As of Oct. 30, the M.D. of Lesser Slave River had four active cases. However, Westlock County and the M.D. of Opportunity were on a ‘watch.’
A “watch is above the threshold, but no additional measures,” says the Alberta COVID status map. On Oct. 30, Westlock County had 24 active cases out of a population of 13,673. Opportunity had 10 out of 6,646.
COVID-19 cases in communities with populations under 10,000 people are included in the county or M.D.
Masks in Westlock
On Oct. 27, the Town of Westlock announced a face covering bylaw, which went into effect on Oct. 28. The news release says, “it is mandatory for members of the public to wear a face covering or mask at all times while in a public place or a public vehicle.”
The previous week, one school in Westlock had an “outbreak: two to four cases,” on the list of school outbreaks. By Oct. 30, this was increased to a “watch: school outbreak declared with five or more cases where disease could have been acquired or transmitted in the school.” Also, a Westlock elementary school had an ‘outbreak.’
Nearby active cases
By October 30, active cases in Lesser Slave and neighbours were:
Lesser Slave (four – four new & one recovered), Opportunity (10 – eight new & seven recovered), Westlock County (24 – 12 new & one recovered), Big Lakes County (one – one new & two recovered), Athabasca County (three – two new & one recovered), Town of Whitecourt (population over 10,000 in Woodlands County) (three – new), Woodlands County (zero), and Northern Sunrise County (zero).
Starting November 2, runny nose and sore throat are now “non-core” symptoms for children (people under 18), an Alberta government news release says. These are still “core” symptoms for adults. The difference is: a 10-day quarantine and COVID test is required for core symptoms, but not non-core. Children with one “non-core” symptom and no known exposure are required to stay home for 24-hours. If they improve, they don’t have to be tested. Once they feel well, they can go back to their normal routine. For two or more non-core symptoms, children are encouraged to get tested.
The next COVID-19 update will be Friday, November 6, 2020.