COVID Weekly: Less restrictions starting July 1

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

On July 1, Alberta will enter Stage 3 of the COVID-19 Open for Summer Plan, says an Alberta government news release. On July 1, “All remaining restrictions will be lifted, including the ban on indoor social gatherings. Isolation requirements for confirmed cases of COVID-19 and protective measures in continuing care settings may remain. The general indoor provincial mask mandate will be lifted, but masking may still be required in limited and specific settings.”

Deaths

From June 11 to 18, one person died from COVID-19 in Athabasca County. The other three AHS North Zone COVID-19 deaths were further away in Fort McMurray. The deceased were a man in his 40s, two men in their 50s, and a woman in her 70s.

Nearby

In general, AHS North Zone active cases decreased. However, from June 12 to 18, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Opportunity rose quickly. An outbreak at a business in Whitecourt was removed from the list of outbreaks.

  • M.D. of Lesser Slave River cases could be in Slave Lake, Sawridge First Nation, or in the M.D. from Assineau to Flatbush.
  • From June 12 to 18 (active cases on June 18), the COVID situation in Lesser Slave and its closest neighbours was:
  • Lesser Slave – 13 active (five new & three recovered) – Roland Michener School (old)
  • Big Lakes County – four active
  • Westlock County – nine active (two new & 13 recovered) – two schools (old)
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 77 active – (53 new & 13 recovered) – St. Theresa School in Wabasca (new)
  • Woodlands County – two active (one new & four recovered) – one school (old)
  • Whitecourt – 12 active (two new & six recovered) – three schools (three old & one removed)
  • Athabasca County – four active (eight recovered) – one school (old) & one hospital (old)
  • Northern Sunrise County – zero active (two new & two recovered)

Vaccinations

Midweek, someone connected with AHS Public Health posted on Facebook that there were many appointments available for COVID-19 vaccines. To book an appointment with AHS or any pharmacy in Slave Lake go to alberta.ca/vaccine. There are also vaccine clinics in neighbouring communities. For example, last week there were clinics in Swan River First Nation and Wabasca.

People who received their first dose in May or earlier can book an appointment for their second dose.

As of June 18 in the Slave Lake AHS local geographic area (which includes Peerless Trout Lake First Nation to just west of Smith), 51.6 per cent of people 12+ had at least one COVID-19 vaccine. Also, 18.6 per cent were fully immunized.

From June 12 to 18, 196 people in the area received a first dose and 811 a second one.

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