COVID Weekly: Pool and other facilities reopen

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

On June 10, Alberta entered Stage 2 of the Open for Summer Plan. Slave Lake celebrated with the MRC reopening on June 10. On June 14, the pool, library, and the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation reopened. There are likely others.

There are still restrictions. Masks and distancing are still required. Also, indoor social gatherings are not allowed.

However, here are a few other things which are now allowed with physical distancing: outdoor social gatherings of 20 people, outdoor public gatherings can have up to 150, and gyms and indoor fitness can be open for solo, drop-in, and group activities. People can eat inside restaurants with up to six people at a table. For full list, see alberta.ca.

“Stage 3 is expected to begin in late June or early July,” says the news release. “This is dependent on all Albertans continuing to get vaccinated and following the public health measures in place.”

 Outbreaks

On June 8, COVID outbreaks at a Nipisi drilling rig (Slave Lake) a Whitecourt long-term care, and Westlock business were removed from the list of outbreaks.

Vaccinations

As of June 11 in the Slave Lake AHS local geographic area (which includes Peerless Trout Lake First Nation to just west of Smith), 49.5 per cent of people 12+ had at least one COVID-19 vaccine. Also, 10.2 per cent were fully immunized.

From June 5 to 11, 101 people in the area received a first dose and 350 a second one.

Anyone vaccinated for COVID-19 outside of Alberta can now contact the Slave Lake Public Health Clinic at 780-849-3947 to update their records.

Nearby

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 5 to 11 (active cases on June 11), the COVID situation in Lesser Slave and its closest neighbours was:

  • Lesser Slave – 11 active (seven new & three recovered) – Roland Michener School (old)
  • Big Lakes County – five active (four new & one recovered)
  • Westlock County – 20 active (eight new & 15 recovered) – two schools (old)
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 26 active – (23 new & three recovered)
  • Woodlands County – five active (one new & one recovered) – one school (old)
  • Whitecourt – 24 active (16 new & 21 recovered) – four schools (three old & one new) & one business (old)
  • Athabasca County – 13 active (three new & 23 recovered) – one school (old) & one hospital (old)
  • Northern Sunrise County – zero active (four new & three recovered)

Deaths

From June 5 to 11, five men died in the AHS North Zone. All but one was from Fort McMurray. The other was from the City of Grande Prairie. They were in their 40s, 60s (x3), and 70s.

Graphs built by Leader staff with COVID-19 statistics from alberta.ca.

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