April 6 COVID-19 update: all Slave Lake cases recovered

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

As of April 6, all four Slave Lake cases have recovered, says the map on covid19stats.alberta.ca.

While this is good news, it is not an excuse to stop social distancing.

As Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman has been saying since this started in his various updates. This is marathon not a sprint, and no matter how many cases we have the advice remains the same: wash your hands, keep two metres apart, stay home whenever possible, and isolate when you are required to do so.

North zone

The chart below has all cases divided by active, recovered, and deaths. Below the chart, there is information on new cases.

Instead of being classified by health region, the new map is by county, which except for Cold Lake, Jasper, Grande Prairie, and Fort McMurray includes all towns within its borders. These means that the M.D. of Lesser Slave River includes the Town of Slave Lake.

North zone cases and deaths

Health RegionCountyActiveRecoveredDeathsTotal
Slave LakeM.D. Lesser Slave River 4 4
High PrairieBig Lakes County104115
FalherM.D. Smoky River191222
WestlockWestlock County1  1
Peace RiverNorthern Sunrise County 4 4
 County of Northern Lights1  1
 M.D. of Peace32 5
High LevelMacKenzie County1  1
ValleyviewM.D. of Greenview11 2
City of Grande PrairieCity of Grande Prairie 2 2
Grande Prairie CountyGrande Prairie County2  2
BarrheadCounty of Barrhead 2 2
BonnyvilleM.D. of Bonnyville43 7
Cold LakeCity of Cold Lake12 3
JasperMunicipality of Jasper5117
Fort McMurrayFort McMurray22 4
Wood BuffaloWood Buffalo2  2
HintonYellowhead County21 3
MayerthorpeLac St. Anne County11 2
TotalTotalsActive
55
Recovered 30Deaths
4
89
Data is from covid19stats.alberta.caand is accurate as of March 6 only counties or cities with cases are listed. Unless otherwise stated cases may be in the county or in the towns within the county.

Deaths

There were no new North zone deaths on April 6th, but one in the Alberta. Two of the North zone deaths were already known to be from Grouard and McLennan. The new data reveals one other death in the Falher heath region, also known as the M.D. of Smoky River.

The other North zone death a person from the municipality of Jasper.

Across the province, 24 people have died from COVID-19, says the covid19stats.alberta.ca. The new death today is in Calgary.

New North zone cases

There are 12 new cases in the North zone. This is the second largest day for this health zone. The largest increase was 16 on March 27.

Big Lakes County to the west of the M.D. of Lesser Slave River has five new cases, for a total of 15.

Just to the west of that county, M.D. of Smoky River has the most cases in the North zone. It has four new cases, bringing the total to 22.

In the old system, Northern Sunrise County, the County of Northern Lights, and M.D. of Peace were all lumped into the Peace River health region. As of yesterday, there were nine cases in that region. Today, the total of all three counties is ten. The case is either in the county of Northern Lights or M.D. of Peace, as all four Northern Sunrise County cases have recovered.

Grande Prairie County has one new case, for a total of two cases.

The final new case is in the Municipality of Jasper, which now has seven cases.

Across the North zone, there are 55 active cases, 30 people have recovered, and four people have died. The total number of cases since the first case on March 16 are 89 cases. This is seven per cent of the total cases in Alberta.

Alberta

There are 1,348 cases of COVID-19 in Alberta, says the covid19stats.alberta.ca. Of these, 361 people have recovered and 24 people have died.

“Not everyone how feels sick needs to be tested,” said Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, in a video update. The goal of testing is to diagnose and treat people who are most likely to have a severe case of the disease, track the spread of COVID-19, and the impact of the public health measures on the spread.

On April 5, the list was expanded to include first responders, people responsible for enforcing COVID-19 measures, and prison staff. Starting tomorrow morning, 65 and over with symptoms such as a runny nose, fever, or sore throat will be tested.

Quick facts

  • 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.
  • 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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