April 3 COVID-19 update: Slave Lake back to three, five new deaths in Alberta

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

Updated April 4, 2020

Slave Lake once again has three COVID-19 cases.

There are two new cases in the North zone, says covid19stats.alberta.ca.

The third case in Slave Lake health region is likely a new case. At the very least, it makes sense to treat it as one. It is a good reminder to continue social distancing and other health measures.  

This is exactly what Town of Slave Lake Mayor Taylor Warman has been saying since before there were cases in Slave Lake. He says, no matter how many cases there are in Slave Lake the health advice remains the same. Wash your hands, keep two metres apart, stay home whenever possible, and isolate when you are required to do so.

As many people are aware, on March 28th, the number of the cases recorded in Slave Lake on the interactive map on covid19stats.alberta.ca went from three to two.

John Muir, Alberta Government Communications Director, Communications and Public Engagement says, this likely means that the person’s address was entered wrong or they no longer live in the area. It does not mean that someone has recovered, as the interactive map on covid19stats.alberta.ca keeps a running tally of cases of COVID-19.

The locations of the recovered cases in Alberta have not been released.

Since that time, there has been one North zone case which the local region wasn’t confirmed. Today, three locations were confirmed, two of them new. These are in Slave Lake, Jasper, and Bonnyville.

There is no guarantee which cases are new and which one was reported earlier and just now allocated. In the long run, it doesn’t make much difference and makes sense for each of the three communities to think of their case as a new one, and a good reminder to keep social distancing.

Five new deaths in Alberta

Across Alberta, five more people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in an April 3 COVID-19 video update. Four of these are from one Calgary seniors’ care facility. In total, eight people from this facility have died. The other death was a woman in her 20s in Edmonton, it isn’t clear if she had any underlying health risks.

This young woman’s death is “a tragic reminder,” said Dr. Hinshaw. That not only the elderly and people with underlying health issues may get a severe version of COVID-19. She continued, “the measures we have in place are to protect all of us. We don’t know who will have a severe illness.”  

There have been 18 COVID-19 deaths in Alberta: three in the North zone, 11 in the Calgary zone and four in the Edmonton zone.

North zone

The North zone covers the top half of Alberta. It includes such communities as Jasper, Cold Lake, Slave Lake, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, and High Level.

All cases are by the health region only. The exact town, village, hamlet, or farm is unknown.

These geographic health regions cover a large amount land. For example, the Slave Lake region goes north as far as Red Earth Creek, west as far as Assineau, and south likely to Smith and possibly Flatbush.

North zone cases

Health RegionApril 3
Peace River8
High Prairie (1st March 16)7
Slave Lake (two from March 20, one from April 3)3
Westlock (1st March 25)1
Wabasca0
Athabasca0
City of Grande Prairie2
Grande Prairie County (1st March 24)1
Barrhead2
Bonnyville (one new)5
Cold Lake2
Jasper (one new)5
Hinton (1st March 23)3
Fort McMurray (2nd Mar. 25)3
Valleyview1
Falher (1st five Mar. 28, one Mar. 29)11
High Level (1st Mar. 28)1
Mayerthorpe (1st Mar. 28; one Mar. 29)2
Total North zone57

Alberta

As of April 3rd, Across Alberta, 196 people have recovered, said Dr. Hinshaw. This is 22 more than yesterday.

In Alberta, there are 107 new cases of COVID-19, said Dr. Hinshaw, for a total of 1,075. Of these, there are 29 new cases of suspected cases of community transmission, for a total of 137. The large increase reflects the lab catching up on a backlog of tests. When looked at by the date the testing swabs were taken, not processed in the lab, the number of new cases each day is relatively stable, which may suggests our efforts to flatten the curve are working.

There are currently 39 people with COVID-19 hospitalized, of whom 15 are in intensive care units (ICU), says the Alberta government’s April 3rd COVID-19 update. Since the pandemic reached Alberta on March 6th, there have been 74 COVID-19 patients in hospital, of whom 24 have been in ICU.

Alberta Health Services is prohibiting in-person visits of patients, Dr. Hinshaw said, except for rare cases which will be decided upon on a case by case basis.

Albertans are encouraged to practice social distancing, wash their hands often, and stay at home whenever possible.

The most up to date mandatory isolation rules include anyone with any symptoms such as a sore throat or cough, must stay at home for 10 days or until they feel better, whichever is longer.

People who have travelled outside of Canada must isolate at home for 14 days, plus the above if they start to have any symptoms. The same for anyone whose had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Quick facts from the Alberta government

  • The most important measures that Albertans can take to prevent respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, is to practice 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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