SL COVID outbreaks removed

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

From March 4 to 11 (eight days), nine COVID outbreaks were removed from Slave Lake and surrounding municipalities. These included the remaining two outbreaks in Slave Lake (Vanderwell Heritage Place and continuing care).

A social media post from Vanderwell says, “Our front doors are no longer locked. Residents took a vote and both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors are now permitted in the building. Currently, there is still no visiting in any common areas of the lodge. Visitors must go directly to the resident’s room or apartment.”

Also, COVID outbreaks were removed at Keekenow Seniors Facility in Wabasca and in High Prairie (one), Westlock (two), Athabasca (two), and Whitecourt (one).

There were no new outbreaks. As of March 11, there were three in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River’s closest neighbours – Westlock (two) and High Prairie (one).

COVID risk

On March 8, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health said, “We no longer need to respond to COVID as the biggest health threat we collectively face and yet we still need to mitigate its direct impacts … We can move to seeing COVID as one risk among many.”

Nearby

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the M.D. of Lesser Slave River (inc. Slave Lake and Sawridge) decreased. It also decreased (or stayed the same) in most of its neighbouring municipalities. The only exception was Northern Sunrise County, which increased from five to seven.

COVID cases from the eight days from Mar. 4 to 11 (active on Mar. 11):

  • Lesser Slave River – eight active (three new & 14 recovered) – zero outbreaks (two removed).
  • Big Lakes County – 67 active (29 new & 37 recovered) – one outbreak (one removed).
  • Westlock County – 25 active (10 new & 30 recovered) – two outbreaks (two removed).
  • M.D. of Opportunity – 16 active (19 new & 15 recovered) – zero outbreaks (one removed).
  • Woodlands County – zero active (one recovered).
  • Whitecourt – 11 active (seven new & 13 recovered) – zero outbreaks (one removed).
  • Athabasca County – 13 active (four new & 11 recovered) – zero outbreaks (two removed). 
  • Northern Sunrise County – seven active (five new & three recovered).

The number of cases may be higher as COVID numbers on alberta.ca only include PCR tests. Not everyone is eligible for PCR tests. 

The number of active cases in the AHS North Zone decreased over the eight days from March 4 to 11. Graph built by Leader staff with statistics from alberta.ca.

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