March 22 COVID-19 update

Slave Lake holding at three; two new in North zone

Pearl Lorentzen

Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake region remains at three confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

On March 22, the government of Alberta announced two new COVID-19 cases in the North zone. One of these cases is in High Prairie region, which brings the total for that health region up to five. The other is in Jasper area. There were no new cases in the Slave Lake region. 

Slave Lake region

The first two cases in Slave Lake region 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 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 of the third case 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.

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 22 at 3:30 p.m.

North zone COVID-19 cases. 

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

Health Regionnumber of COVID-19 cases
Peace River0
High Prairie – first case March 161 new, making the total 5
Slave Lake – first cases March 203
Wabasca0
Barrhead2
Bonnyville3
Cold Lake1
Jasper1 new, for a total of 2
City of Grande Prairie2
Fort McMurray1
Total North zone18

Alberta

Across Alberta, there were thirty-three new cases on March 22, making the provincial total 259. There were thirty-one new cases the day before. 

The first confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Alberta was on March 6 in Calgary, 16 days ago. The largest daily increase so far was on March 20 with 49 new cases. 

As of March 22, the overall curve is equal to the number of cases doubling every two days. 

“Aggressive public health measures continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19,” says the government of Alberta media release. 

Across the province, the majority of cases are still from travel or close contact, says the Alberta COVID-19 statistics. There are twenty cases of suspected community spread. 

Across the province, 18 patients are hospitalized, seven are in intensive care units (ICU), and one died on March 19, says the media release. Three recovered on March 20. The government is working on a long-term process for reporting recoveries. 

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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