prairie, and other areas had some type of staggered opening.

AHS North Zone

Over the weekend, there was one new case in Westlock County, otherwise the cases in municipalities bordering Lesser Slave River remained the same. These are – Big Lakes County (one), Athabasca County (two), and Westlock County (two).

To the west, over the weekend there was one person died from COVID-19 in Clear Hills County. This is the 29th COVID-19 death in the AHS North Zone.

As of Aug. 31, the North Zone had 924 COVID-19 cases: 174 active, 721 recovered, and 29 deaths. Nine people were in the hospital with COVID in the North Zone, of whom one was in an intensive care unity.

The AHS North Zone includes most of the province of Alberta north of Edmonton. Including, Jasper, High Level, Fort McMurray, Cold Lake, Athabasca, and everything in between.

There were seven outbreaks in the AHS North Zone, with between zero and 19 active cases. Many of them in seniors’ facilities. (See Friday’s Weekly Covid article for details).

Next update scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4.

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