March 18 COVID-19 update

Three new cases of COVID-19 in North Zone; still none in Slave Lake

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

There are three new cases in Alberta Health Services North Zone as of 4:30 p.m. on March 18, says the Alberta government in a news release. This makes four in that zone.

This health zone covers the northern half of the province, including Slave Lake, Kinuso, Smith, Loon River, Red Earth Creek, and Wabasca.

There are still no confirmed cases in Slave Lake, said Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman in a video update at 6:30 p.m. on March 18.

The North Zone two cases were in High Prairie and Cold Lake areas, on March 16.

In the North Zone, 1,215 people have been tested, says alberta.ca/covid19. Four came back as positive. 

In his video report, mayor Warman mentioned the work being done behind the scenes by the town to prepare, various financial assistance being offered by the province, the extension of income tax until June 1, and other things. 

Mayor Warman also reminded people “to keep a social distance, stay home if you have symptoms and isolate. Call 811 or use the self assessment tool and if your symptoms warrant it, AHS will send someone to your door to collect a swab for testing.”

In Alberta, the first confirmed case was on March 6 in Calgary. The number has increased quickly. The latest number is 119 throughout the province. This is 22 more than March 17. 

Quick facts from the Alberta government and Alberta Health Services

  • 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, 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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