March 20 COVID-19 update (evening)

Province-wide three people recovered; three confirmed cases in Slave Lake region

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

As of March 20 at 5:30 p.m., there are three confirmed COVID-19 cases in Slave Lake health region. This is one more than announced in the morning.

At around 11 a.m. on March 20, Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman announced the first two in a video update. 

The two people are in self isolation, mayor Warman said. The situation is under investigated.

The same evening, the interactive map on alberta.ca/covid had one more case in the Slave Lake health region. 

This new case isn’t necessarily in the Town of Slave Lake, as the region includes other communities. These include Canyon Creek, Wagner-Widewater, Marten Beach, Red Earth Creek, and possibly Peerless-Trout Lake, Assineau, and Smith. 

Slave Lake health region is one of many regions in the Alberta Health Services North zone. 

Across the North zone, there were seven new cases on March 20, bringing the total up to 17.

The North Zone covers the top half of the Alberta. It includes such communities as Cold Lake, Slave Lake, High Prairie, Grande Prairie, Jasper, Fort McMurray, and all the communities north to the territories.

The chart below has a subset of health regions in the North Zone with the number of cases as of March 20 at 5:30 p.m.

North zone COVID-19 cases

(only regions near Slave Lake or with confirmed cases are listed)

Health Region confirmed COVID-19 cases
Peace River 0
High Prairie 4
Slave Lake 3
Wabasca 0
Barrhead 2
Bonnyville 3
Cold Lake 1
Unclassified 4
Total North zone 17

The March 20 5:30 p.m. Alberta government news release has the most recent province-wide statistics. 

There’s some good news. Three Alberta COVID-19 patients have recovered. 

On the flip side, there were 49 new cases in the province, a large jump compared to the 27 new cases yesterday. 

There are 195 confirmed cases in the province, including the three who have recovered. 

Across the province, 10 patients are hospitalized and five are in intensive care units (ICU). One died on March 19. This death was the first in the province.

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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