March 19 COVID-19 update

One death in Alberta, six new cases in the North Zone, but still none in Slave Lake

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

One COVID-19 patient has died in Alberta, says the Alberta government, in a March 19th news release. This is Alberta’s first COVID-19. The individual was a man in his 60s, with pre-existing conditions. He was admitted to ICU in the Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone on March 12. 

There are six new cases in the North Zone as of 5 p.m. on March 19, says the news release. This makes ten cases in this zone.

The North Zone covers the top half of the province, which includes Slave Lake, Kinuso, Smith, Loon River, Red Earth Creek, and Wabasca. 

Across the province there were 27 new cases, bringing the total up to 146. 

As of 4:30 p.m. on March 19, there are still zero cases in Slave Lake, said Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman, in a video update. In Slave Lake, over the last two weeks, there have been people in self isolation, who have been tested. The process takes some time. At this point, none of the tests have come back positive for the virus. 

In the North Zone, 1,615 people have been tested, says alberta.ca/covid19. Only 10 came back positive. This is 400 more tests on March 19 alone. 

At some point, someone in Slave Lake will test positive, said mayor Warman. When this happens, he will announce it. Whether there is a positive case in Slave Lake or not, the messaging remains the same. If you have symptoms call 811. Do not go to the hospital. Do not call 911. 

All cases in the north zone are males between the age of 25 and 35, says alberta.ca/covid19

The website also has an interactive map, which has some geographic data. It wasn’t working at the time of publication, and only had one of the two new cases on March 18th. 

The two cases on the map as of March 18 were one in Cold Lake and another near High Prairie, specifically Grouard. (See The Leader article “1st COVID-19 Case in HP Confirmed by Family.”)

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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