First case in Westlock; SL holding at three & town extends closures
There is one confirmed COVID-19 case in Westlock health region, says the March 25th Alberta COVID-19 statistics.
The southern border of Slave Lake health region is the north of Westlock region.
For the fifth day in a row, Slave Lake region is holding at three confirmed cases.
Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman has made many COVID-19 updates. In each, he reminds people that no matter how many cases there are in Slave Lake, the message remains the same: stay home, avoid groups, and avoid physical contact.
To the east, High Prairie is holding at five cases.
Wabasca and Athabasca the two other health regions which border Slave Lake region still have zero cases.
At noon on March 25, the Town of Slave Lake announced that it will be extending its facility closures until April 30. This includes Northern Lights Aquatic Center, the Multi-Rec Centre, and the town office. The town office is open on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including the lunch hour.
Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman held a Facebook Live town hall on March 24.
In closing, mayor Warman said, “we (the people of Slave Lake) have been through a mountain of stuff, we know how to recover.”
Provincial aid and enforcement
On March 25, the Alberta government announced that applications were open for Albertans to apply for emergency isolation support. Also, police and peace officers now have the authority to enforce public health measures.
Public health orders subject to fines for violation include:
- Any individual who has travelled outside of Canada must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from their return, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
- Any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of their symptoms, or until the symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or a sore throat.
- Any individual who has been identified by as a close contact of a person(s) with COVID-19 must go into mandatory self-isolation for 14 days from the date of last having been exposed to COVID-19, plus an additional 10 days from the onset of any symptoms should they occur, whichever is longer.
- Mass gatherings must be limited to no more than 50 attendees.
- Access to public recreational facilities, private entertainment facilities, bars and nightclubs is prohibited.
- Visitation to long-term care and other continuing care facilities is limited to essential visitors only.
The Slave Lake region is one of many in the AHS North zone. There are three new case in this zone. As already mentioned, one is in Westlock health region. Another other two are in Bonnyville health region and Fort McMurray.
The North zone covers the top half of Alberta. It includes such communities as Cold Lake, Slave Lake, High Prairie, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Fort McMurray, and all the communities north to territories.
The chart below has a subset of health regions in the North zone with the number of cases as of March 25 at 4:30 p.m.
North zone COVID-19 cases.
(only sub-regions near Slave Lake or with confirmed cases are listed)
|Health Region||number of COVID-19 cases|
|High Prairie (first case March 17)||5|
|Slave Lake (first cases March 20)||3|
|Westlock (first case on March 25)||1|
|City of Grande Prairie||2|
|Grande Prairie County (first case March 24)||1|
|Cold Lake (first case March 16)||1|
|Hinton (first case March 23)||1|
|Total North zone||23|
Across Alberta, there were 61 new cases on March 25, which brings the total to 419.
This is the second day in a row, that the increase was larger than any previous day. On March 24, the number increased by 57. Before that, the largest was 47 new cases on March 20.
In Alberta, the first confirmed COVID-19 case was on March 6 in Calgary, 19 days ago. The first case in the North zone was in Cold Lake 10 days later.
“Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19,” says the government of Alberta.
Across the province, the majority of cases are still from travel or close contact, says the Alberta COVID-19 statistics.
Social distancing is in place to guard against community spread of the disease.
The number of suspected cases of community spread have been slowly rising, since March 15, when the first five were announced.
There were 32 cases of suspected community spread on March 24. (March 25th data wasn’t available at time of publishing).
Note: these numbers are based on filled out case reports, which is less than the total number of cases.
Across the province, 24 patients are hospitalized, eight are in intensive care units (ICU), and two have died.
The first person died on March 19. The second on March 24. One was in Edmonton and the other in Calgary. The first was in his sixties with health problems. The second was in her eighties.
Three recovered on March 20. (More recent data isn’t available).
Quick facts from the Alberta government and Alberta Health Services
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, and staying home and away from others if you are sick.
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.