March 21 COVID-19 update

Slave Lake holding at three cases: North zone numbers corrected from 17 to 16 cases

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

On March 21, there were no new COVID-19 cases in either Slave Lake region or in the North zone. Slave Lake region is holding at three cases. 

Slave Lake region

The first two cases were announced on the morning of March 20, by Town of Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman in a video update. The third was in the y Alberta government’s daily update the same evening. 

Having cases in Slave Lake, doesn’t change the health recommendation, said mayor Warman. “Social distancing works. Keep doing what you are doing.” Slave Lake wasn’t going to stop the virus from coming. The goal is to tamp down the curve. The businesses and most citizens are doing this. However, there are still a few people who have travelled out of Canada, who aren’t self isolating. If you have travelled outside of Canada, “100 per cent you should self isolate.”

The government update only had the Alberta Health Services regions. 

Based on maps of the AHS regions, the Slave Lake region includes Slave Lake, Canyon Creek, Wagner-Widewater, Marten Beach, Red Earth Creek, and possibly Peerless-Trout Lake, Assineau, and Smith.

This third person could be in any of these communities. 

North zone

The Slave Lake region is one of many in the AHS North zone.

In the North zone, on March 20th the government’s update had 17 cases The The March 21 update has one less. 

The report also has one case where the zone wasn’t yet known. This is likely the patient, who was attributed to the North zone on the 20th. 

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 territories.

The chart below has a subset of health regions in the North zone with the number of cases as of March 21 at 4 p.m.

North zone COVID-19 cases. 

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

Health Region number of COVID-19 cases
Peace River 0
High Prairie 4
Slave Lake 3
Wabasca 0
Barrhead 2
Bonnyville 3
Cold Lake 1
Jasper 1
Unclassified 2
Total North zone 16

Alberta

Across Alberta, there were thirty-one new cases, making the provincial total 226. 

Across the province, 11 patients are hospitalized, six are in intensive care units (ICU), and one died on March 19. 

Three recovered on March 20. The government didn’t have updated numbers on March 21. 

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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