March 26 COVID-19 update

Slave Lake holding at three, three new in North zone, and 27 recovered in AB

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake holding at three COVID-19 cases. Three new cases in the North zone: in Peace River, Valleyview, and Bonnyville. The one in Bonnyville region is its fourth case, but the ones in both Peace River and Valleyview are their first.

In a video update at 3:30 p.m. on March 26, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced some good news.

Across Alberta, she said, there are 24 new confirmed recovered cases, bringing the total to 27.

The bad news Hinshaw reported is that there were 67 new cases on March 25, which brings the total to 486.

This is the second day in a row, that the increase was larger than any previous day. On March 25, the increase was 61, on the 24th it was 57. Before that, the largest was 47 on March 20.

The worse news is that there have been some COVID-19 outbreaks in seniors long-term cares, whose residents are extremely vulnerable to the virus.

To date, there have been 17 case among staff and residents of continuing care, says a March 26 COVID-19 4:30 p.m. update from the Alberta government. These are 14 in McKenzie Towne Long Term Care (Calgary), one case in Rosedale on the Park (Edmonton) and two at Shepherd’s Care Kensington Village (Edmonton).

All of the senior care facilities across the province, including those in Slave Lake are taking extensive measures to protect residents.

In Alberta, the first confirmed COVID-19 case was on March 6 in Calgary. The second was in Edmonton.

The first case in the North zone was in Cold Lake 10 days later.

North zone

The Slave Lake region is one of many in the Alberta Health Services North zone. 

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.

North zone COVID-19 cases. 

(only sub-regions near Slave Lake or with confirmed cases are listed. Data is accurate as of March 26 at 4:30 p.m.)

Health Regionnumber of COVID-19 cases
Peace River (1st March 26)1
High Prairie (1st  March 17)5
Slave Lake (1st two & 3rd March 20)3
Westlock (1st  March 25)1
Wabasca0
Athabasca0
City of Grande Prairie2
Grande Prairie County (1st March 24)1
Barrhead2
Bonnyville (one new March 26)4
Cold Lake (1st  March 16)1
Jasper2
Hinton (1st  March 23)1
Fort McMurray2
Valleyview1
Total North zone26

Alberta

Across the province, currently, 21 patients are hospitalized, eight of whom are in intensive care units (ICU), and two have died.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Alberta, there have been 28 hospitalizations, of which 11 were admitted to an ICU.

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.

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.

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