Nov. 23 COVID update: Lesser Slave enhanced

Extra measures in place

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

As of Nov. 23, there are 10 active cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave Lake, says the Alberta government’s COVID-19 watch map. This makes it a ‘purple zone’, which means an enhanced setting. Therefore all enhanced measures are in place in Lesser Slave.

The active cases could be in the M.D., Town of Slave Lake, the surrounding hamlets, or Sawridge First Nation. This is because all communities with populations under 10,000 are included within the municipal district or county.

Enhanced measures:

  • No social gatherings inside your home or outside of your community. Instead, socialize outdoors or in structured settings, like restaurants or other business that are subject to legal limits and take steps to prevent transmission.
  • 15-person limit on social and family gatherings – indoors and outdoors – where people are mixing and mingling.
  • Limit of three cohorts: your core household, your school, and one other sport or social cohort. Young children who attend child care can be part of four cohorts.
  • Wear a mask in all indoor work settings, except when alone in a workspace or an appropriate barrier is in place.
  • Employers in office settings to implement strategies to reduce the number of employees in the workplace at one time.
  • Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10 p.m. and close by 11 p.m. (Nov 13-27).
  • 50-person limit on wedding ceremonies and funeral services.
  • Faith-based gatherings limited to 1/3 capacity at one time.

All previous health measures also apply.

AHS North Zone

In the last 24 hours, one person died of COVID-19 in the AHS North Zone. This was a man in his eighties in the M.D. of Fairview. This is the 10th North Zone death in November. There were outbreaks in the Fairview Health Complex, a sports cohort in Fairview, and several other areas in the AHS North Zone.

The only outbreak in a community which borders Lesser Slave River was in Westlock Continuing Care Centre.

As of Nov. 23, there were 3,264 AHS North Zone cases – 748 active, 2,472 recovered, and 44 deaths. There were also 17 people in hospitals in the North Zone, of whom two were in an intensive care unit.

The North Zone covers the norther half of Alberta from south of Jasper, Athabasca, and Cold Lake to the border with the Northwest Territories.

Nearby

Nearby, Lesser Slave, the M.D. of Opportunity, Westlock County, and Athabasca County were all enhanced.

As of Nov. 23, Lesser Slave River and neighbours active cases were:

  • Lesser Slave* (10)
  • Opportunity* (13 – eight new & six recovered) – Calling Lake school outbreak
  • Westlock County* (15) two school outbreaks
  • Athabasca County* (15)
  • Whitecourt (nine)
  • Woodlands County (zero)
  • Northern Sunrise County (two)
  • Big Lakes County (three).

*means enhanced

Loon River First Nation

In “an excess of caution” Loon River has reactivated COVID-19 Emergency measures, says a Loon River First Nation letter dated Nov. 23. This includes a community curfew and asking people from outside not to visit and that people “only leave the community for emergency/medical purposes.”

There is no mention of cases in that community. In the past, Loon River has announced its cases, so there are likely no cases at the moment in that community.

On the COVID-19 map, Loon River cases would be included in Opportunity. However, over the last weeks, the bulk of the Opportunity cases have been in Calling Lake. The M.D. and Bigstone Cree Nation have had enhanced measures beyond the provincial measures in Calling Lake since early November.

Provincial enhanced measures apply to all of Opportunity including communities without active cases at this time.

Next update:

Unless something significant changes the next COVID-19 update will be Friday, Nov. 27.

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