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COVID weekly: Here we go again…

Surges in COVID cases prompts return to tighter restrictions Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader “This wave is here,” said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in an April 6 press conference. The return to Step 1 of COVID-19 restrictions on April 7 is to…
New group eligible for vaccine

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader On March 30, Phase 2B of the COVID-19 vaccine strategy started in Alberta, but appointments in Slave Lake didn’t start until April 5. This means that any Albertan over 16 who has one of a list of…
COVID Weekly: Athabasca numbers jumps 101

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader From March 27 to April 1, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River had only three new COVID cases, but Athabasca County had a surge of new cases. By April 1, there were 105 active cases of…
COVID Weekly: No change in restrictions

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader COVID-19 restrictions remain in place at the same level that they were previously.  There was an expectation that on March 22 Alberta would move into Phase 3 of the ‘Path Forward.’ However, that day the Alberta government…
COVID Weekly: Soon to be no active cases in HPSD

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader On March 19, Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake was removed from the list of schools in Alberta with COVID-19 cases. “Slave Lake is at zero cases and Prairie River had six cases, one of…
COVID Weekly: anti-COVID rally, Schurter off the list

Updated March 3 (there was some confusion about the new and recovered cases in the list – these were over a seven day period, not just on one day. Also, the last paragraph about deaths was unclear. To clarify, “Of…
COVID weekly: Immunizations; five cases at Michener

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader From February 13 to 19, active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River and neighbours decreased or remained the same. Five Lesser Slave River cases were connected to an outbreak at Roland Michener Secondary School…
COVID weekly: Active cases down, but outbreak in daycare

Pearl LorentzenLakeside Leader After a jump the week before, active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (which includes Slave Lake) decreased from 52 to 35. However, there was also an outbreak at Legacy Childcare and two cases…
‘We’re hurting’ – COVID restrictions continue indefinitely

Pearl Lorentzen Lakeside Leader January 21 was to be the end of extended restrictions. However, on that date the Alberta government’s website said: Current health restrictions are in place until “further notice.” These restrictions impact Slave Lake restaurants, and other…
Smith restaurant opens despite health regulations

Pearl Lorentzen The one remaining Smith restaurant opened for dine in service in direct violation of Alberta Health Regulations prohibiting dine in service. Late night on January 25, 2021, Char’s Railway Cafe in Smith, Alberta posted on Facebook – “Remember, we…